Monthly Archives: August 2001

Washington’s Basic Health Plan

Health Care

Fact Sheet | Jen Brown | August 21, 2001

Overview The Basic Health Plan (BHP) provides health care coverage to families with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is 58% of the Washington state median income. Federal Poverty Levels are based on family size; for a family four, 200% FPL is $35,300 per year while the state median

Potential Impacts of Proposed Initiative 747

An Inclusive Economy

Report | Steve Idemoto | August 1, 2001

Under current state law, growth in the property tax portion of state and local government budgets is limited to the rate of inflation, or up to 6 percent under extraordinary circumstances.  Proposed Initiative 747 would lower this cap to 1 percent, unless voters approve a higher increase. Because inflation co

Rebuttals to Arguments Against Cigarette Tax Increases

Health Care

Fact Sheet | August 1, 2001

Regressive Tax: Opponents to I-773 say that because smoking levels are highest among people with low incomes, cigarette tax increases are regressive taxes that unfairly impact lower-income families and communities. Research indicates that: The fact that smoking rates are highest among lower-income communities

A Healthier Washington Through Increased Health Care Coverage and Reduced Tobacco Use: An Analysis of I-773

Health Care

Report | Jen Brown | August 1, 2001

Twenty-eight percent of people below the age of 65 with incomes below, at, or near poverty do not have health coverage. Public policy and the private sector are failing to insure many low and moderate-income working families in Washington state. The foundation is already in place for a solution to this growin

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing to Youth

Health Care

Fact Sheet | August 1, 2001

Smoking Habits Start Young and Die Hard Almost 90% of adult smokers begin their habits at or before age 18, making kids an essential  market for tobacco advertisers. Each year in Washington, 24,000 teenagers become new daily smokers. Youth smoking is on the rise at all age levels. In Washington, 5% of 6th gra

The Health and Economic Costs of Tobacco

Health Care

Fact Sheet | August 1, 2001

Smoking Rates in Washington State Smoking among youth is on the rise. Five percent of 6th graders, 15% of 8th graders, 25% of 10th graders, and 29% of 12th graders smoke. There was a 38% increase from 1990 to 1998 in the number of high school seniors who smoke. Tobacco use and addiction nearly always take roo

Impacts of Initiative 773

Health Care

Fact Sheet | August 1, 2001

I-773 will raise the current Washington state cigarette tax by $0.60 and impose a comparable surtax on other tobacco products. The additional tax revenues ($160 million in fiscal year 2003) will be used to: expand access to the Basic Health Plan (BHP), fully fund the state’s tobacco prevention and control pro

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