It's critical for the state legislature to finalize the budget by the end of the month to avoid a government shutdown. As a home care provider, I know that not meeting the July 1 budget deadline would have real impacts on my clients and thousands of other vulnerable Washington residents. People's need for lifesaving care cannot be put on hold until the legislature gets its work done. I hope that any compromise to reach a budget agreement doesn't sacrifice the state's reasonable investments in health care services or the commitment to expand Medicaid. These have been prioritized so far in the budgeting process and should remain secure.