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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The Powerful are seeking to exempt themselves from Obamacare

April 25, 2013 in Blog

Obamacare is coming. Under the law going into effect January 1st thousands of Washingtonians will be forced to get government-approved health coverage through the mandatory state exchange.

2013 Eastern Washington Health Care Lunch

April 22, 2013 in Events
Date: 
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Time: 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Place: 
The Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom
10 S. Post Street
Spokane, Washington

Washington Policy Center held its annual Eastern Washington Health Care Lunch in Spokane on June 26, featuring Avik Roy, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writer for Forbes and former health care policy adviser to Mitt Romney; Dr. Karen Summar, health care adviser to the U.S.

2013 Health Care and Small Business dual-conference event

April 19, 2013 in Events
Date: 
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Time: 
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Place: 
SeaTac Hilton
17620 Pacific Highway South
SeaTac, Washington

WPC's 11th Annual Health Care Conference
and biennial Small Business Conference

Health law at 3: Remains unpopular

April 19, 2013 in In the News
Seattle/LocalHealthGuide
Source: 
Seattle/LocalHealthGuide
Date: 
Friday, April 19, 2013

Obamacare Turns Three, Remains Unpopular

April 17, 2013 in Publications

President Obama signed the federal health care bill, The Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law three years ago. Let’s look at what has happened over the past three years.

The law remains extremely unpopular with Americans. Since passage, polls have consistently shown at least 50 percent of voters disapprove of the law. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that only 41 percent of respondents actually understood the law while 57 percent did not.

Update on Health Insurance Mandates

April 10, 2013 in Blog

Benefit and provider mandates in health insurance plans drive up the cost of health insurance. Each state, through either statute or regulatory action, controls the number and type of mandates required in plans sold in that state. Not all mandates are created equal, however. Some add less than one percent to the overall cost of the plan, whereas others such as mental health parity can add 10 percent to the cost. On average, each mandate adds 0.5 to 2.5 percent to the overall price of the insurance plan.

The Doctor Will See You … By Skype

April 9, 2013 in In the News
Heartlander Magazine
Source: 
Heartlander Magazine
Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Biosimilar Drugs Should Not Be Confused with Generic Drugs

March 8, 2013 in Blog

Generic drugs and biosimilar drugs should not be considered equals. Typical drugs are made from small molecules and are chemical substances. Generics can be reproduced by simply replicating the chemical formula of the parent drug. Biologic drugs are made from living, large molecules and their biosimilar replication in form does not guarantee the same function as the parent drug.

HB 1349 Would Weaken Insurance Reserves in Uncertain Economy

March 1, 2013 in Publications

Introduction

By law, health insurance carriers must retain a certain amount of money, or capital, above and beyond the company’s fixed liabilities. These reserves are an indicator of a company’s ability to pay claims, and the level of these reserves reflects the carrier’s financial stability.

Background