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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Medical transparency needs to become one of the nation’s top priorities

February 19, 2015 in In the News
Big News Network
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Big News Network
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Make medical providers compete on price as well as quality

February 9, 2015 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Legislative Memo – HB 1514, to allow the use of dental office support services

February 5, 2015 in Publications

Proposal would modernize current law and provide more certainty for dentists and Dental Support Organizations

State Health Benefit Exchange Numbers Significantly Below Predicted

February 5, 2015 in Blog

The Washington State Health Benefit Exchange released the latest sign-up numbers for 2015. The goal was 213,000 total private-plan enrollees this year, which would include the 140,000 enrollees from 2014 and 83,000 new enrollees. The deadline for applications is February 15.

The numbers are not even close. To date, only 87,000 people (62%) have re-enrolled and only 40,000 individuals are new enrollees this year (48% of the anticipated). In other words the state exchange is 40% below the predicted enrollment.

Does More Medicaid Spending Improve the Economy?

February 4, 2015 in Publications

Proponents of putting more people on Medicaid, the federal program for the poor, say the increased government spending will improve the economy. Is this true?

Medicaid is a health care entitlement that began in 1965. Originally, it provided health insurance to low-income families with children. It has grown to include aid for disability and long-term care. The existing Medicaid costs are covered with both federal and state taxpayer dollars on a 50/50 basis.

The latest cost estimates for Obamacare

January 29, 2015 in Blog

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released its latest estimates on the projected cost of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. (Available at www.cbo.gov) The CBO's original ten year estimate in 2010 was $940 billion. Its latest estimate is for the next four years (until 2019) and at $571 billion is evidently 20 percent lower than the original budget for that period.