Washington State's Health Reform Proposals:
A Human Rights Assessment
NoHLA is pleased to announce its new report, "Washington State's Health Reform Proposals: A Human Rights Assessment." In the report, we use a human rights framework to evaluate the five proposals that the Washington Legislature is considering as models for state-based health reform.
Our assessment is based on the premise that every human being has the right to health, which includes the right to receive appropriate health care. The report urges the adoption of human rights principles as the basis for making decisions regarding health care reform in Washington. By doing so, we can address the underlying problems of the health system and assure that people will get the services they need.
The human rights principles we use to evaluate proposals assure that health care services are accessible, available, acceptable, and of good quality for everyone, delivered on an equitable basis where and when needed. They also assure that health care is financed and delivered in a non-discriminatory way that enables the participation of individuals and communities, provides access to information, ensures transparency of institutions and processes, and is effective in holding both private sector and government agencies accountable.
The full report, as well as a tool kit of materials created from the report, is available below. Printed copies are also available upon request.
NoHLA would very much like to add your organization to the list of those endorsing the report. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-325-6464. We also encourage you to circulate the report to others.
Analyses of the Five Proposals
- Massachusetts Model
- Insurance Commissioner's
Guaranteed Health Benefit Plan
- Universal Single-payer Plan
- Small Employer & Young Adults Proposals
- Washington Health Partnership
All documents are PDFs.