Health Care and Wellness Committee, Washington House of Representatives

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The Health Care and Wellness Committee is a standing committee of the Washington House of Representatives.

Per Rule 23 of the House Rules, committee members of the House of Representatives are selected by the caucus of each party.[1] The chairs of the committees are selected by the majority party caucus.[1] The standing committees of the house have the powers of subpoena, to administer oaths, and to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses. [2]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules

Function

The House Health Care & Wellness Committee considers a broad range of issues relating to the provision of physical and mental health care services, long-term care, and strategies to promote better health. Healthcare service issues include the licensing and regulation of health care facilities and the credentialing of health care providers. The committee also regulates pharmacies and pharmaceutical drugs, and has oversight and regulatory responsibility for state and local public health programs. The committee also considers issues relating to the accessibility and affordability of health care in both the private health insurance market and public health programs such as Medicaid and the basic health plan.

(Please note: This is a general description of issue areas considered by committees; not a definitive or exhaustive listing. It is provided solely to assist the public in understanding the general roles of House committees.)[3][4]

Membership

2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Health Care and Wellness Members, 2015
Democratic members (8)Republican members (7)
Eileen Cody, ChairJoe Schmick, Ranking Minority Member
Marcus Riccelli, Vice-ChairPaul Harris, Assistant Ranking Minority Member
Judy ClibbornMichelle Caldier
Laurie JinkinsRichard DeBolt
James MoellerNorm Johnson
June RobinsonJay Rodne
Steve TharingerShelly Short
Kevin Van De Wege

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

2011-2012

The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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