Washington State Amends Law on Disclosure of Health Care Information

Washington has amended its Public Health and Safety law by establishing requirements for the disclosure of health care information for qualifying persons to receive paid family and medical leave benefits. The amended law imposes timelines on health care providers and facilities for providing certain medical records. For example, health care providers are now required to provide a certification of a serious health condition for qualifying a patient for paid family or medical leave, including any required documentation of a serious health condition, within seven calendar days of receipt of a request and authorization from the patient.

You can access the full text of the amendments here. The amended law is effective June 6, 2024.