Mark your calendar and plan to attend our April 9 public meeting
on health care reform in Washington state. It’s free and open to
all from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Center on 6th Street in
Bring your questions for presenters MaryAnne Lindeblad, Medicaid
Director for the Washington State Health Care Authority, and
Michael Marchand, Director of Communications for the Washington
Health Benefit Exchange.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kitsap, the Kitsap
Public Health District and the Kitsap Sun. This event will be
recorded for later broadcast by BKAT.
For information call (360) 692-3571.
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Here are notes on recent developments from our Health Committee
1) Obama’s Health Care Reform Law that goes into effect in 2014
allows states to request a federal waiver to implement a health
care delivery system known as a single payer or Medicare for
everyone. Rep. Sherry Appleton has introduced HB1085 that would
authorize our state to apply for a waiver and upon approval adopt a
single payer system in 2017. You can read the bill at
The LWVWA supports the single payer health care system and many
Leaguers will be attending a Health Care and Wellness Committee
hearing on Appleton’s bill today (Feb. 1) in Olympia. Rep. Jan
Angel, 26th Legislative District, is on this Committee and this is
a request for you to contact Jan Angel to express your support for
this legislation. Representative Angel can be contacted at
360-443-2409 or at her District Office, 360-786-7964. If you live
in her District you can e-mail her at email@example.com or by
going to her Website. Thanks for your help.
2) At their January 2 meeting, the LWVK Board signed a
Resolution in support of the Kitsap County Commissioners passing a
1/10th of one-percent sales tax increase to fund new mental health,
chemical dependency and related housing and criminal justice
services. It is estimated that over $3 million would be available
annually. Our League is participating on the Strategic Leadership
Committee to help gather community support for the initiative and
to provide assistance in any way we can to assure improved services
in our county. Nineteen counties and the City of Tacoma have
already passed this tax. If passed the tax would begin the first
month of the next quarter and funds would be collected for a year
giving time to develop the programs and assure funding
availability. An oversight committee will be formed to assure
neutrality, transparency and accountability including an evaluation
of the efficacy and cost savings of each funded program. Many
thanks to those League members who have volunteered to help gather
signatures for the Resolution.
Pam Hamon, Chair
LWVK Health Committee
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Wondering about health care reform and how it will work in
Washington? Get answers to your questions at a public meeting, 1-3
p.m., Oct. 29, at the Norm Dicks Government Center, First Floor
Chambers, 345 6th St., Bremerton, on the following topic:
Health Care Reform in Our State:
How Will the Marketplace Work?
LWV Kitsap and the Kitsap Public Health District will co-sponsor
a presentation on our state’s Health Benefit Exchange (HBE).
Michael Marchand, Director of Communications for the state’s HBE,
will explain the program and how individuals and small businesses
will be able to purchase health insurance that meets their
The meeting will be televised later on BKAT. Premier media sponsor
is the Kitsap Sun.
For information call 360-692-3571.
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