In 2019, there were more than 735,000 residents who identify as AANHPI, which makes up close to 10% of the state’s population, larger than any other minority group. Compassion & Choices continues to monitor legislation and access issues to Washington’s Death With Dignity Act. 

  • We submitted testimony in support of several improvement bills to improve legislation in the state to remove unnecessary regulatory roadblocks that limit access to everyone, including AANHPI communities. 

In March 2020, HB 1608 was passed and signed by the Governor. It requires that healthcare providers be allowed to provide medically accurate information as it relates to the Death with Dignity Act without limitation or retaliation from a healthcare facility, so long as the provider acted in good faith, acted within his or her scope of practice and within accepted standards of care. The bill was signed by the Governor on March 25, 2020. For more information about Washington, click here.