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Lawmakers Provide Funding for Single-Payer Study

The Washington legislature provided some financing this session to study a health care alternative.

Lawmakers allocated 100 thousand dollars to pay for a study to look at how a “single payer” health care system could be put together in the state.

Single Payer advocate and spokeswoman for the group “Health Care for All” Jessa Lewis says the study will be conducted by the non-partisan Washington State Institute for Public Policy:

 “Any time you propose a policy there are nonpartisan organizations that will dive into what it should look like and are the ramification of each study. So there are trusted sources that the legislature leans on, where they know the facts won’t get tainted by one political perspective or agenda,” she said.

The Single Payer concept is one in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands.

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