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Christmas Bureau recipients get health care help from volunteers

Mary Englehart lost her health insurance in 2009, shortly after getting an MRI to monitor a cyst on her brain. ”I had bad headaches and I had a seizure,” she …


Sticker shock ahead for some health plan buyers

CHICAGO – As a key enrollment deadline hits today, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems …


Washington extends deadline for insurance applications

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington residents who have started but not finished their applications for insurance through the state’s new health care exchange are getting a deadline extension.


Supreme Court will take up new health law dispute

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has agreed to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover …


Providence facilities, doctors excluded by two large insurers in Washington exchange

Competition to control the cost of new individual health policies has led two of Washington’s biggest insurance companies to exclude Eastern Washington’s largest hospital, and many of its physicians, from …


Washington’s health site an early success in a nation of glitches

Washington’s new online health insurance marketplace, one of the nation’s most successful, has provided early answers to some of the biggest questions in federal health care reform. For example: Do …


Report details health reform’s reception in Washington

Washington’s new online health insurance marketplace, one of the nation’s most successful, has provided early answers to some of the biggest questions in federal health care reform. For example: Do …


Obama’s health care proposal refused by Washington insurance commissioner

Washington’s top insurance official is rejecting President Barack Obama’s proposal that would allow insurance companies to extend expiring plans another year. “I do not believe his proposal is a good …


Washington state making insurance exchange work

KENT, Wash. – Mindy Mansfield had health insurance when she worked at a factory that made air flow vents in Cle Elum, a small town on the eastern side of …


Federal health care enrollments fall far below targets in October

WASHINGTON – Newly released figures show enrollments for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care plan fell far below official projections, underscoring the damage inflicted by the botched rollout and …


Your Health Idaho insurance exchange has 338 enrollees in first month

BOISE – Just 338 people selected health coverage via Idaho’s insurance exchange during its glitch-plagued first month. Your Health Idaho’s enrollee figures were released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of …


Eye on Boise: Crapo, Risch say anti-discrimination laws best left to states

BOISE – When the U.S. Senate voted 64-32 last week in favor of legislation to ban workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians, 10 Republicans joined 52 Democrats and two independents …


CdA’s Heritage Health dental clinic moving to allow for more patients

The calls start early in the morning. People with toothaches, broken fillings and other problems jam the phone line hoping to get in that day to see a dentist. The …


Health law clock ticks for sickest

PORTLAND – With federal and state online health care market-places experiencing glitches a month into implementation, concern is mounting for a vulnerable group of people who were supposed to be …


Eye on Boise: Tribes introduce treaty rights as factor in federal land debate

BOISE – A new wrinkle was added last week to the debate over Idaho lawmakers’ attempts to take over federal public land in the state. Representatives of Idaho Indian tribes …


Democrats criticize health care law rollout

WASHINGTON – Republicans have always been harsh critics of the Affordable Care Act. Now President Barack Obama’s signature health care law – commonly referred to as Obamacare – is taking …


Feds bring in troubleshooter for health insurance exchange

WASHINGTON – A familiar troubleshooter has been enlisted to try to fix the government’s health insurance website, administration officials said Tuesday, as political pressure piled up over the centerpiece of …


Idaho lawmakers want health exchange contract canceled

BOISE – Two state lawmakers called Monday for cancellation of a nearly $375,000 no-bid contract awarded to one of the Your Health Idaho insurance exchange’s own board members. Republicans Sen. …


Health care exchange rollout frustrates Obama

WASHINGTON – Administration officials say about 476,000 health insurance applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges, the most detailed measure yet of the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack …


Gov’t reopens after Congress ends 16-day shutdown

WASHINGTON — The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default …


Washington Medicaid increases dental coverage for adults

OLYMPIA – A quarter-million adults in Washington will gain dental coverage over the next two years as the state expands its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act and re-establishes …


Idaho insurance exchange projects fee hike by 2016

BOISE – Idaho insurance exchange leaders could hike a fee on individual policies by nearly 75 percent within two years because existing assessments may be insufficient to sustain the Internet …


Health plan website fixes errors, draws customers

OLYMPIA – More than 165,000 people have visited Washington’s website designed to help them find medical insurance, and about 9,400 individuals or families have enrolled in some type of plan. …


BBB Tip of the Week: Health care scams

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are in effect and scammers are pouncing on the confusion related to these healthcare changes. Here are several scams that …


McMorris Rodgers: GOP won’t back down on budget fight

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Spokane Republican at the center of the partial government shutdown, said Friday the GOP remains united in forcing Democrats to the negotiating table over …


Charles Krauthammer: Shutdown was Democrats’ doing

The Obamacare/shutdown battle has spawned myriad myths. The most egregious concern the substance of the fight, the identity of the perpetrators and the origins of the current eruption. 1. Substance


Signing up on Washington’s site still slow

SEATTLE – Washington state’s new health insurance exchange experienced more problems on Wednesday, its second day of operation. The website wahealthplanfinder.org offers visitors a friendly, bright green welcome page, but …


Health care exchanges struggle to keep up

WASHINGTON – For the second straight day, computer problems continued to stymie online visitors hoping to compare health plans or enroll in coverage on state insurance marketplaces under the new …


Health exchange website testers learn about options

Heavy traffic and opening-day technical glitches made Washington’s new Health Plan Finder website difficult, if not impossible, to use Tuesday. But if a group of volunteers recruited by The Spokesman-Review …


Health website experiencing opening-day troubles

Washington state’s new Health Plan Finder website, wahealthplanfinder.org, displayed opening-day malfunctions early Tuesday.