Economic Opportunity Institute’s (EOI) Health Policy Associate and Executive Director will convene one-on-one meetings to develop preliminary policy models that address current cost, affordability, and accessibility barriers that remain in Washington state and threaten to further prevent health coverage with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Addressing these barriers to affordable and accessible health care within and outside of the context of the Affordable Care Act will require innovative and creative policy development, informed by local policy experts.
EOI’s policy proposals will seek, in particular, to address:
• The gaps in coverage for people living in poverty or close to poverty, the unemployed, noncitizens, Latinos, and Native Americans,
• The need to make coverage affordable in premiums and out of pocket costs, and
• The changes needed to take account of health coverage policy changes at the federal level.
Economic Opportunity Institute
The Economic Opportunity Institute's mission is to restore the promise of the middle class by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. EOI was founded in 1998 as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy center. EOI’s mission is to restore the promise of the middle class by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. Although EOI creates and realizes policy that is often replicated in states across the country, the agency’s policy theater focuses on Washington State, with an emphasis on the Puget Sound region.