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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These five steps offer best way to ease health care crisis

February 16, 2012 in In the News
Spokane Journal of Business
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Spokane Journal of Business
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

3 big health insurers stockpile $2.4 billion as rates keep rising

February 9, 2012 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Proposals to Impose Drug Take-back Mandate Would Increase Health Care Costs and Do Little for the Environment

February 7, 2012 in Publications

Introduction

Proposals to force collection of unused pharmaceuticals claim such mandates are needed to protect ground water quality, stating: “Disposing of medicines by flushing them down the toilet or placing them in the garbage can lead to the contamination of groundwater and other bodies of water, contributing to long-term harm to the environment and to animal life.” There is no firm evidence, however, that this is an accurate description of how pharmaceutical elements end up in groundwater.

Background

Purchasing Health Insurance across State Lines

February 3, 2012 in Publications

Background

Officials in Washington state currently ban citizens from buying health insurance in other states, forcing consumers to choose among a handful of in-state insurers. They also require individual health insurance plans sold in Washington to contain 58 different benefit and provider mandates. Each mandate adds a small incremental cost to the plan, as little as 0.5%, but added together state mandates drive up the cost of health coverage significantly. A total of 58 mandates can increase the price of health insurance by 20 to 25%.

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.