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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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States need Medicaid flexibility

February 16, 2011 in Blog

As states across the country struggle to balance their budgets perhaps no single issue is hampering their options more than the federal restrictions of the Medicaid program. This is why we teamed up with Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Vice Chair of the Republican Conference) to write this op-ed in today's Seattle Times on the need for Congress to provide states Medicaid flexibility.

Congress must provide states more Medicaid flexibility

February 16, 2011 in In the News
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Congress Must Provide States More Medicaid Flexibility

February 15, 2011 in Publications

The Seattle Times published this column on February 15, 2011.

Health Care Freedom for Washington State

February 14, 2011 in Publications

SB 5596 requests that Washington state receive a Medicaid waiver from the federal government.  Instead of receiving the current open-ended dollar match from the federal government, the waiver would ask that Washington receive a fixed amount of money in the form of a federal block grant directed to the state’s Medicaid program. The block grant is a recommendation of the Washington Policy Center that will give the state’s Medicaid program more flexibility.

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
Port Orchard Independent
Port Orchard Independent
Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Health Technology and Assessment Program

February 10, 2011 in Publications

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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.