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Washington Governor Pushes State-Run Health Insurance Plan

Jan. 9, 2019, 6:47 PM

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) wants to create a state-sponsored health insurance plan in response to Trump administration actions that he says have undermined the individual market.

The proposal, which would include a pre-determined set of benefits and Medicare-level reimbursements for doctors, will be introduced in the Democrat-majority Legislature when it convenes later this month. The plan has support from relevant committee leaders, a sign it could pass easily.

Inslee, who is considering a 2020 run for president, declared the plan a “significant step to the goal of universal coverage in the state of Washington.”

“Universal coverage” would mean health ...