Building an Economy that Works for Everyone

EOI Receives Grant to Protect Against Healthcare Cuts

PHPDA_logo_149_194_bor5_ffffffThe Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority this month awarded the Economic Opportunity Institute a renewable $100,000 grant to develop policies for the preservation and expansion of health coverage at the county and state levels, and prevent losses from the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Through June 2018, EOI will use the money to research:

  • Ways to close the gaps for groups with the highest disparities in health coverage  — including low-wage workers, the unemployed, part-time workers, non-citizens, Latinos, Native Americans, and rural communities
  • Methods to make coverage affordable in premiums and out-of-pocket costs
  • Changes needed to address health coverage policy changes at the federal level and mitigate negative repercussions

Health coverage in King County, Washington State, and our country as a whole is under siege, as Congress debates how to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that 32 million people will lose their health coverage over the next decade if the ACA is repealed, and insurance premiums will double.

Washington State cannot wait and see how bad things will become. We must prepare alternative policies at the state, county, and city levels to retain health coverage. In fact, we can embody Washington State’s trailblazing spirit by instead expanding healthcare affordability and coverage – determining policies that will provide the templates for other states and for politicians in DC.

The project includes convening one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders in the development and administration of the current health coverage regime across the political spectrum. EOI will also convene a working group that includes practitioners, patient advocates, the business community, labor representatives, community-based organizers, insurance carriers, state agencies and other system experts in order to develop concrete policy options. The project will be led by EOI Executive Director John Burbank and Health Policy Associate Carolanne Sanders, with assistance from Health Policy Intern Christina Leal.

Health Coverage in King County - graphic06

Graphic from EOI’s work in 2015, funded by the PHPDA


In 2015, the PHPDA funded EOI’s data analysis and research on the impact of the ACA in King County and Washington State, with a focus on disparities by race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

We are so grateful for the PHPDA’s generosity, which will result in expanded health coverage access and affordability in King County and in Washington State overall.

  • Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

More To Read

Healthy Communities

February 22, 2024

Why Is Health Care Declining in Washington? Look to Hospital Consolidation

People are hurting in our state. And it’s no accident.

Healthy Communities

December 19, 2023

2024 Legislative Priorities

By strengthening the core pillars of our economy – including child care, health care, educational opportunity, economic security, and our public revenue system – we can diminish economic, racial, and gender inequity.

Healthy Communities

October 5, 2023

A Love Letter to My Country Roots – and Why We Need Urgent Solutions to Improve Rural Health Care

I know from experience - we can and must do better for rural Washingtonians