UPDATE – Budget deal to use ‘pilot projects’ to let some part time employees get healthcare via Obamacare exchange
Senate Ways and Means chairman Andy Hill says the handshake budget agreement reached with the House negotiators at 10:40 a.m. Thursday does not force part time state or K-12 employees into the Obamacare health exchange to get their health coverage. Instead, the goal is to try pilot projects that a limited number of unions could opt to consider, Hill said.
The Republican budget writer spoke shortly after Gov. Jay Inslee announced the budget agreement in a minute-long press conference.
Labor unions including the Washington Federation of State Employees had been strongly opposed to any mandatory push that created a two-tier …