Washington Senate approves universal health care work group

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a bill that would create a work group to study how universal health care could work in the state.

The measure, which was the last bill taken up by the chamber before a key floor deadline Wednesday, passed on a 28-21 vote. It now heads to the House for consideration.

Several groups would be included in the work group, including the public, community health advocates, businesses, health care providers, and state officials. The group would be tasked with determining how best to implement universal health care, and studying options for increasing coverage and access, options to expand health care purchasing in collaboration with neighboring states, and options on how to pay for such a system.

The group would report its recommendations to the Legislature by Nov. 15, 2020.