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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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.

Overview of the Individual Health Insurance Market in Washington State

January 17, 2011 in In the News
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Friday, January 14, 2011

National Health Care Reform and the New Medicaid

January 7, 2011 in In the News
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Friday, January 7, 2011

National Health Care Reform and the New Medicaid

January 5, 2011 in In the News
National Center for Policy Analysis
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National Center for Policy Analysis
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Overview of the Individual Health Insurance Market in Washington State

January 4, 2011 in Publications

The individual health insurance market in Washington state has been in turmoil since the passage of sweeping state health reform nearly twenty years ago. The Democratic state legislature and Governor Lowry passed an extensive health care reform bill in 1993. The policy elements of the law included:

National Health Care Reform and the New Medicaid

January 3, 2011 in Publications

Introduction

Significant federal health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA, passed in March 2010 with narrow partisan support and substantial bi-partisan opposition.

The Congressional Budget Office initially scored the bill as costing approximately $1 trillion, but it has since adjusted the costs substantially higher. The higher costs are due to administrative fees (around $40 billion), increased insurance subsidies, and a doubling of Medicaid, essentially creating a new Medicaid program.

National Health Care Reform and the New Medicaid

January 3, 2011 in Publications

Introduction

Significant federal health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA, passed last spring with narrow partisan support and substantial bipartisan opposition. A social entitlement program of this magnitude has never passed Congress without broad support from both major political parties. The law remains controversial, with 20 states filing suit against it in federal court.

Washington Needs Medicaid Flexibility

December 13, 2010 in In the News
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Monday, December 6, 2010