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Washington state's Basic Health Plan premiums to rise sharply

Seattle Times, June 9, 2009

Premiums for Washington state's Basic Health Plan will as much as double in January as part of a strategy to drive thousands of members off the cash-strapped state-subsidized insurance program. Officials announced that they will boost Basic Health's rates by an average of 70% as part of their effort to boot 30,000 to 40,000 working-class people off its rolls. Officials rejected four other potential options on how to shrink the 100,000-member pool, including a lottery and ejecting members based on how long they'd been on the program.