Washington state has moved to keep group health plan transitions from stranding enrollees who are waiting for organ transplants.
Gov. Christine Gregoire, D, has signed H.B. 1308, a bill sponsored by Washington state Rep. John Driscoll, D-Spokane, that protects organ transplant benefits access for new employees at employers that change health plans.
In some cases, organ transplant candidates who were new group plan members had to face 2 90-day waiting periods before they could qualify for transplant benefits, officials say.