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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ObamaCare is four years old – what does implementation look like?

May 1, 2014 in Publications

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, four years ago, yet the sweeping health care law remains unpopular with Americans. The Rasmussen poll reported in early March 2014 that 56 percent of voters had an unfavorable opinion of the ACA. This number has not changed significantly over four years. Many early supporters of the law, including some labor unions, are now dissatisfied and oppose Obamacare.

Even If You Like Your Employer-sponsored Health Insurance, You Probably Won't Be Able To Keep It

May 1, 2014 in Blog

Almost half the people in the U.S. have employer-sponsored health insurance. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, taxes or fines employers with more than 49 employees if they don't provide health insurance to their employees. The financial penalty is set at either $2,000 or $3,000 per employee per year, depending on whether the employer offers health benefits. Both numbers are significantly less than the cost of the average employee health insurance plan.

Insurance Commissioner Kreidler's New Rule

April 24, 2014 in Blog

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is in the process of creating a new rule for health insurance companies selling policies in the state exchange. (Here) In an interesting turn of events, hospitals and insurance companies are lining up together to oppose the ruling, but for very different reasons.

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April 9, 2014 in In the News
National Federation of Independent Business
National Federation of Independent Business
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WPC Eastern Washington Healthcare Luncheon: Diagnosing Obamacare’s Impact on Eastern Washington Businesses

April 8, 2014 in Events
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Davenport Hotel's Marie Antoinette Ballroom
10 S Post St
Spokane, WA 99201

Washington Policy Center's Annual Eastern Washington Health Care Luncheon is one of WPC’s most anticipated policy events each year. The 250+ attendees include state legislators, candidates, agency staff, business owners, the biotech community, patient advocacy groups and industry representatives. This year will feature Katie W. Mahoney, Executive Director for Health Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who will address the changing health care policies surrounding Obamacare's implementation.  

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
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

12th Annual Health Care Conference

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

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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.