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

The Impact of National Health Care Reform on Washington State

February 14, 2011 in Publications


State has an opportunity to design a real patient-directed health model insurance exchange

February 11, 2011 in In the News
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The Health Technology and Assessment Program

February 10, 2011 in Publications

Key Findings

Yesterday's Federal Court Ruling

February 1, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday Federal District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Because the legislation has no severability clause and because the individual mandate is a central part of the law, he ruled the entire law is invalid.

Government Drug Research

January 28, 2011 in Blog

A recent report in The New York Times revealed a new government center to do drug research. The Obama Administration is concerned that pharmaceutical companies do not do enough basic research and do not have enough new drugs in their pipelines. The government is set to provide $1 billion a year to perform this research under the auspicious of The National Institute of Health. Never mind that last year drug companies spent a total of $46 billion on research.

Mandatory Drug Take-back Programs Lack Scientific Support, Waste Resources

January 27, 2011 in Publications

SB 5234 and HB 1370 would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to participate in a mandatory drug take-back program to collect unused or unwanted drugs. Previous versions of drug take-back legislation focused on using take-back programs to remove trace elements of drugs from the environment.

Naming the New Federal Health Care Reform Law

January 25, 2011 in Blog

Although "RomneyCare" and "HillaryCare" are accepted and descriptive, "ObamaCare" is now felt to be pejorative and not suitable for labeling the new federal health care reform law.

So what to call it? The given name is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA.

Washington Has an Opportunity to Design a Patient-directed Health Insurance Exchange

January 25, 2011 in Publications

Major health care legislation became federal law last year. One half of the $1 trillion cost of the legislation will be spent on taxpayer-funded subsidies to purchase health insurance in new state health insurance exchanges. Eligibility for the subsidy will be based on an income of 133% to 400% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, 400% of the poverty level is currently $88,000, which will increase to $96,000 by 2016. Obviously, under the new federal reform subsidies will go to upper middle class people as well as the poor.