Monthly Archives: March 2012

Why Washington should act now to fix the health insurance gap

Health Care

Fact Sheet | March 29, 2012

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) will cover those eligible for BHP, along with hundr

Jobs Bonds: A recipe for Washington’s economic recovery

An Inclusive Economy

Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins | March 21, 2012

Passing the Jobs Bonds package should be a top priority for Washington’s Legislature during the special session. Rebuilding school facilities, retrofitting for energy efficiency, improving water quality, and cleaning up the environment will immediately create badly needed jobs across the state – and build the

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

Health Care

Issue Brief | 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 budget cuts. Today, Basic Health covers only 35

Washington’s economy: Back in the frying pan for 2012

An Inclusive Economy

Report | Tatsuko Go Hollo | March 5, 2012

In the four years since the Great Recession began, workers in Washington have faced high unemployment, increased poverty and decreased access to health care coverage. Although the recession officially ended in June of 2009, its effects on workers and families have lingered. In 2010, job prospects for Washingt

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