NU Online News Service, Feb. 17, 2005, 4:30 p.m. EST

An Evergreen State “universal health proposal” may cost $10,200 per newly insured resident and insure only 18% of residents who now are uninsured.[@@]

The Employment Policies Institute, Olympia, Wash., a group that opposes the Washington state proposal, has published those predictions in a report blasting the proposal.

The proposal, which would require all employers in the state with more than 50 employees to provide full medical insurance for their employees, is still in committee in the Washington House and Senate.

In addition to providing coverage for only 18% of state residents who are uninsured, the proposal would make coverage available to only about half of the state’s uninsured workers, according to the Employment Policies Institute.

Links to information about the bill are on the Web at http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=1702&year=2005