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.

Publications

Coming ruling in King Versus Burwell case may open a brighter vision of health care for everyone

March 11, 2015 in Publications

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, has been controversial since it was enacted along strict party lines in 2010. No Republican amendments were included in the legislation and no Republican in Congress voted for the final bill.

Since it became law, the United States Supreme Court has ruled on several lawsuits directly related to the ACA. The Court has accepted another case – this one dealing with the legality of the insurance subsidies distributed through the federal health insurance exchange.

Legislative Memo – HB 1514, to allow the use of dental office support services

February 5, 2015 in Publications

Proposal would modernize current law and provide more certainty for dentists and Dental Support Organizations

Does More Medicaid Spending Improve the Economy?

February 4, 2015 in Publications

Proponents of putting more people on Medicaid, the federal program for the poor, say the increased government spending will improve the economy. Is this true?

Medicaid is a health care entitlement that began in 1965. Originally, it provided health insurance to low-income families with children. It has grown to include aid for disability and long-term care. The existing Medicaid costs are covered with both federal and state taxpayer dollars on a 50/50 basis.

Viewpoint: Fall 2014

November 26, 2014 in Publications

Click below to view our PDF version of our Fall 2014 issue of Viewpoint, WPC's quarterly magazine!

Medicaid expansion in Washington state

August 26, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

  1. The Medicaid expansion in Washington state was done with a one-line budget gimmick. The 2015 legislature must again face the long-term impact of what the Medicaid expansion means for the people of our state. Elected officials in Washington owe state taxpayers a formal, specific debate and a clear floor vote on whether to continue the expansion.
     
  2. Washington state taxpayers will see an added cost of an additional $533 million ($383 million plus $150 million) per year because of the Medicaid expansion.