We initially formed under the name the Washington Small Business for Secure Health Care in 2005 to provide a Main Street small business voice in the health care debate.
- In 2010, we changed our name to the Main Street Alliance of Washington and expanded our mission beyond health care to provide a Main Street small business voice on a range of public policy issues.
- In 2010, we worked to successfully pass national health care reform that lowers costs, provides small business owners more affordable choices, and stops some of the worst abuses of the private insurance industry.
- In 2010, we worked to successfully pass state legislation allowing single-person business owners access to group health insurance rates.
- In 2008, we worked to successfully pass legislation in Olympia giving the Insurance Commissioner stronger authority to combat excessive rate-hikes for individual policy holders, many of whom are single-person business owners.
- In 2007, we worked to successfully pass a state pilot program called the Health Insurance Partnership, designed to help make quality health care affordable for small businesses with low-wage workers. Enrollment is scheduled to begin in September 2010.