The Small Business Health Care Crisis in Washington: A Survey of Pike Place Market Businesses

Not even businesses in Seattle’s bustling, popular, and iconic Pike Place Market are immune from the health care crisis affecting small businesses across the country. Read about these owners’ experiences with health insurance, perspectives on reform, and support for public solutions.

2007 Northwest Job Gap Study: Living in the Red

Northwest Family Budgets Falling Behind Idaho Family Budgets Falling Behind Montana Family Budgets Falling Behind Oregon Family Budgets Falling Behind Washington Family Budgets Falling Behind The Northwest Job Gap Study calculates a basic family budget for different family structures. Based on this “living wage,” the study then estimates the number and proportion of job openingsContinue reading “2007 Northwest Job Gap Study: Living in the Red”

Montana’s Urban Indians Face Health Care Barriers

Indian people in Montana have long confronted barriers that prevent them from accessing needed care. The Northwest Federation of Community Organizations conducted research to determine what these barriers are and how commonly people encounter them. Research staff conducted a review of data, articles, and research studies and conducted in-depth interviews with 46 Missoula residents. ThisContinue reading “Montana’s Urban Indians Face Health Care Barriers”

Bar to a Healthy Future: Stories of the Immigrant Children Left Behind

This publication describes the experiences of just a few of the children who are left behind by the 1996 (pre-SCHIP) immigration-related restrictions. It also tells the stories of not-so-different children who have benefited from the wise investment in health insurance that should be available to all our young people.

The Reality of Washington’s Uninsured: Recommendations for Providing Secure, Affordable Health Care for All Washington Residents

This report provides an accurate picture of the uninsured, addressing common misperceptions of this population. The report then provides policy recommendations for comprehensive reform that will make health insurance accessible to all Washington residents.

Charitable Mission Unknown: Non-Profit Nursing Homes Fall Short of Community Benefit Standards

Communities across Washington support their nonprofit health care institutions. They do so, however, with the understanding that in return, these institutions will provide specific community health benefits. This report looks at non-profit nursing homes across Washington to determine whether or not they are providing an adequate community benefit. It goes on to suggest that allContinue reading “Charitable Mission Unknown: Non-Profit Nursing Homes Fall Short of Community Benefit Standards”

Why Idaho Should Raise the Minimum Wage

Too many Idahoans are not making a living wage. Many families are supported by workers in minimum wage jobs. The minimum wage today, $5.15 an hour, is at its lowest real value since 1956. Today’s minimum wage is less than half a living wage for a single person, and less than a quarter of theContinue reading “Why Idaho Should Raise the Minimum Wage”