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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SB 5773: Offering Health Savings Accounts and Direct Patient-provider Primary Care Practices to State Employees

March 21, 2011 in Publications

SB 5773 deals with expanding health insurance options for state employees.  The bill directs the Health Care Authority to include health savings accounts (HSAs) and direct patient-provider primary care practices, or medical homes, in the list of available health insurance plans for state workers. Currently state employees are barred from choosing HSAs as their family health care benefit.

Health Savings Accounts

States need more Medicaid flexibility

March 4, 2011 in In the News
Port Orchard Independent
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Port Orchard Independent
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Congress must provide states more Medicaid flexibility

February 28, 2011 in In the News
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Monday, February 28, 2011

Emerson doesn’t swallow pill take-back program

February 24, 2011 in In the News
SeattlePI.com
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SeattlePI.com
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Emerson doesn’t swallow pill take-back program

February 24, 2011 in In the News
Whidbey News-Times
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Whidbey News-Times
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The unpopular Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

February 24, 2011 in In the News
Snohomish Times
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Snohomish Times
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Insurance Commissioner Seeks to Expand the Power of His Office and to Lower Insurance Reserves

February 22, 2011 in Publications

Introduction

Health insurance is heavily regulated in Washington. Some level of state regulation is essential for insurance to be effective and to protect consumers against fraud. At the same time, too much regulation drives up prices, stifles competition and reduces choice and affordability for consumers. A bill proposed by the state Insurance Commissioner would increase the power of his office and weaken insurance companies by forcing them to lower their reserves.

Background

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.