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What do we mean by universal health care?

  • Coverage designed and administered by the state
  • Care delivered by private and public providers, clinics and hospitals
  • Financed through a unified single-payer system
  • From cradle to grave, all Washingtonians covered by state, federal, or tribal programs

How do we get there? Through legislative advocacy.

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We build relationships with legislators and voters across the state and aisle.

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This speaker series is your opportunity to:

  • Hear from our health care champions in Olympia.
  • Learn about current issues and the latest news in health care reform.

Universal Health Care Commission (UHCC)


In 2021, Washington state took the lead by creating the Universal Health Care Commission. The purpose of the commission is to:

  • Create immediate and impactful changes in the health care access and delivery system in Washington.
  • Prepare the state for the creation of a health care system that provides coverage and access for all Washington residents through a unified financing system, once the necessary federal authority has become available.
  • Submit a baseline report by November 2022.


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Q & A on 2SSB 5399, the Universal Health Care Commission 

February 27, 2024

By Elaine Cox and Sarah Weinberg, MD Q: Where did this UHC Commission (UHCC) idea come from? A: The final report of the Universal Health Care Work Group was sent to the legislature on January 15, 2021.  It created a commission to spearhead the...

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December UHCC & January FTAC Meetings

February 27, 2024

Finance Technical Advisory Committee (FTAC) Meeting Jan, 2024  By Consuelo Echeverria The first FTAC meeting of 2024 was underwhelming. The role of the FTAC is to answer the Universal Health Care Commission’s (UHCC) questions. This month, the question was to make recommendations on an...

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November FTAC Recap: Can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear

November 21, 2023

By Consuelo Echeverria  In Nov, the FTAC addressed the UHCC request to focus on Coverage/Enrollment with an in-depth explanation of how Medicaid works in WA and potential opportunities for Medicaid under a universal health care system. While Medicaid in WA certainly is trying to...

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