Keiser, Orwall schedule telephone town hall 11/21/2013
Sen. Karen Keiser and Rep. Tina Orwall will host a telephone town hall for 33rd Legislative District residents from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3, focusing on the Affordable Care Act.
At that time, constituents in the areas of Kent, SeaTac, Normandy Park, Des Moines, Burien and Renton will receive a phone call inviting them to stay on the line to participate in the town hall.
On Thursday, I had the uncommon privilege of hosting a visit from 19 journalists from countries in Africa and the Middle East who spent the bulk of the day learning about our state government and Legislature.
OLYMPIA - Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, today joined with President Obama to call for Congressional action on immigration reform. Keiser was among the longtime reform supporters invited to the White House by the president to urge Congress to pass bipartisan reforms to the United States immigration system:
Sen. Karen Keiser joined Dave Ross and Linda Thomas on KIRO Radio to discuss the opening of the new healthcare exchange. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
Fifty-six percent of Washingtonians currently without health insurance may be able to arrange coverage through wahealthplanfinder for less than $100 a month, Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, said today.
Keiser cited a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the options available to Washingtonians as of Oct. 1, when individual and families may begin shopping for coverage through the new health insurance marketplace accessible here in Washington at www.wahealthplanfinder.org. The coverage would begin in January, giving those without coverage three months to decide which plan fits their needs best.
In the coming days, you'll start to hear a lot about the new state “health care exchange” that will enable Washingtonians without health care insurance to purchase affordable plans. Here in Washington, the exchange is called “healthplanfinder” and you can find it at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
Keiser stands up for Medicaid expansion 6/28/2013
Sen. Karen Keiser took the Senate floor today to speak against efforts by the Republican majority to prohibit expansion of Medicaid to 300,000 Washingtonians without health care.
Ever since the revenue shortfalls of the Great Recession began placing increased pressure on our state budgets, arguments have raged over whether the state is spending more or less on public services. Democrats cite year after year of cuts in services, while Republicans point to dollar figures that suggest the state spent more in taxes than in the year before. Who's right?
Information from family and friends soon will be considered when a licensed mental health professional and the court determine whether someone should be involuntarily committed for mental health treatment, thanks to legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.
"People who may need to be committed and receive treatment don’t always present symptoms when being examined and assessed; someone might exhibit none of the signs that immediate commitment is warranted,” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, the sponsor of Senate Bill 5480. “But friends and family who see that person from day to day often see behavior and telltale signs that won’t show up in a single examination.”
Health care professionals and medical facilities will soon be able to donate unused, unopened prescription drugs for distribution to people without health insurance, thanks to legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.
"Every day, we dispose of valuable prescription drugs simply because their recipients have died or no longer need the prescriptions, and meanwhile there are people going without medication simply because they cannot afford it,” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, the sponsor of Senate Bill 5148. “This will provide vital drugs for people who cannot afford them, provided the drugs have not been opened and are still sealed and still well within their expiration dates.”