Lawmakers had tried to follow the governors call for universal health care coverage for all Washington residents by 2012. But the final measure amounted to a pilot program and two studies. The pilot project would allow small employers who have at least one low-wage worker will be able to purchase coverage for all their employees through the state board. The board will set the minimum amount of a premium. The employer's contribution will be pooled with employee contributions.
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (April 21, 2007)
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