New Law Would Allow Key Peninsula Fire District 16 To Offer More Care

  • Source: Key Peninsula News
  • Published: 03/02/2020 12:00 AM

The state Legislature is on track to approve Senate Bill 6058, a Key Peninsula Fire District 16-inspired measure to change existing law granting it the authority to provide basic care and preventive medicine to anyone in the community. State Sen. Emily Randall (D-26th, Bremerton) agreed to sponsor the bill and found four other co-sponsors. SB 6058 provides authority to KPFD to operate its own health clinic, in whatever form that might take, funded by reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. Only two other fire districts in the state are authorized to run their own clinics — South Kitsap and Point Roberts — and do so for similar reasons: issues of access to health care, difficulty attracting providers, and overlap between emergency medical services and hospitals. “This simple expansion of health care access will meet our neighbors’ health care needs in a more efficient and affordable way,” Randall said.


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