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Four reasons why Minnesota and New York are pursuing Basic Health Programs

By Cheryl Fish-Parcham Last month, Minnesota was the first state to submit its blueprint for a Basic Health Program to the federal government for approval. In January 2015, Minnesota hopes to launch its Basic Health Program to provide health coverage to low-income

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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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Washington legislator introduces bill to expand Washington Basic Health – without a tax increase

As legislators attempt to hammer out a final state budget agreement, Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Kent) has introduced a bill to expand Washington’s Basic Health Plan (BHP) for the first time in more than a decade – without raising taxes or

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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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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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