November 24, 2014
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State health insurance exchange snafus prompt lawmaker's question: 'Who's getting fired?'


The state's health benefit exchange went down last week on the first day of the new enrollment period, and that’s only the latest in a series of problems that is creating a growing wake of frustrated customers and lawmakers.

The problems include payments not being accepted, tax credits being miscalculated and a lack of a meaningful customer complaint system. The exchange has put in a $147 million budget request for the next biennium that is almost double its spending.

"We had gotten reassurances," Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, said at least week's meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Health Care Oversight. "Who's getting fired? Our contractor? This is just not acceptable."

Washington State Wire, The Seattle Times and KING 5 covered the story.



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Actually, AWB supports tax incentive review


A recent commentary on policies addressing business tax incentives took out of context comments made by one of our local representatives on tax and fiscal policy, Ron Bueing.

AWB has been clear over the years; we firmly believe tax incentives should be fully and thoughtfully reviewed on a set timeline to ensure they are serving the purposes for which they were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor.

And, it should also be noted there is bipartisan agreement in the Legislature that supports our position.


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