The 2021 legislative session started off on shaky footing, with many of us worried that major cuts would need to be made. Luckily, it didn’t end up that way. In fact, we experienced a pretty significant turnaround over the past four months.
Thanks to advocates like you – who generated more than 100,000 messages that went to legislators and the Governor – and boosted by increased tax revenue and an influx of federal money through the American Rescue Plan, we ended this legislative session with one of the healthiest budgets we’ve seen in decades. The budget makes significant investments in health care, housing stability, and behavioral health. Not only were we successful in our goal to protect the health care safety net from any cuts – we also saw the Legislature invest $6.2 million in dental capacity at community health centers.
Please, take the time to thank your legislators today. Let them know that we appreciate their work and their investments in our communities. This is a big step in the right direction to help us on the path to recovery following the devastation left by COVID-19.
We also want to say “Thank You” to all of you advocates who take the time to email and handwrite messages to tell elected officials just how critical community health clinics are to you, your family, and your community. We celebrate this win with all of you and hope you can find some relief this year. We cannot do this without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
– Your Save Health Care in WA Team