What’s in Washington’s passed public option bill

Washington’s public option bill passed through both chambers on the penultimate day of session, April 27. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.

“I think we can feel very, very proud that we are the first state in the country to establish a public option, and I imagine that our option — Cascade Care — will serve as a model for other states going forward,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland, chair of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee, on the floor before the bill’s final passage.

While the bill maintained the general ideas in Gov. Inslee’s original proposal, parts of it changed substantially over the course of session.

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