Reversing The ACA Meltdown: More Power To The People

Reversing The ACA Meltdown: More Power To The People

An estimated 29,000 Washingtonians purchasing individual health plans will have to choose between one or two insurers within the state healthcare exchange for 2017,...
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Business stakeholders wary of reinsurance bill

Business representatives are voicing concerns that a new bill related to health care reinsurance would mean yet another cost burden on small businesses and...
“Uphill” battle remains for single-payer healthcare work

“Uphill” battle remains for single-payer healthcare work

For more than a year a state work group has explored the idea of a universal healthcare system in Washington state with forthcoming recommendations...
Work group divided over universal healthcare

Work group divided over universal healthcare

The state Universal Health Care Work Group has released its initial report to the legislature on the idea of a single-payer or “universal” state...
Obama's Public Option Panned

Obama’s Public Option Panned

Concerned about consumer costs and under-enrollment, President Obama is asking Congress to consider a public option to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It would...
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The free market is the way forward—on biopharmaceuticals and most everything else

What is America’s greatest strength in fighting COVID-19? Our biopharmaceutical industry, including the many important companies located here in Washington State. Since the virus arrived...
Washington's Consumer Database On Medical Costs Faces Fiscal Challenge

Washington’s Consumer Database On Medical Costs Faces Fiscal Challenge

As Washington state prepares for the fall 2017 launch of its public-facing database on comparative costs and quality of different medical procedures, some of...
Analyst says healthcare system “at crossroads”

Analyst says healthcare system “at crossroads”

Within the debate over healthcare reform in the U.S. are conflicting philosophies regarding how the system should operate and who ultimately should make health...
One step closer to socialized medicine?

One step closer to socialized medicine?

In a 57-41 vote on Mar. 8, the Washington House approved ESSHB 1523 after an extended and heated discussion that at one point caused...
Prescribing Good Medicine For A Troubled Healthcare System, In Both Washingtons

Prescribing Good Medicine For A Troubled Healthcare System, In Both Washingtons

Although the percent of Washingtonians without health insurance has dropped from 14.5 percent in 2012 to 7.3 percent in 2014, simply finding coverage isn’t...
2017 Launch Eyed For Washington Consumer Database On Medical Procedures

2017 Launch Eyed For Washington Consumer Database On Medical Procedures

Washington state is making progress on a planned All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) that officials now say could be ready by Fall 2017. State legislators and other stakeholders agree the state's APCD would...
Critics: Washington Healthcare Authority, Exchange Still Need To Shape Up

Critics: Washington Health Care Authority, Exchange Still Need To Shape Up

The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) administers the state Medicaid program, Apple Health. The Washington healthcare insurance marketplace, or "exchange," is called Healthplanfinder. It...
Telehealth Growing, But Needs A Boost

Telehealth Growing, But Needs A Boost

Over the next 10 to 15 years, Washington is expected to face a shortage of 3,000 to 4,000 doctors and 24,000 registered nurses. Already,...
Work group to develop health system recommendations

Work group to develop health system recommendations

A state Universal Health Care Work Group formed last year is working on recommendations to the state legislature regarding a universal, or single-payer, health...
Healthcare “standardized” plan proposal passes

Healthcare “standardized” plan proposal passes

The Washington state lawmakers in the final days of session approved legislation intended to lower healthcare costs, but opponents say it will have the...
Almost Half A Billion Off: Health Care Authority Budgeting Goofs Rankle

Almost Half A Billion Off: Health Care Authority Budgeting Goofs Rankle

State lawmakers will have to fit a total of $463 million in miscalculations by the state Health Care Authority (HCA) into this year’s supplemental...
Is single payer health care a nonstarter?

Is single payer health care a nonstarter?

Although Washington state’s Universal Health Care Work Group has yet to make formal recommendations to the state legislature on how to implement a single...
State's All-Payer Claims Database Still Far Short Of Lift-Off

State’s All-Payer Claims Database Still Far Short Of Lift-Off

An All-Payer Claims Database for Washington sounded like such a good idea. After approving a constrained version of one in 2014, lawmakers approved plans...

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