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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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

Congress must provide states more Medicaid flexibility

December 6, 2010 in Blog

Earlier this year Washington State officials debated the possibility of opting-out of the federal Medicaid program in order to preserve flexibility in providing health care services to needy families in Washington. As it currently stands, Washington faces a nearly a $6 billion projected budget shortfall. The alternative to opting-out of Medicaid is the potential elimination of all state-only health care programs such as the Basic Health Plan, prescription drug coverage, and the disability lifeline.

Disappointing health care agreement with state workers

December 6, 2010 in In the News
Washington Alliance for a Competitive Economy
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Washington Alliance for a Competitive Economy
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Friday, December 3, 2010