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.

What's New

An Opportunity to Tailor Health Plans

January 24, 2012 in Publications

The Spokesman-Review published this column on January 22, 2012.

Health insurance premiums have been increasing much faster than the cost of living. A new ruling from the federal government has the ability to lower these insurance premium costs.

An opportunity to tailor health plans

January 23, 2012 in In the News
Spokesman-Review (Spokane)
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Spokesman-Review (Spokane)
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Insurance Commissioner Proposal Would Weaken Insurance Carriers by Lowering their Financial Reserves

January 20, 2012 in Publications

Introduction

By law, health insurance carriers must retain a certain amount of money, or capital, above and beyond the company’s fixed liabilities. These reserves are an indicator of a company’s ability to pay claims and reflect the carrier’s financial stability.

Background

Creating the Safety Net Assessment to Fund Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

January 17, 2012 in Publications

Washington state is currently facing a budget shortfall of billions of dollars. In spite of holding a special session this past fall, lawmakers failed to solve the budget deficit. Many social services are facing either significant funding cuts or no appreciable increase in state-paid reimbursement levels.

Looming doctor shortage

December 8, 2011 in In the News
Snohomish Times
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Snohomish Times
Date: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Looming Doctor Shortage Is One More Example Why Central Planning Doesn't Work In Health Care

December 6, 2011 in Publications

The U.S. in general, and Washington state in particular, are facing a severe doctor shortage in the next 10 to 15 years. Not only is the population growing, but the baby boomer generation is aging and will require more medical services in the near future.

Also, the new federal health care law will give health insurance to 30 million previously uninsured people over the next few years. These millions of newly insured patients will further strain our stretched provider network.

The Looming Doctor Shortage

November 30, 2011 in Publications

Key Findings