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Support Affordable Health Care in Washington


On Wednesday in testimony to the House Health Committee, Erica and Jed described their struggles to meet the high cost of health insurance premiums each month, and the restrictions high deductibles placed on their access to needed health care.

Cascade Care will reduce the amount that Washingtonians like Erica and Jed pay for health insurance and deductibles, will offer high quality care, and create an achievable pathway to universal coverage.

Let’s tell our legislators that Washington families deserve affordable health care and urge them to pass HB 1523.

Cascade Care:

  • Reduces the amount Washingtonians pay for health insurance on the Individual Market
  • Creates a standard plan on the Exchange that limits out-of-pocket expenses
  • Caps provider reimbursements at Medicare rates
  • Offers more services before reaching the deductible
  • Institutes predictable cost sharing measures
  • Requires the Health Care Authority to develop a plan to fund premium subsidies for lower- and middle-income households
  • Establishes quality benchmarks to ensure patients receive comprehensive care

Washington State’s individuals and families are struggling to pay for health insurance. Patients are dropping health coverage at an alarming rate due to skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs. The average deductible is above $9,000 per year. Health care has become simply out-of-reach for our residents.

In early January Governor Inslee publicly endorsed Cascade Care.

Please urge members of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee to pass this bill. They will vote on HB 1523 on February 15.

Learn more about Cascade Care and read our most current blogs on Why Americans Pay More Than Any Other Wealthy Nation for Health Care and Washington Legislature Considers Affordable Health Option.

 

Subject: Support Affordable Health Care in Washington HB 1523
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