At the September meeting we got our first peek at how the fiscal study is shaping up by the Optumas Consulting team. We are eager for a lot more details on the assumptions that will be used in the study.
HCA and the Work Group are accepting public comments until this Wednesday, September 30th.
Provide public comment by Wednesday, September 30th. Personal stories are important. We are particularly concerned about Washingtonians suffering the double-jeopardy of losing their job and their health insurance.
Please be sure to let them know if you support Option A:
Option A: Universal Health Care (UHC) system with coverage managed by the state, with care provided by private and by public providers, clinics, and hospitals as it is now. All Washingtonians would be covered.
Option B: UHC system designed by the state but outsourced to private insurance companies to manage, much as Medicaid is run now. It keeps the insurance middleman in the equation.
Option C: The current system that strives incrementally to fill in the gaps and increases affordability for the underinsured, the uninsured, and the undocumented. It leaves us to continually scramble for ways to patch the system, offer equitable coverage, and make it affordable.
We believe Option A is an investment in our long term security:
The novel coronavirus pandemic, now coupled with crippling wildfires and smoke, has made it clear that we need a health care system that provides affordable health coverage for all Washingtonians. A universal system will assure that anyone who is concerned about their health, has COVID-related symptoms, or needs treatment will face no financial barriers to getting that care in a timely fashion. This will better protect us all in this public health crisis and the next. Such a system will also reduce the inequitable access that plagues our current system, where people from communities of color face greater barriers to getting the right care at the right time from the right provider. Just as Social Security was enacted in response to the Great Depression, these crises call for bold action, not austerity, and enacting a universal health insurance system is one such action that will not only save lives now but save money down the road.
Plan on attending the next UHC Work Group meeting Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 pm. RSVP link expected next week.