Washington lost a great leader in 2010 with the death of attorney Sandra Duffy JD. Sandra was the codrafter of the health freedom bill in Washington and worked tirelessly with Washington Health Freedom Coalition to get a successful bill passed in Washington. WHFC is not taking a bill forward this year and is working to gather additional leadership team members to go forward in the future. In 2010 they kept themomentum going and laid a strong foundation for change. In the past they have held successful meetings with legislators and regulators and work to build consensus among all parties and finding a sponsor that will be a champion for health freedom.
Washington is unique in that they currently have legislative intent stating that the state does not expect all health care practitioners to be licensed. However, the intent has not held up in cases against the unlicensed practitioners. Health freedom is under major attack in Washington. At least seven licensed and unlicensed practitioners that provide alternative health care have been investigated in the past 3 years. In response to the investigations, activists have formed organizations with the goal of changing the laws.
Health Freedom Washington introduced a safe harbor exemption bill in January 2009, HB1861, by Representative Chase, to protect consumer access to all natural health care practitioners who do not have state mandated licenses. The Chairman of the Health Care and Wellness Committee refused to give the bill a hearing but advocates still work to pass the bill.
Sunshine Health Freedom State Coordinator
Health Freedom Washington