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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Health Insurance Companies Request an Average of 15.2 Percent Premium Increase in Washington State

June 2, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the premium requests for health insurance companies for 2016. The information applies to plans compatable with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, and those sold through the state and federal health insurance exchanges. CMS organized the requests on a state by state basis. Only requests of a 10 percent or more increase were required to be submitted.

Association Health Plans Under Attack in Washington State

May 28, 2015 in Blog

The Washington state legislature legalized Association Health Plans (AHPs) in 1995. The idea was to allow employers with 50 or fewer empoyees to buy high quality and affordable health insurance in the "large group market." Small employers could band together and form an AHP as long as they were in related industries.

Time to make funding for public mental health services a priority

May 20, 2015 in Publications

The treatment of mentally ill patients has undergone radical changes in the past 150 years, and not always for the better. Unfortunately, public health treatment remains grossly underfunded and consequently care is fragmented and places a huge social burden on American communities.

People with mental illnesses range from perfectly functional individuals to those with severe disabilities who are unable to care for themselves. The role of government is to serve as a safety-net and to help dysfunctional, impaired people who may do harm to themselves or others.

Time to make funding for public mental health services a priority

May 15, 2015 in Publications

Download a PDF of this legislative memo with sources and citations here.

The treatment of mentally ill patients has undergone radical changes in the past 150 years, and not always for the better. Unfortunately, public health treatment remains grossly underfunded and consequently care is fragmented and places a huge social burden on American communities.