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Health Coverage in King County

August 25, 2016

King County residents, especially those with U.S. citizenship, have benefitted greatly from the expansion of health coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Between April 2014 and March 2016, the number of residents covered through Apple Health (Medicaid) and the Qualified

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Basic Health Program: A solution to continued lack of affordability among healthcare options

While rate of uninsurance has declined with implementation of Obamacare, a number of Americans continue to go without health coverage. The biggest reason, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, is continued lack of affordability. Nearly four

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Health Care

Why legalizing marijuana is good for healthcare

While Washington state ballots will continue to be processed for several days, one measure that passed early on was Initiative 502 – the initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana. The measure allows people age 21 and older to possess up

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Affordable Care Act will provide twin boost to Washington’s local economies

Today’s Supreme Court ruling clears the way for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide a twin boost to local economies across Washington. When fully implemented in 2014, more than 800,000 uninsured residents will gain access to health coverage[i], and

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care

Seven reasons why Washington state should act now to fix the health insurance gap

Nearly 1 million Washingtonians are uninsured; more than 155,000 residents are on the wait list for Washington’s Basic Health Plan (BHP), which shares costs for basic health insurance between participants and the state. In 2014 the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care

Doing better than “getting by”: How to expand Washington’s Basic Health Plan

The number of people without health insurance in Washington has climbed over the last decade, even during economic upswings. At the same time, enrollment in Washington’s Basic Health Plan has fallen dramatically, the result of several years of compounding state

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care

Doing better than “getting by”: How to expand WA Basic Health

Doing better than “getting by”: How to expand WA Basic Health

March 6, 2012

The number of people without health insurance in Washington has climbed over the last decade, even during economic upswings. At the same time, enrollment in Washington’s Basic Health Plan has fallen dramatically, the  result of several years of compounding state

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More Washingtonians wait-listed for Basic Health as employers cut coverage

Even during economic upswings, the number of Washingtonians without health insurance just keeps climbing as businesses reduce coverage. In 2002, three out of four Washington employers offered health coverage to full-time employees; as of 2010, only just over half were

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Expanding Basic Health: The humane thing to do

From the Everett Herald | By John Burbank There’s no other way to say it: Health coverage for new employees is dismal in Washington. Barely half of Washington employers actually offer health coverage to full-time employees. Then there is the

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Posted in Column, Health Care

Money needed to rescue WA Basic Health is out there

From the Everett Herald: We are not broke, or even close. We have more money, income and wealth than 10 years ago, even more than 20 years ago, and way more than 30 years ago. So when lawmakers are making

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Funding Public Services
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