Washingtonians do better when we are healthy.
Advancing healthcare for all.
We champion transformative healthcare system reform at all levels of government.
Together we are stronger.
Collaboration with member organizations strengthens our shared vision for policy advocacy.
Healthy people thrive.
Healthy people means a healthy
economy. Our vision is to achieve healthcare
system reform through unified coalition building.
Alliance for a Healthy Washington (AHW) is a 501(c)(4) non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization for health care system reform in Washington State.
The road to true reform is challenging but through unified coalition building, it is achievable.
A thriving economy is just one benefit of a healthy community. With a healthy Washington, residents and businesses will prosper.
As a member-based group, AHW will advocate for WA State residents in order to enact sustainable, fair, and transformative health care policy that both advances our health care system while also addressing our current health care crises.
AHW plays a key role in generating public support for health care reform into action at the federal, state, and local levels.
During the 2019 Legislative Session, AHW took the lead on advocacy in winning the Pathway to Universal Healthcare Workgroup.
We also supported and advocated on other important health legislation such as Reproductive Healthcare for All, the American Indian Health Parity Act, state behavioral health systems reform, the HEAL Act, Cascade Care, and several more.
In 2020, we sat on the Universal Health Care Work Group and worked on recommendations to the Washington State Legislature which were provided in January of 2021.
From those recommendations, we co-drafted and helped to pass legislation to form a permanent commission which will design a universal health care system for the State of Washington. The legislation was signed by Gov. Inslee on May 13, 2021, and the commission will begin work on transitioning WA State to a universally financed health care system within ninety days of the effective date.
While this is a fledgling organization, it already has made significant progress. With continued outreach, advocacy, and fundraising efforts it could become a leader in both the state and the region on moving the needle on systemic change within our fragmented and unsustainable system.
Below are some key areas we are researching for the future. You may view our legislative priorities for 2021 here.
The 2022 priorities will be posted following our December 2021 membership meeting. Interested in becoming a member?
Visit our membership page.
Expanding Medicaid Coverage to the Age of Twenty-Six
Developing a State-Based Plan for Our Undocumented Population
Obtaining Dental Coverage and Access to Adult Medicaid Recipients
Providing Recommendations to the Permanent Universal Health Care Commission Established by E2SSB 5399 in May 2021.
Alliance for a Healthy Washington’s Board of Directors is compromised of a team of well-known and respected experts in
government policy, research, advocacy, and community outreach and activism. We look forward to working with you.
If you are interested in a board position, please contact Bevin or Nicole G. for further details.
Bevin McLeod, Co-Founder & Board President, assisted in the drafting and advocacy processes that realized the passage of the 2019 Pathway to Universal Healthcare Workgroup whose recommendations lead to AHW’s drafting and advocacy on the newly enacted permanent Universal Healthcare Commission. She has worked with a multitude of diverse stakeholders including tribal partners throughout WA State over the past five years to assist in passing legislation that increases affordability on the Exchange, increases access to maternal Medicaid patients in the postpartum period, expands health systems transparency, requires cost transparency for drug manufacturers, improves the Indian behavioral health system, and more.
Previously, she was the Program Director for Health Care for All-WA, and comes from a diverse background of non-profit management, agricultural and economic development work, and advocacy on behalf of refugee and migrant communities. She is passionate about and committed to working on social justice and equity issues, and is focused on fulfilling projects that make our communities more sustainable and equitable for current and future generations.
Bevin holds degrees in economics and international political economy from the University of Washington.
Imagine a Washington where you, your loved ones, or co-workers never need to use a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for cancer treatment, or a major surgery. Imagine never having to haggle with your insurance company over approval for treatment, or medical equipment, your doctor recommends. Imagine being able to focus on your recovery when you are sick.
Please help us continue this important work by making a donation* today.
Thank you for supporting AHW as we work to expand access to affordable healthcare throughout Washington State.
* AHW is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. Donations are not tax-deducible.
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Opportunities range from very public to less public. For example, speaking with the press or testifying before policymakers to providing a case study in a policy brief, or helping us better understand an issue.
After submitting this form, a board member of our organization may contact you to learn more about your situation, or to discuss potential opportunities to share your story more publicly. Please do not send any protected health information. Reach out to us by submitting a message below.
Alternatively, you may email us at:
Bevin McLeod by email at Bevin.McLeod@allianceforahealthywa.org, or
Nicole Gomez at Nicole.Gomez@allianceforahealthywa.org