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Employers Should Stop Penny Pinching on Health Coverage

Extending Coverage Health Care

Economic Opportunity Institute | September 4, 2018

This post was written by EOI Floyd Jones Fellow Brandon Bannister. Many millennials – who now constitute the biggest generation in the U.S. with the largest share of the workforce – have enjoyed the benefits of health care through either their employers or their parents, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The

Here Is How You Got That Surprise Bill from Your Trip to the ER

Extending Coverage Health Care

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 8, 2018

This post was written by EOI Floyd Jones Fellow Brandon Bannister. Have you ever had a procedure where you figured the cost would be covered by your insurance, then out of nowhere, you ended up with a huge bill for the whole thing? This is called “surprise billing” – or in insurance-company speak – “balanced

Trump Plan Will Increase Washington State Health Care Costs in 2019

Extending Coverage Health Care

Ashley Sutton | July 24, 2018

Last month, Washington State reported that 11 insurers filed 74 health plans for the 2019 state Washington Health Benefit Exchange market. The good news: no counties will be without issuer coverage. The bad news: health insurers proposed a 19 percent increase in insurance premium costs. The rising cost of hea

Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either

A Fair Deal at Work An Inclusive Economy Equal Pay Health Care Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days Progressive Tax Reform

John Burbank | January 20, 2018

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a high-tech Amazonian full of hubris. Someone much more important, with a message for building the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her name is Anu Partanen. Partanen is an American citizen, an author, a researcher,

Trump’s ACA Sabotage May Actually Make Your Health Care Cheaper – 3 Weeks Left to Enroll!

An Inclusive Economy Health Care

Carolanne Sanders | November 22, 2017

We’re officially halfway through the Affordable Care Act’s 2017 open enrollment period. If this news comes as a surprise to you, you should know—that was the point. In August, the Trump administration announced plans to shorten this year’s enrollment period from 3 months to 6 weeks and slash its outreach and

ACA Repeal Efforts Are the Wake-Up Call We Need

A Fair Deal at Work Health Care

Carolanne Sanders | September 25, 2017

Who would have thought that in 2017, we’d still be debating whether access to timely, quality, and affordable health care is a right and its provision a responsibility of the U.S. government? Yet, here we are – the richest nation in the world, where over 28 million people, excluding the elderly, have no healt

New Data Show Affordable Care Act’s Continued Effectiveness in Washington

Health Care

Matthew Caruchet | September 15, 2017

The number of people in Washington State without health insurance continued to drop in 2016, according to new data released this week by the Census Bureau. In fact, every state has seen a decrease in uninsured rates since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect. Overall, 94 percent of Washingtonians ha

Reducing Red Tape Also Reduces Health-Care Costs for Consumers

Health Care

Economic Opportunity Institute | September 11, 2017

In our recent discussions with health policy experts, we’ve found a common thread – any attempt to make health care more affordable should be accompanied with a strategy to mitigate the red-tape expenses and arbitrary pricing that are passed down to consumers. Administration expenses and arbitrary prescriptio

How We’re Helping the Community Improve Their Health Care

Health Care

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 18, 2017

At EOI, we are now six weeks into our health policy work through the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority grant to develop policies for the preservation and expansion of health coverage at the county and state levels. But we are not doing it alone. We are taking a community-based approach,

EOI Receives Grant to Protect Against Healthcare Cuts

Health Care

Economic Opportunity Institute | July 25, 2017

The 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 C

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