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On March 26, 2016, a proposal was submitted to the Washington State Democratic Platform Committee to add a “Family Caregivers” section to the state platform. You can download the submission as a PDF file.
The Washington State Democratic Party formally adopted a platform at the State Convention on June, 19, 2016. The words “caregiver” and “caregiving” do not appear in the document. The platform does call for “Improved oversight of elder care, including a long-term care system that provides in-home elder care alternatives to nursing homes.” It also provided for “Respecting the rights of all adults, including seniors and persons with disabilities, to direct their own lives in housing, education and all other life choices to the extent of their abilities”. Furthermore, it provides that “Health care coverage to be comprehensive – including outpatient and inpatient services; acute and long-term care; home care, palliative care, end-of-life counseling, … Medical decisions should be patient-centered, made primarily among patients, their families and providers.” You can read the entire Washington State Democratic 2016 Platform.
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Seattle, WA 98104
Key dates for the Washington Democratic Party
- Resolutions were accepted at the precinct caucuses on March 26, 2016.
- The Washington Democratic Party State Convention took place on June 19, 2016 where the Party Platform was formally adopted.
About the Platform Process
Members of the State Convention Platform Committee are endorsed by local party organizations and formally appointed by the State Party Chair. In addition to a State Convention Platform Committee, the Washington Democratic State Central Committee maintains a standing Resolutions Committee, which reviews proposed resolutions to the State Central Committee and recommends their adoption or rejection. You can read detailed procedural information on the Resolutions Process.