On March 11th, Senate Bill 5889 passed the senior chamber in Washington state. It now goes to the House of Representatives where it will go to committee. The bill allows teens to request that medical procedures be kept off documents that are sent home. “According to opponents of this bill, parents could be ‘stuck’ paying for medical bills they don’t know exist, at least until they receive them in the mail.”1
Should this bill pass, parents would have no knowledge of why their teen went to the doctor or what procedure they had done, but they would still be responsible to pay for it.
Senator Shelly Short (R-Spokane) and other opponents of the bill say this is just another attack on parental rights.
If you are in Washington state, how do you feel about this law? Have you called your representative to share your feelings?