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Health Care Commissions to Build Consensus

While DC Delays, States Move Forward on Health Care Reforms

As Congress delays moving forward on the passage of comprehensive health care reform, progressive state leaders from across the country have been demanding passage of reform as critical for families across the nation.  But that doesn't mean they are waiting; state leaders are moving forward, laying the groundwork for how national changes should be implemented, and creating the momentum for other meaningful health care reforms in their states.

Washington State Health Care Campaign Highlights Continuing State Action on Reform

This week, the Washington State Senate's health committee approved a bill to achieve health-care-for-all by 2012.  Sponsored by committee Chair Sen. Karen KeiserSB 5945 as amended combines immediate steps to expand access to coverage and cut administrative costs with a planning process to refine proposals for comprehensive reform by 2012.  This action came as the Seattle City Council and Seattle Post-Intelligencer endorsed national single-payer health care, emphasizing the continuing efforts in states to move forward health care reform.

Health Care for All: Policy Options for 2009

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OVERVIEW

Creating a health care reform commission is one key strategy that will assist lawmakers in developing and moving comprehensive reform.  If used strategically, commissions can raise the public's awareness and build political support for reform while they study various options and discuss the benefits and trade-offs to different approaches.

Washington State Plans for the Future of Health Care Reform

With a very active session wrapping up, the Washington State Legislature has laid the way for future health care reform. Late Monday evening, legislators passed SB 6333, the Citizens' Work Group on Health Care Reform. The legislation, which awaits the Governor's signature, authorizes a detailed analysis of leading comprehensive health care reform models and requires the Work Group to engage the public in developing recommendations for comprehensive reform.