State insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler has already warned of slow-moving disaster if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down federal health reform. And on Tuesday his agency put out a report showing the benefits of the federal healthcare act on a county-by-county basis.
In a nutshell , the report says 1 million Washington residents lack health care coverage and will grow to 1.1 million by the end of 2013. But reform would extend Medicaid coverage to 328,000 of the uninsured and give premium subsidies to another 477,400. Under reform, single adults earning up to $14,850 become eligible for Medicaid.
Kreidler’s report breaks the numbers down by county. In Pierce County, 121,200 of the expected population of 819,200 are predicted to be without insurance. But 78 percent become eligible for help – including 58,600 getting subsidies and 35,800 qualifying for Medicaid.