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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What Do the Obamacare Sign-up Numbers Really Mean?

April 2, 2014 in Blog

The final (sort of) numbers are out and the Obamacare supporters are doing the Happy Dance. The "official" enrollment number for the health insurance exchanges is 7.1 million people, which has been the goal since enrollment began on 10/1/13. The "sort of" comes from the fact that the Obama Administration has allowed an extention for people experiencing "hardships" in signing up. These hardships are self-reported, so essentially the Administration has extended the open enrollment period indefinitely.

Oversight of the Office of Insurance Commissioner

March 27, 2014 in Blog

It's been said there are two things you never want to see being made - sausage and legislation. In many cases, proposed legislation morphs into a totally different bill when finally passed. Fortunately, this was not exactly the situation with SB 6458.

The Impact

March 27, 2014 in In the News
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

12th Annual Health Care Conference

March 26, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Time: 
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: 
Hilton Bellevue Hotel
300 112th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Watch the conference on TVW!

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Obamacare’s Implementation Problems: More than just a broken website

March 17, 2014 in Publications
On November 14, 2013, Dr. Roger Stark, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, was invited to testify in Washington, D.C. before the Congressional House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Stark’s testimony follows.

Background

Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) and the Affordable Care Act

March 17, 2014 in Publications
On February 5, 2014, Dr. Roger Stark, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, was invited to testify in Washington, D.C. before the Congressional Joint Subcommittees of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, or CO-OPs, and the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Stark’s testimony follows.

Background

Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee for the opportunity to testify today on the CO-OP plans created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The facts about class envy and income inequality

March 17, 2014 in Publications

President Obama and activists on the Left would like to use the topic of income inequality as a campaign issue in 2014 and probably in the 2016 elections. They say that the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is shrinking, and that’s why we should calmly accept their political plans to expand the reach of government power into lives of all Americans.

Update on Health Savings Accounts

March 10, 2014 in Blog

The current version of health savings accounts (HSA) began in 2003, so we now have 10 years of experience with them. The Devenir Group recently published an update on HSA utilization through the end of 2013. The popularity of these plans continues to grow in spite of the limitations placed on them by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

One More Obamacare Delay

March 5, 2014 in Blog

The Obama Administration announced yet one more major delay in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (Here) People who have health insurance in the individual market may now keep their non-Obamacare-compliant insurance for an additional two years instead of one year.