After years of work by our coalition of moms and dads, small business owners, health experts and other advocates all across Washington, on July 5 Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed paid family and medical leave into law for Washington families.

A new baby, a cancer diagnosis, or an ailing parent — at some point in their life, everyone needs to take extended time away from work to care for themselves or a loved one. But now, Washington workers will no longer have to put the health of their families aside to keep their jobs.

Paid family and medical leave will allow workers to take the time they need for a new child or when a serious health condition strikes. Life is unexpected, but the predictability of paid family and medical leave will help.

This victory means new moms and dads will be able to take longer parental leaves so their babies are healthier. New mothers are less likely to go on public assistance, and more likely to earn higher wages after returning to work. People can recover from surgery without risking financial losses. Seniors can stay healthier and independent longer, and are less likely to end up in nursing homes.

The Washington Work and Family Coalition will continue amplifying the voices of people like you all across Washington — working people, moms, dads, small business owners, seniors and caretakers — to fight for policies that support working families. Will you join us?

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Dr. Amanda Jacobsen, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital, knows that our paid family and medical leave proposal would provide better health outcomes for Washington families. The competing proposal doesn't provide enough leave, according to Dr. Jacobsen, the WA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the more than 1,000 Washington pediatricians it represents. You can watch more videos here.