Washington State Could Be First to Offer Public Option Health Insurance

A bill to make Washington the first state to provide a universally available public option in the private health insurance market is expected be signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The program will offer a set of public plans which will cover standard services and may be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, the Associated Press reported.

Washington's public plans will differ from existing government-managed plans in that they'll be available to all residents regardless of income by 2021.

Public option measures have been proposed in at least eight other states, but none have passed such legislation, the AP reported.

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