Everybody deserves affordable and equitable access to reproductive and sexual health care, regardless of gender, gender identity, citizenship status, or income. Planned Parenthood is joining a broad coalition to guarantee that all Washingtonians – including people who are currently categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status or gender identity – have access to the reproductive health care they need. This bill comes at a critical juncture, when the rights of people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and women are all under attack. Washington state should lead and protect reproductive health equity for all people.
Young people have the right to the information and skills they need to protect their health. They also need to understand what a healthy relationship looks like and have the opportunity to practice good communication skills and affirmative consent before they become sexually active. Washington should build on the 2007 Healthy Youth Act to make sure all youth in public schools get the information and skills they need to protect their health and build their future, including education on consent and sexual assault prevention, by mandating sex education in all public schools.
Health insurance plans routinely send an explanation of benefits (EOB), claims information, and other insurance communications to the primary policyholder of a plan, even when the patient who received care is not the primary policyholder. The result is that sensitive information about enrollees insured as dependents (such as a young person on a parent’s plan) is disclosed to the policyholder. This lack of confidentiality can have serious consequences for health care access, particularly for young people and survivors of domestic violence. The legislature should ensure that all individuals insured as dependents can safely and confidentially access care by implementing robust, enforceable confidentiality protections.