Basic Health Plan Study: Part 1
Report Type Final Report 
Date Published January 2006 
Publication Number 06-1 
ESSB 6090
(2005-07 Operating Budget)
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The 2005-07 Operating Budget directs JLARC to conduct a two-part performance audit of the state’s Basic Health Plan (BHP), which provides health insurance coverage to low-income residents of Washington State.  Part 1 of the study examined the extent to which the BHP’s policies and procedures promote or discourage the provision of appropriate, high-quality, cost-effective care for enrollees of the plan.  The report recommends that the Health Care Authority, which administers the BHP, should:  1) develop goals and objectives for the BHP, focused on the statutory requirements to assure quality, use evidence-based treatment, and explore chronic disease management; 2) develop more specific guidelines and performance requirements for future contracts, including defining key terms and developing clinical health-related performance measures for the health plans; and 3) improve its system of monitoring health plans.

Cynthia L. Forland , Ph.D., Analyst
Isabel Muñoz-Coloón, Analyst
Lisa Jeremiah , Analyst
Ruta Fanning, Project Manager

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Number of Pages 44 
Keywords Basic Health, Health Care Authority 
Category Human Services