Washington has a $4.5 billion budget shortfall. Its Medicaid director just announced cuts that eliminate payment for prescription drugs for the hundreds of thousands of people who get them prescribed in out-patient settings. And children’s health is getting cut.
But even with these nightmarish sounding realities coming true, one report suggests Washington is in relatively good financial shape – at least compared to the other 14 largest states. In fact it ranks third best and only Texas and Virginia rank higher with California at rock bottom.