Washington dropped four spots to13th according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Washington, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Washington State Health Insurance Pool
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Washington started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Washington's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Insurance Commissioner on health reform — The State of Washington’s Insurance Commission with how the new health care law will affect Oregonians.
Governor’s office on health care reform — Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office has published this information on the State of Washington’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Health care assistance in Washington State — The state of Washinton’s Medicaid programs.
Washington Apple Health for Kids (CHIP) — A Washington State initiative aimed at streamlining applications for children’s
Find out if you qualify for government-sponsored medical benefits — Six questions to determine whether you may be eligible for free medical services.
Consumer publications from Washington State’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner — Includes many downloadable PDF guides on buying different types of health insurance.
United for National Healthcare — A Bellingham, Washington group organizing and advocating for a National Single-Payer Healthcare System.
Physicians for a National Health Program – Western Washington — ince 1987, Physicians for a National Health Program has advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. The Western Washington Chapter was initiated in the fall of 2005.
Health Care for All – Washington — Advocates for secure, affordable, and comprehensive health care coverage for all State of Washington residents implemented through a unified financing system.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Washington.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Washington -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Washington.
Why health care reform is important to Washington -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Washington.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Washington -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Washington.
Washington mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Washington -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $185 per family in 2012.
10/23/2012 5:10 PM
Washington State Health Care Authority website — The board of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced the new name for the state exchange: Washington Healthplanfinder. The board also approved a new logo and tagline.
03/23/2012 4:03 PM
The Associated Press–Washington’s governor, Christine Gregoire, signed into law a bill setting in motion the creation of a state health insurance exchange. “All citizens in this nation deserve health care, not just those who can afford it,” said Gregoire.
02/17/2011 12:02 PM
The Washington Post – Two Republican members of the House are expected to introduce amendments today that would prohibit federal funds from being spent on the Affordable Care Act.
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