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Idaho’s poorest fare worst in state’s health care reform

Obamacare is coming, even to Idaho. While other states including Washington have worked for years to implement it, and now are unveiling comprehensive health coverage options for the uninsured, Idaho’s …


Idaho must rely on feds’ site in first year

The Idaho Legislature will not get its wish for a health insurance exchange website built by and for Idahoans. Not in the first year, anyway. The Legislature’s decision simply came …


More people covered, costs lower for Washington Health Plan

What will Obamacare cost, and who will it help? In Washington state, where final rates emerged this week, it will cost less, cover more people, and provide more comprehensive benefits …


GOP rolls out ‘planning kit’

House Republicans seem to be leaving little to chance as their members prepare to spend the August recess among their voters, issuing a “planning kit” with tips on maximizing exposure …


Washington’s Apple Health aims to simplify Medicaid

In political circles, “Medicaid expansion” has been a phrase that launches arguments. But for uninsured poor people – 22,000 in Spokane County and 328,000 throughout Washington state – expansion means …


House GOP presses delay in health care law

WASHINGTON — House Republicans pressed ahead Wednesday on delaying key components of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, emboldened by the administration’s concession that requiring companies to provide coverage …


Breastfeeding boosted by Affordable Care Act

Amber Williams has joined the ranks of working moms. Williams, whose daughter, Isabelle, is 4 months old, recently returned to her job as manager of a Spokane bank, where she …


More young adults have health insurance, study finds

Like many college graduates, Amelia Mills needed a little help shifting from student to worker. The 23-year-old recent Whitworth University graduate said staying on her mother’s health insurance policy after …


Key requirement of Obamacare delayed a year

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2105, in a central requirement of the new health care …


Health insurers fear young people will opt out

MIAMI — Dan Lopez rarely gets sick and hasn’t been to a doctor in 10 years, so buying health insurance feels like a waste of money. Even after the federal …


As boomers ease into Medicare, battle rages over health-care costs

The first baby boomers came of age in a political whirlwind: African Americans marched for equal rights, and Southerners attacked them. Anti-war protesters squared off against tear gas, nightsticks and …


Washington insurance exchange to cut health care costs

Washington’s consumers got their first, preliminary look at the cost of “Obamacare” on Tuesday. And the news, for many consumers, was good: Health insurance next year will cover more and …


Health exchange could be coming for some state workers

OLYMPIA – In a quest to save money, political leaders in Washington state are exploring a proposal that would shift some government workers out of their current health plans and …


New wave of doctors focuses on healthier living

Americans spend boatloads of money on medical care – roughly twice as much, per capita, as other industrialized democracies. And what do they get in return? Shorter lives and poorer …


Fewer small companies offer health insurance

Between 1999 and 2011, health insurance coverage doubled in cost, and a growing share of the nation’s workers no longer could obtain it from their employers. The lack of health …


Senate OKs Otter’s health insurance exchange proposal

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter won his biggest legislative victory in his seven years in office Thursday, persuading reluctant GOP lawmakers to approve his plan for a state-based health …


Premera warns about rates

Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in Eastern Washington, has toned down earlier warnings of “staggering” rate increases that it had blamed on federal health care reform, but still …


Providence, CHS have split Spokane’s health care system

Ten years ago, doctors called the shots when it came to health care in Spokane. Most owned their practices or plied their specialties in larger clinics. They freely referred patients …


Critical caregivers

Health care reform should come with a Help Wanted sign: Nurses are needed to help care for 32 million people. That’s how many Americans are expected to gain health coverage …


Expansion gets bipartisan support

Sometime this spring, the Washington Legislature has to enact a two-year budget that will address “Obamacare,” the federal government’s health care reform law. When it does, will partisan wrangling tie …


Goal of lower costs remains big uncertainty

Where can Americans find help with health insurance coverage? And P.S. – what’s it going to cost?


For health care’s drive to reform, cost curve looms ahead

After Congress created Medicare in 1965, the program grew and changed. But since the ’60s, when courtly senators still referred to one another as “gentlemen,” the spirit in Congress has …


State’s new online insurance exchange will carry coverage

From the outside, you’d never guess what’s going on in the nondescript old building across Capitol Way from the Starbucks in downtown Olympia. Within those painted concrete slabs, an agency …


Health care reform result of lawmakers, public workers, Seattle boy

If “Obamacare” deserves a face, it’s not Barack’s. It’s a young Seattle boy named Marcelas Owens, whose mother, like thousands of Americans every year, died of a treatable disease.


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Large dose of reform: Washington embraces Affordable Care Act

Health care, American-style, is about to undergo the biggest change since the enactment of Medicare 48 years ago. In quiet office buildings far from the glare of television cameras, officials …


Abortion rights legislation shows two houses clearly divided in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Democrats in Washington’s House of Representatives passed an abortion-rights bill Friday, sending it to the Senate, where Republicans have refused to hold hearings on identical proposals. The handling …


Gov. Jay Inslee offers jobs outline

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee added some specifics to his campaign themes of generating more jobs in key industries, releasing a package Wednesday of tax breaks and spending projects designed …


Idaho health insurance panel favors state-based exchange

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s health insurance exchange working group has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a state-based health insurance exchange, calling for a private nonprofit group set up …


State eyes system to streamline health care

OLYMPIA – State officials think they can save $14 million over the next five years and provide better health care to a group of patients who are among the most …