Health Care

WPC's Center for Health Care develops patient-centered solutions to reduce costs and improve the availability and quality of health care for businesses and individuals, providing the only detailed, independent critique of health care issues available in the Northwest.

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WPC testifies before Congress on the Small Business Health Option Program exchanges

September 19, 2014 in Blog

Earlier this week, WPC's Health Policy Analyst, Dr. Roger Stark, testified at a Congressional hearing, conducted by the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, to examine the ongoing problems with the Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP) exchanges. 

Rep. Sam Graves, chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, released a statement yesterday, noting how SHOPs have fallen short of intended goals and pointed to a portion of Dr. Stark's testimony:

Reduction in Charity Care for Washington State Hospitals; But At What Cost?

September 15, 2014 in Blog

The Washington State Hospital Association released financials for the first half of 2014 as reported in The Seattle Times today. The big news was a decrease of $154 million in charity care for hospitals in the state. Hospitals believe this 30% decrease in charity care is a result of more people being insured through Obamacare. Specifically, the Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid for more people in the low-income demographic.

Solutions to the Doctor Shortage

September 2, 2014 in Blog

The Seattle Times published an excellent article today outlining the crisis in rural health care delivery. All areas of the nation, but especially the smaller communities, face a real shortage in primary care providers.

Medicaid expansion in Washington state

August 26, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

  1. The Medicaid expansion in Washington state was done with a one-line budget gimmick. The 2015 legislature must again face the long-term impact of what the Medicaid expansion means for the people of our state. Elected officials in Washington owe state taxpayers a formal, specific debate and a clear floor vote on whether to continue the expansion.
     
  2. Washington state taxpayers will see an added cost of an additional $462 million ($383 million plus $79 million) per year because of the Medicaid expansion.

2015 Eastern Washington Solutions Summit

August 12, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Time: 
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: 
3 Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick, WA

Join Washington Policy Center again for our annual Statewide Solutions Summit Policy Conference coming this January 6th, 2015 in Tri-Cities!   

The half-day conference and lunch will cover the following topics:

2015 Bellevue Solutions Summit

August 12, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Time: 
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: 
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Join Washington Policy Center again for our annual Solutions Summit Policy Conference coming this January 7th, 2015 in Bellevue before the beginning of the important 2015 Legislative Session covering the topics: