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In Every Corner of the State, Washingtonians Rely on the Affordable Care Act for their Health

In Every Corner of the State, Washingtonians Rely on the Affordable Care Act for their Health

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2017-01-20 14:30:00 | (0) Comments
By Misha Werschkul, executive director
 
 
Washington state has long been a leader in improving health coverage for people of all ages. The health of our residents is threatened by Congress’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement. Nearly 800,000 Washingtonians stand to lose their health insurance coverage through the repeal of Medicaid expansion, the end of subsidies that help Washingtonians afford coverage through the health insurance exchanges, and the likely collapse of the individual health insurance market.
 

A repeal of the ACA would be devastating for people in cities and towns across Washington. People and families from all backgrounds would lose the opportunity to receive preventative care, to see a doctor when they’re sick, or to have access to life-saving medications and treatments. In addition, the ACA repeal would trigger a dramatic reduction in federal funding that currently pays for health care for Washingtonians and cause job losses in health care and other sectors.

A Look at How the Governor’s Budget Invests in Progress

A Look at How the Governor’s Budget Invests in Progress

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2016-12-16 13:10:00 | (0) Comments
By Andy Nicholas, associate director of fiscal policy, and Kelli Smith, policy analyst
 

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee’s proposal for the upcoming 2017-2019 state budget would help move our state forward by improving health care services, funding great schools, investing in early learning, and taking big steps to make sure Washingtonians have clean air and water. His budget invests in progress for our state and its people, and that should be the aim of legislators when they gather in January 2017 to begin their work on crafting the state budget.

Governor Proposes Bold Plan to Invest in Kids, Clean Up Tax Code

Governor Proposes Bold Plan to Invest in Kids, Clean Up Tax Code

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2016-12-13 18:45:00 | (0) Comments
By Andy Nicholas, associate director of fiscal policy, and Kelli Smith, policy analyst
 
Great public schools are not only the key to providing Washington’s kids with an opportunity for a bright future; they are also the foundations of a prosperous state. Governor Inslee’s revenue proposal offers a clear vision of how to fulfill the Supreme Court’s McCleary school funding mandate in a way that builds solid economic groundwork for generations to come.

Inslee’s bold proposal would boost investments in schools by $3.9 billion in the coming 2017-2019 state budget. This proposal makes the right choice: to prioritize investing in Washington’s children now in order to strengthen our state’s communities and economy in the future.

The Future We Want: The Washington State Budget & Policy Center Announces Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda

The Future We Want: The Washington State Budget & Policy Center Announces Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda

Posted by Julie Watts, 2016-12-12 15:30:00 | (0) Comments

Great schools, strong communities, healthy families: these are the things Washingtonians care about. Everyone wants this to be a state where kids can meet their full potential, where everyone can breathe clean air and drink clean water, and where everyone can succeed.

Hundreds of Thousands of Washingtonians Would Lose Health Coverage with Federal Affordable Care Act Repeal

Hundreds of Thousands of Washingtonians Would Lose Health Coverage with Federal Affordable Care Act Repeal

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-12-09 18:21:22 | (0) Comments

Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. plan to move quickly in January 2017 to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without enacting a replacement. Such a move would be devastating to the health and well-being of thousands of Washingtonians. It would set our state and its people on a path backward rather than forward. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Watch Our Budget Beat Webinars

Visit our YouTube channel to watch our Budget Beat webinars. We host regular Budget Beats throughout legislative session to bring you updates and breaking news from Olympia and timely policy analysis. 

Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda

The Budget & Policy Center's agenda for the biennium calls for policymakers to build a prosperous, inclusive state by leading with equity -- and by ensuring our state is investing in the priorities that provide all Washingtonians with the opportunity to get ahead.

View Our School Funding Plenary 

View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond." Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW with a budget overview by our Andy Nicholas, the plenary features Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; Lew Moore of the Washington Research Council; Roxana Norouzi of OneAmerica; and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The plenary starts after a brief intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.