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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week was the first deadline for the Legislature's 105-day session, what's known as “policy cutoff.” You can read more about what that means here.

As a dentist in my other job, I see firsthand how families and patients are affected by policies made by state and federal government. One problem I saw that came out of the passage of the Affordable Care Act was that stand-alone dental insurance was not offered to those buying health insurance in the state's Health Exchange. The result has been extremely high deductibles for preventative services like a basic cleaning. Unfortunately, families didn't find out about this until after their cleaning when they received the final bill from their insurance company.

I sponsored House Bill 1852 to allow preventative services to be covered for those in the Exchange. In addition, this bill would create a fairer marketplace and lower insurance costs as a result. I'm pleased the proposal received a hearing and was passed out of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee with bipartisan support. Next, the bill must be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives in order to move forward.

Learn more about my bill in this video I recorded with Dr. Lisa Block, a dentist from Gig Harbor:

dental-video

I always enjoy having constituents visit my office in Olympia to share their thoughts. If you can make it down, contact my office! Otherwise, I always welcome your input by email and phone as well.

It's an honor to serve as your 26th District state representative.

Sincerely,


Michelle Caldier

State Representative Michelle Caldier
26th Legislative District
RepresentativeMichelleCaldier.com
122H Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
michelle.caldier@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7802 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000