Washington's health care system is failing the public. A growing number of people are uninsured or under-insured. Fragmentation and huge administrative inefficiencies have led to staggering costs and uneven quality of care. It ties people to their jobs, stifling economic innovation. And the system emphasizes treating the ill rather than preventing illness.
The five guiding principles of a new health care system should be:
We are currently developing a unique and value-added approach for universal coverage based on the principles above -- and at the same time, working to create a fairer, more sustainable tax system in Washington State with sufficient revenue to fund this basic and vital human service.
03.06.2012 | Enrollment in Washington’s Basic Health Plan has fallen dramatically, the result of several years of compounding state budget cuts. There is a better alternative – one that expands Basic Health coverage without raising new revenue. Doing so will enable Basic Health to cover more than 155,000 people – including the majority on the current wait list – as Washington voters originally intended. . Policy Brief »
11.01.2008 | Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved | Effects of increased cost-sharing in Washington State's Basic Health Plan (BHP) were assessed among adult BHP beneficiaries. The predominant effect of increased cost-sharing was to increase costs for low-income workers, particularly those with chronic disease. Full Report »
10.01.2005 | Based on the costs of medical needs and the coverage information provided by the Basic Health Plan, we present estimated annual costs paid by families at different income levels. This analysis reveals that BHP coverage can require too high a percentage of a working family’s household budget. Full Report »
EOI spearheaded policy research and design for I- 773, and built a coalition of health care activists and organizations, to promote the initiative. State voters passed the measure with a 2 to 1 majority.
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