Fortunately, there is more to the story. Last year, WRA led the charge on HB 2642, otherwise known as “No Wrong Door.”
Thanks to WRA’s courageous advocates, collaborations such as the Reimagine Recovery Summit, and events like Recovery Action Day we secured unanimous passage of this legislation to allow same-day access to detox and inpatient addiction treatment. The bill prohibits health carriers from imposing burdensome pre-authorization requirements for inpatient care, which delay treatment by weeks or months.
This critical piece of legislation was able to pass, thanks to the recognition that if we fail to provide people treatment when they’re ready for help, we may never have a second chance. And when we do provide people with access to quality care in their window of willingness, people recover. Thanks to HB 2642, our loved ones will face fewer barriers to the treatment they need.
I’m thrilled to report that there is more to our family’s story, as well.
My daughter and I made a pact. The next time she asked for help, we got in the car and drove her to the nearest treatment center we knew took her insurance and could treat her. We called on our way and told them we would be waiting in their lobby until they admitted her. We were not letting her go this time.
My granddaughter will turn 21 this year. She’s not only alive, she’s thriving! She has been in recovery for almost 2 years now, working two jobs and going to college.
I’m so proud of her. And I’m proud of being part of WRA, an organization that is elevating the voices of the recovery community, and making sure our experiences shape public policy.
Please join me in supporting WRA, so we can put Recovery First for all Washingtonians!