More Health Insurance Choices for Small Businesses and Individuals with the Expanded Use of Association Health Plans
Yesterday, the Trump Administration released information on its plan to expand the use of association health plans (AHP). AHPs allow small businesses and potentially individuals to band together to form a large group for health insurance purposes. Large group insurance plans are regulated by ERISA laws and are not subject to the regulations and mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Small businesses are typically start-up or low-margin companies where the added cost of employee health insurance can mean the difference between success and bankruptcy.Read the entire blog
State revenue forecast up $298 million but trade war threat looms
Washington's economy continues to outperform the nation, but the threat of a trade war puts a damper on the good news from today's state revenue forecast. According to the state's economist: "total Near GF-S revenue is forecasted to increase by $298 million in the current biennium, $287 million in the 2019-21 biennium and $380 million in the 2021-23 biennium . . . "Read the entire blog
Secrets of Washington's Carbon Tax Initiative
This November, assuming supporters collect the signatures, Washington state voters will vote on Initiative 1631, a half-billion-dollar carbon tax increase. It would increase prices by 15 cents per gallon, increasing to 40 cents per gallon over the next ten years.
Hidden within the 38-page initiative, however, are a number of policies the proponents won’t highlight. Here are just five.Read the entire blog