Washington becomes first state to offer public health insurance option, long-term care benefit – KUOW

Washington is poised to become the first state in the nation to offer a public health insurance option, as well as a new, employee-paid long-term care benefit.

Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who is running for president, signed both landmark measures into law Monday at a packed bill signing ceremony in the State Reception Room at the Capitol in Olympia.

“These two bills are models for the rest of the nation to consider,” Inslee said, according to prepared remarks provided by his office. “Washington state, once again, is at the head of the pack when it comes to policies that help working families and provide much-needed security when it comes to their health care.”

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