Reform / Washington State

‘Perfectly Aligned’ — What the health reform effort is really about

What if we tried “air travel reform?” In this speech delivered June 10, 2011 to the ODS Policy Forum, Steve Hill, director of the WA State Department of Retirement systems, examines past health reform efforts and concludes that quality, access and affordability must be addressed if health reform is to be effective. His entertaining “air travel reform” analogy … Continue reading

Funding / Medicaid / Quality Improvement / Reform / Washington State

Shaving the State healthcare tab

Governor Chris Gregoire laid out recommendations today to bend Washington’s healthcare cost curve by beefing up the state’s purchasing power and using it to drive better quality and more affordable care. In the policy brief outlining the recommendations, Governor Gregoire noted that the amount the state pays each year to cover its employees and low … Continue reading