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

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.

Congress must provide states more Medicaid flexibility

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