A Conversation with Washington Gov. Inslee and Colorado Gov. Polis on the Public Option in Their States

On Friday, Feb. 7, KFF hosted a conversation with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee about their states’ efforts to establish a public health insurance option and make other changes to address health costs and access.

The two governors have made health reforms a key part of their agendas and are seeking to expand access to affordable coverage for their residents through a public option – an approach that some national leaders have proposed on a federal level.

Gov. Polis and Gov. Inslee discussed the opportunities and challenges they’ve encountered as they seek to implement a public option for their residents, as well as other state initiatives aimed at tackling issues like health costs and long-term care.

KFF President and CEO Drew Altman moderated the discussion, which included an audience Q&A.

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