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ESHB 1368 Passed House and Senate
Engrossed, substitute house bill 1368 made it through the Washington State House and Senate and has been delivered to the Governor. This proposed legislation includes allocation of $1.66M in federal COVID relief funds to free clinics. Here’s the link to the bill.

Thank you to everyone who advocated on behalf of this legislation. Special thanks to The Olympia Free Clinic’s executive director, and WHAA board treasurer, Katie Madinger, who provided excellent, live testimony. 

Grant funding will be distributed through the Washington State Health Care Authority. WHAA will work to ensure a simple process for clinic funding applications and reporting
COVID Vaccination Training Support
The UWSOM School of Nursing has put together COVID vaccination training materials. You can find the materials in our shared folder by following this link.
Fraud Alert (Issued from the state)
The Office of the Attorney General has issued a warning that scammers posing as members of the Washington Medical Commission are calling providers claiming their licenses have been suspended. Details can be found here.
Updates and Housekeeping
Clinic Calls/Structured Conversations
Our next clinic call is Monday, February 22 at 11:00 AM. Please send any topics you'd like to discuss here. Call details can be found here.

License Renewal Options
If you are only using your professional license for unpaid work, the Department of Health will renew it at no cost to you. License renewals can now be submitted three ways:
2) Scan and email to: ruralhealth@doh.wa.gov
3) Fill out this form and fax: 360-236-2830

Malpractice Insurance
All active policies will auto-renew on July 1, 2021. You can always get a PDF of your current certificate by contacting us.

Site and Healthcare Volunteer Surveys
Surveys will be sent out over the next two weeks to both the clinic contacts and all healthcare volunteers. For those sites that are National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) members, we will use the data submitted to the NAFC and you will not need to fill out the VRP site survey this year.
You are receiving this newsletter due to your enrollment in the Volunteer and Retired Providers (VRP) Program. If you are no longer using the VRP program to support your work or have any questions at all, please contact us.
P.O. Box 7242
Tacoma, WA 98417