Washington Medicare Overcharges, Initiative 92 (1987)

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The Washington Medicare Overcharges Initiative, also known as Initiative 92, was on the November 3, 1987 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was defeated. The measure would have prohibited physicians from charging patients on Medicare more than Medicare's "allowable/reasonable" charges. [1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 92 (1987)
Defeatedd No572,81364.46%
Yes 315,792 35.64%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

Shall it be a consumer protection violation for doctors treating Medicare eligible patients to charge more than Medicare's reasonable charges?[2]

Path to the ballot

Sponsor Lars Hennum filed 219,716 signatures to qualify the measure to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, the measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1987 Voters Pamphlet", accessed August 16, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the Legislature", accessed August 15, 2013