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Commission members

The purpose of the Universal Health Care Commission is to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Washington residents. Learn more about the commission members. 

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Who are the commission members?

Fifteen members make up the Universal Health Care Commission:

  • Governor Inslee will appoint six commission members. Interested applicants can apply on the Governor’s website.
  • One member from each of the two largest caucuses of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House.
  • One member from each of the two largest caucuses of the Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate.
  • The secretary of the Department of Health, or secretary's designee.
  • The director of the Health Care Authority (HCA), or director's designee.
  • The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, or CEO's designee.
  • The insurance commissioner, or commissioner's designee.
  • The director of the Office of Equity, or the director's designee.

See our roster to view all commission members.

Will the commission work with other entities?

Yes. The commission will collect and use data from the Health Care Cost Transparency Board.

The commission will also consider and apply, when appropriate, the work of the Universal Health Care Work Group, whose work ended in early 2021. In 2019, the Washington State Legislature directed HCA to convene a work group study (i.e., the work group). The purpose of the study was to provide recommendations to the Legislature on how to create, implement, maintain, and fund a universal health care system.