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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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

Editorial: Try bipartisan approach on health care

Remarkably, the simple truth that health care coverage is vitally important to the American people never seemed to enter into the equation. It appeared as if the stakes were merely …

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:06 a.m.

McCain return doesn’t alter Northwest votes on Obamacare changes

Washington and Idaho senators welcome back John McCain, vote opposite ways on latest Senate motion for health care changes.

Robert J. Samuelson: Health care debate emotional, not rational

What we want as individuals (unlimited care) may not be good for the larger society (overspending on health care).

Health care bills imperil regional economy

Congress should work on improving the ACA, not returning the country to a time when millions more Americans lacked health care coverage.

UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Providence, other Spokane health leaders call Senate health care bill ‘devastating’

Hospital and community care providers said the steep cuts to Medicaid would worsen care for their patients, lead to fewer jobs in health care and hurt their bottom lines.

UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Here’s what the Senate Republicans’ health care bill does on pre-existing conditions, insurance subsidies and more

Senate Republicans on Thursday released their health care bill, which would cut federal Medicaid funding, repeal taxes on the rich that paid for some health insurance subsidies and require people …

Stealthy Senate undermines own health care bill

The public should see the entire bill, seeing how it will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and affect one-sixth of the economy.

UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Despite secrecy, McConnell says GOP getting ready for Senate health care vote

Senate Republicans steered toward a potential showdown vote on their long-awaited health care bill next week, despite indications that they’ve yet to solidify the 50 GOP votes they’ll need to …

Stark: AHCA is a good start to reforming care

The American Health Care Act will lower costs for everyone while caring for the most vulnerable in our communities.

UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson speaks out on health care bill

While vigorously defending the GOP House-passed health care bill, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson told the Idaho Healthcare Summit today that he wouldn’t have voted for it if that was what …