Innovation or Institution? The Washington State Health Care Innovation Plan As Signed Into Law

The original House Bill 2572 that was introduced during the 2014 legislative session was an attempt to implement the Washington State Health Care Innovation Plan (SHCIP), a federally funded, regulatory takeover of the health care delivery system in Washington state. The goal is to have 80 percent of state-purchased and 50 percent of privately-purchased health care to be outcome-based and be under the authority of state officials through SHCIP within with five years (by 2019). The final version of HB 2572 is much less ambitious and intrusive than the original bill, yet it is still the first step to implementation of SHCIP and potentially duplicates what the private market is already doing.

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