This year’s legislative session concluded on April 23, and the Legislature reached an agreement on their operating and capital budgets for the 2023-25 biennium.
Thanks to advocates like you, the Legislature included partial or total funding for community health centers’ top priority requests this year, and helped to strengthen the state’s health care safety net.
$49.9 million to cover healthcare for undocumented individuals under 138 percent of the federal poverty level through a Medicaid comparable program, starting July 1, 2024.
$25 million to fully fund subsidies for coverage on the Health Benefit Exchange, including individuals who were not previously eligible due to their immigration status.
$20 million in additional funding to the loan repayment program for healthcare professionals. $10 million of that goes to increase the Washington Health Corps Loan Repayment program, which covers a broad range of healthcare providers, and $10 million goes to the Behavioral Health Loan Repayment program, which is for providers of behavioral health services.
$5.2 million for seven dental projects for six community health centers across the state. These projects will allow our health centers to provide services for about 12,453 new patients, and provide approximately 35,113 new dental appointments annually.