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AWB HealthChoice members can get access to medical care anytime, anywhere



The thousands of employees who are covered by AWB's HealthChoice Trust Premera plans now can access immediate health care through their phones or tablets. Teladoc is not intended to replace a member’s primary care physician, but is a convenient alternative to urgent care and unnecessary emergency room visits.

Common conditions treated by Teladoc include: bronchitis, respiratory infection, sinus problems, allergies and influenza. The cost of your virtual care visit with Teladoc or your doctor is based on your standard in-network office visit cost shares (copay or deductible and coinsurance).

The mobile app is the most convenient way to connect to Teladoc which allows you to schedule a doctor visit, manage your medical history, or even send a prescription to the nearest pharmacy – all from the palm of your hand. The mobile app is available on the Google Play store and the Apple App store.

More information is available at: https://member.teladoc.com/premera or call ProPoint at 866.448.9577.



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A Backdoor Gas Tax Increase


Inslee's carbon tax bill unfair to middle class

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

Senate Bill 6203 will burden some people more than others, and that isn't fair.

The proposal -- also known as the carbon tax bill -- would impose an additional $10 per metric ton on carbon dioxide emissions in 2019. The amount would increase over time to $30 per metric ton by 2029.

The money raised would go to clean energy efforts and projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also might encourage more people to buy vehicles that don't run solely on fossil fuel, Inslee said.

But adding that extra tax will mean gas prices will go up, and so will heating bills.

An analysis by the Washington Policy Center estimates the average family will spend $125 more on gasoline per year in 2019, and $375 more a year in 2029 if the tax is approved...

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
Supporting all Washington Manufacturers


Equal footing for economic growth

By The Kitsap Sun Editorial Board

On the whole our state's B&O is seen as a misguided tax by many, since its collections are based on gross rather than net profits, and cities, including here in Kitsap, have been working to minimize its impact on small businesses by gradually lowering local B&O rates. It's a particular tax reform that's generally helpful to small business without creating an unaccountable giveaway that hurts public coffers, when implemented wisely.

Last summer's state budget agreement included a provision to expand the lower state B&O rate beyond the aerospace sector, applying it to all manufacturers. The provision, pushed by the Republican caucus but agreed to by Democrats in budget negotiations, wouldn't have completely eliminated state B&O, but it would have put all manufacturers on equal footing. That's a fair request in a state where Boeing and aerospace receive a deserved share of economic credit but aren't the only engine driving our future.

The measure was vetoed by Gov. Jay Inslee, who stated at the time he disagreed with being caught off-guard by its inclusion in a budget deal. In our view that was disappointing, given the work that went into the agreement, but this session the idea is back -- actually, two versions of it are. Competing Senate bills were in the Ways and Means committee as of Friday, both of which would gradually lower the B&O rate for all manufacturers to what's paid by the aerospace industry to the tune of about $64 million over the next four years...

Read the full editorial in The Kitsap Sun
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