Basic Health Plan http://kplu.org en Proposal would cut illegal immigrants from Basic Health Plan http://kplu.org/post/proposal-would-cut-illegal-immigrants-basic-health-plan <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-950132.mp3</p><p>Undocumented immigrants would lose state medical coverage under a proposal to save the popular Basic Health insurance program. The get-tough measure is part of a budget-cutting plan unveiled by the State Senate. But it's at odds with a competing approach in the House.</p><p> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 22:23:30 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 703 at http://kplu.org Proposal would cut illegal immigrants from Basic Health Plan Education vs. social services? House debates funding priorities http://kplu.org/post/education-vs-social-services-house-debates-funding-priorities <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-947782.mp3</p><p>Lawmakers face stark choices when it comes to the budget. Those choices were on display Monday as the House voted on a cost-cutting bill. Democrats and Republicans split over what to cut next: education or social services.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:30:34 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 632 at http://kplu.org Education vs. social services? House debates funding priorities House Democrats unveil plan to save basic health http://kplu.org/post/house-democrats-unveil-plan-save-basic-health <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946445.mp3</p><p>These are uneasy times for the 56,000 Washingtonians on the <a href="http://www.basichealth.hca.wa.gov/">Basic Health Plan</a>. The state-subsidized health insurance program is tentatively slated to end March 1st. But House Democrats presented a Hail Mary proposal to possibly save it.</p><p>Washington's current two-year budget is still $600,000,000 out of whack. Finding hundreds of millions of dollars in savings between now and the end of the fiscal cycle in June is no easy task.</p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:12:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 558 at http://kplu.org House Democrats unveil plan to save basic health Advocates rail against proposed budget cuts http://kplu.org/post/advocates-rail-against-proposed-budget-cuts <P>A hue and cry has erupted in response to Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s proposal to slash billions more in anticipated state spending. The Democrat Wednesday unveiled her plan to close a $4.6 billion budget shortfall. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:09:51 +0000 Austin Jenkins 381 at http://kplu.org Advocates rail against proposed budget cuts Gregoire's budget cuts $4.6 billion, ends funding for state parks and Basic Health http://kplu.org/post/gregoires-budget-cuts-46-billion-ends-funding-state-parks-and-basic-health <p>Ten-dollar gate fees at state parks and 100,000 more Washingtonians without health insurance. Those are just two examples of how Governor Christine Gregoire proposes to close a $4.6 billion budget shortfall with her budget released Wednesday.</p><p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:16:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 377 at http://kplu.org Gregoire's budget cuts $4.6 billion, ends funding for state parks and Basic Health Huge cuts in Gregoire's budget proposal http://kplu.org/post/huge-cuts-gregoires-budget-proposal <p>Gov. Chris Gregoire has unveiled a two-year budget plan that uses a mix of cuts to state programs, suspension of voter initiatives and use of the state's "rainy&nbsp;day" reserve to patch a projected $4.6 billion deficit.</p><p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 21:46:26 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 372 at http://kplu.org Huge cuts in Gregoire's budget proposal Gregoire: eliminate state's Basic Health program for poor http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-eliminate-states-basic-health-program-poor <p>Eliminating the state's health insurance program for the poor is on Governor Chris Gregoire's list of proposed budget cuts.&nbsp; Her proposal also includes cuts to education programs benefiting gifted children and financial help for revenue-poor school districts. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:17:44 +0000 Gary Davis 215 at http://kplu.org Gregoire: eliminate state's Basic Health program for poor