Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) this week signed a bill to create the country’s first-ever public-option health insurance plan, which will allow the state to offer tiered coverage options to all Washington residents by 2021. Plans will be offered by private insurance companies, and provider payments will be capped at 160% of Medicare’s federal rates. Just over 8 million Washingtonians currently have health insurance, with 1,813,282 covered by Medicaid and 207,898 enrolled in exchange plans. According to the latest census data, Washington has an uninsured rate of about 6%.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans