From 2010 through 2012:
- The number of uninsured people in Washington grew by more than 44,000.
- Four out of five people with individual insurance were underinsured, meaning they had plans that only paid for 25-40 percent of their medical costs.
- Employer-sponsored coverage grew increasingly scarce.
- Uncompensated care ballooned to nearly $1 billion per year.
“For many families who have struggled to get or keep health coverage, health reform couldn’t come soon enough,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “Regardless of how you feel about ‘Obamacare,’ it’s hard to argue that we’re not making progress in stopping the growth of uninsured or that the status quo was sustainable. Before health reform, we had hundreds of thousands of people living one bad diagnosis away from bankruptcy.”