Table of Contents1. What You Need to Know
2. How You Can Share with Friends and Family
3. Take Action
4. Share Your Story
5. Social Media Guidance and Assets
What is the Problem?
Health Care System Consolidation
Health systems across Washington are limiting the reproductive, end-of-life and LGBTQ+ related care that residents need. This problem is exacerbated by the large number of health systems that have consolidated in our state. These consolidations often result in fewer health care options for patients and can be devastating when hospitals or clinics restrict or deny services.
Protecting Pregnant Patients Act
In the event of a pregnancy loss, a pregnant patient and their family should not have to worry that they won’t receive appropriate care because of a hospital’s policies. Yet in Washington, care is often delayed or denied for patients with miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies due to the institutional policies of health systems. The result of delaying or denying care for a patient with a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy can be serious illness or even death. Learn more about the protecting pregnant patient act here, read the frequently asked questions, and read our report on how hospitals delay and deny critical treatment to pregnant patients.
- Share our report on how hospital policies delay and deny critical treatment for pregnant patients on social media.
- Check our guide on virtual legislative sessions and voice your support for this bill.
Here are some messaging ideas:
- Patients should always be the priority. Send a message to Olympia and help ensure access to critical health services for patients in Washington.
- No matter where a patient lives or seeks medical treatment, they should trust that they can get the care they need.
- Health systems in Washington have delayed and denied care to patients who are miscarrying or have an ectopic pregnancy. NO patient should worry about being able to receive the care they need.
- When health systems merge, the government must ensure that communities are able to access the care they need, WHEN they need it.