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Ladders to opportunity: Sandra

“I grew up with farmers and mechanics, and those types of jobs were the middle class. And it just doesn’t seem that way anymore.”  Sandra grew up in a time when many hard working families were able to join the middle

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Ladders to opportunity: Katie

“I just knew I didn’t want to live paycheck-to-paycheck like my parents have. I wanted better for myself…I threw myself into school because I saw what I could be like if I didn’t.” Katie grew up with a comfortable middle

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Ladders to opportunity: Carmen

“I pay close to three hundred dollars a month just for medical, that’s not even dental and eye [care].  That’s a big chunk of money. In my son’s situation, with [his] reoccurring illnesses, there’s always labs and tests. I had to take a

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Trending: Tackling Affordability Barriers in the Affordable Care Act

From FamiliesUSA The Affordable Care Act did a lot to help uninsured consumers get health coverage, but it did not entirely resolve the very real problems with insurance affordability for low- and moderate-income consumers. These consumers often struggle to meet other

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Breaking news: U.S. healthcare deemed a failure

For five years in a row, our health care system has ranked dead last in an annual review of systems across 11 industrialized nations. Shocked? Perhaps not, but there are some particularly frustrating points worth noting. Of the five overall

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Health care marketplace goes live October 1

Make sure October 1 is marked on your calendar – especially if you’re uninsured. That’s the day enrollment opens to purchase health insurance through the Washington Healthplanfinder, the new online marketplace for health benefits. Intended to increase access to affordable

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Expansion of health coverage helps, but comprehensive benefits and quality care should be goal

New research examining the effects of gaining Medicaid coverage on health outcomes shows mixed results. With a number of states opting to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, many have questioned whether the investment will ultimately pay off –

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Paid leave benefits mean much more than a boost for business

Healthy employees make for a healthy business. But paid leave benefits isn’t just about business owners stepping up for economic gain. It’s about helping kids get the best possible start in life – which pays off in the long-run.

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WA a leader in kids health coverage, but ACA may provide a boost

With health care reform currently underway, analysts and advocates are working to determine what effects the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have on specific populations – including children. Thanks to good policy making (and good legislators), Washington is a national

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WA delegation at national summit on paid sick days and paid family leave

Members of Washington’s delegation to the 2012 National Summit on Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave are now in the “other” Washington to study best practices and lessons for paid sick days and paid family leave campaigns. Tomorrow they’ll

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