The Pathway to the Universal Health Care Work Group is Official.
Details, including how you can submit public comments, the Meeting Agenda, and background materials will be available here.
Public comments are very important, and the Work Group wants to hear from you, especially if you live in a rural area of Washington or have experienced health care access issues due to high insurance premiums or out-of-pocket costs. The Work Group will take comments on a first-come, first-served basis, and will hear as many as time allows. There will also be an option to provide public comment through an online survey or by contacting the facilitators. If you can’t view the meeting in real time, a video will be posted on the Universal Health Care Work Group page.
To learn more about the Work Group and its responsibilities: review the charter.
Health Care for All-Washington played a critical role in strengthening the desired goals of the Work Group. We are excited by the progress made to date, but there is much more to be done. Please help us keep the momentum going by supporting our work.
On May 21, Governor Inslee nudged Washington state onto a pathway to universal healthcare. He authorized $500,000 for the Health Care Authority to convene a work group on establishing a universal health care system in Washington state in the state budget HB 1109.
Thanks to several HCFA-WA amendments included in the budget line item, the work group consists of a broad range of stakeholders with expertise in the health care financing and delivery systems. It will include patients, labor, insurance, healthcare providers and facilities, patient advocates, and many more interest groups.
First Step to Universal Health Care. Although the work group flew in under the radar, the consequences are significant. Among other directives, the work group must study and make recommendations to the legislature on how to create, implement, maintain, and fund a universal health care system. We will be working to establish the very foundation of a single-payer healthcare system for Washingtonians.
Watch the meeting. The Health Coverage presentation is at 1:06:16 and the WSIPP Report begins at 2:21:00.
The Health Care Authority has revised the original schedule of meetings. There are now two fewer meetings scheduled.
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All scheduled meetings are from 1-4 pm.
Meeting #7: Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 1-4 pm via Zoom
Meeting #8: Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1-4 pm via Zoom
Meeting #9: Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 1-4 pm via Zoom
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