Stories tagged: Affordable Care Act
Thu., Feb. 22, 2018
WSU study finds people with disabilities benefitted from health reform
People with disabilities benefited significantly from the Affordable Care Act through both expanded access to Medicaid and being able to purchase private insurance, a Washington State University study found.
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 10 p.m.
Sign-ups show health law’s staying power in Trump era
A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program’s subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act’s …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 4:09 p.m.
Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control
A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control.
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 11:55 p.m.
About 150 march in Spokane in protest of Republican tax reform plans
About 150 protesters gathered Monday afternoon in downtown Spokane to denounce Republican tax reform proposals moving through Congress. All In For Washington, Greater Spokane Progress and the Peace & Justice …
Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 11:35 a.m.
Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups
Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for “Obamacare” sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.
Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
While still rising, health law sign-ups likely to fall short of last year’s total
Sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health insurance are still rising, the government said Wednesday. But with just over a week to go in an enrollment season cut in …
Sun., Nov. 19, 2017
Outside view: Psst! The ACA lives, here in Washington state
Amid all the talk about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, the ACA is still around – for now – and available for those who seek health insurance. But …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 10:22 p.m.
Q&A: Cathy McMorris Rodgers addresses her vote in support of the House tax plan
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says that benefits far outweigh the risks in the House tax reform bill passed this week.
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 11:09 a.m.
‘Obamacare’ sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year’s pace
Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year’s pace, according to government data released Wednesday.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 2:53 p.m.
‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top 600k in first week
Despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to take down “Obamacare,” more than 600,000 people signed up for coverage the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday.
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 6 a.m.
ACA signups spike at open enrollment’s start
Under the first few days of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, the numbers of participants has surged compared to the past, according to federal officials who asked for …
Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:26 a.m.
Free ‘Obamacare’ for older, poorer in nearly all counties
Older people with low incomes nearly everywhere would have access to free “Obamacare” health coverage next year, according to a study Thursday that found the Trump administration’s efforts to undercut …
Wed., Oct. 25, 2017
Congress must stabilize health insurance
Insurers need stability now, so they can set rates. The mandate to purchase is a key to keeping premiums in check.
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid “Obamacare” turmoil
The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over “Obamacare” undermine coverage gains that drove the nation’s …
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 4:51 p.m.
Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal
Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 6:04 p.m.
Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support
A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear …
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 10:16 a.m.
Report: Medicaid enrollments, costs begin to stabilize
States are seeing more stability in their Medicaid programs after experiencing a surge in enrollment and costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that one of the major pillars …
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017
White House’s ‘soft opening’ never ends
The kitchen and wait staff have just discovered their celebrity chef is barking mad and doesn’t know how to cook, but they can’t do anything about it because they’re having …
Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 8:02 p.m.
Bipartisan health care deal once again possible
The prospects for a bipartisan deal to reform some aspects of Obamacare may have come full circle since early September, from possible to impossible to possible again.
Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 8:19 p.m.
State losing millions over delay in checking Medicaid applications, audit says
The backlog in processing applications for expanded Medicaid coverage is costing the state millions, state audit report says.
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 8:47 a.m.
Ex-Obama officials begin health insurance sign-up campaign
Former Obama administration officials are undertaking a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 11:15 p.m.
Congress can still aid health care
Federal funds for teaching health centers and the Children’s Health Insurance Program need to be approved this week, and premiums for the Affordable Care Act also need to be finalized.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 9:49 p.m.
Providence executive criticizes Graham-Cassidy bill as ‘same dangerous policy’
Providence Health Care’s chief executive used blunt language to describe the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal on Friday. “It’s a bad bill,” said Elaine Couture.
Fri., Sept. 22, 2017
Cassidy-Graham just another hasty mistake
In Washington state, more than 650,000 people could lose Medicaid coverage over the next decade, according to two studies that looked at the Cassidy-Graham plan. The state would also stand …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 8:38 p.m.
Washington, Idaho could see losses under new Senate health care bill
Between Washington and Idaho, more than 850,000 people could lose health care coverage in 10 years under the latest Senate proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare, a research group estimates.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Washington senators: Don’t jam through new Trumpcare plan
Democratic senators from Washington call for bipartisan health care reform,
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:28 a.m.
Five governors urge Congress to bolster Obamacare markets for 2018
Five governors – critics and backers of the Affordable Care Act – called on Congress Thursday to bolster the insurance exchanges created under the law, challenging President Donald Trump’s argument …
Sun., Aug. 20, 2017
Jan Gee: Independent grocers need flexibility in labeling
We need some flexibility so we can give shoppers the calorie information they want without breaking the bank.
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017
Congress must stabilize health insurance market
The reality is that the ACA will remain the law for the forseeable future, so the responsible course is for Congress to stabilize the individual insurance market.
Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:21 a.m.
Undertaker or caretaker? Trump’s shifting health law role
With Republicans unable to advance a health care bill in Congress, President Donald Trump’s administration may find itself in an awkward role as caretaker of the Affordable Care Act, which …