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

Requiring Large Employers to Pay for Health Care Benefits for Part-Time Employees (HB 2588)

February 28, 2014 in Publications

Background

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all employers with 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance or pay a tax (penalty) to the federal government. The provision will be enforced by the IRS. Full-time is defined as an employee who works at least 30 hours per week. The tax is now called by the Orwellian term “employer responsibility penalty,” which implies employers should take a certain action even when the law does not require it.

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State

February 21, 2014 in Publications



Keeping Your Health Insurance If You Like It

February 19, 2014 in Publications

Background

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that after January 1, 2014, all health insurance policies must contain 10 benefit mandates as determined by federal regulators. Because of this rule, 16 million people nationally and 290,000 in Washington state lost their existing health insurance.

Bill Would Require Health Coverage for Virtually All Part-Time Workers at Large Companies

February 13, 2014 in Blog

During this Legislative Session there has been no shortage of bills that would increase the cost of doing business in Washington and stymie job creation.

In the Midst of Rocky Obamacare Implementation, Governor's Bill Seeks to Create New State Health Care Program

January 27, 2014 in Publications

Background

Adverse Risk Selection Continues in the Washington State Health Insurance Exchange

January 26, 2014 in Blog

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange just released the latest enrollment numbers. (Here) These were  the enrollment figures from December 23rd, which was the deadline for coverage that began on January 1, 2014. Although somewhat improved over the November data, the numbers still reflect a serious adverse selection problem.

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State

January 21, 2014 in Publications

“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it...”
-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 9, 2010

Key Findings