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.
Brandon Houskeeper, Policy Analyst, January, 2011
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.
Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst, January, 2011
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.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, January, 2011
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: