Stories tagged: Affordable Care Act
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
GOP leaders unveil Obamacare replacement outline
Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 5:37 a.m.
Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains, study finds
A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 7:20 a.m.
Following Trump order, IRS shifts on health care mandate
The IRS says it’s following President Donald Trump’s executive order on health care by easing enforcement of the unpopular Obama-era requirement for people to have coverage or risk fines. Trump …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 11:26 p.m.
Only 8.8 percent in U.S. lacked health insurance, a record, CDC reports
The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 4:44 p.m.
Demonstrators target Trump and defend health care law outside McMorris Rodgers’ office
Demonstrators took to the streets outside Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office Monday to protest the repeal of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. But discord with President Donald Trump …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
Tom Price becomes leader of crusade to roll back Obamacare
Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price gives President Donald Trump his desired point man for replacing Obamacare. Now what? Price won approval of the Senate, 52-47, around 2 a.m. Friday, and …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 7:20 p.m.
Price has long opposed government role in health care
Tom Price – congressman, orthopedic surgeon, warrior against government intrusion into medical care – was three minutes into a speech condemning the Affordable Care Act when he asked his hotel …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
With Obamacare in jeopardy, more than 12 million still sign up
A count by the Associated Press shows that more than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under “Obamacare.” That’s as the new Trump administration and …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Republicans’ repeal mantra for Obamacare may have a new slogan: Repair
Republicans who have been promising their constituents for years that they would repeal President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care plan are now offering a less drastic approach: Repair it.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Final Obamacare enrollment figures lag under Trump
Enrollment in Obamacare health plans sagged markedly after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to new federal data that show sign-ups slowed in the final two weeks of the 2017 open …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Fixing coverage mandates a good first step in reforming Obamacare
Consumer-driven, patient-focused health care is the goal as Republicans methodically work through the process of reforming the reform. But it’s hard to feel like the consumer is driving anything in …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017
Spin Control: ‘Alternative facts’ abound in Washington political debates
Accusing someone of “alternative facts” seems to be just a slightly nicer way of calling them a liar.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
ACA repeal could cost Idaho $20M per year
Indigent care costs in Idaho could jump by more than $20 million per year if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, the administrator of the state’s Catastrophic Health Fund program …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Obamacare enrollment period ending amid uncertainty about President Trump’s impact on it
The Affordable Care Act’s fourth open-enrollment season draws to its scheduled close at midnight Tuesday amid uncertainty over how much actions by the Trump administration to undercut the law might …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 1:37 p.m.
Deadline nears to sign up for health insurance for 2017 on Washington exchange
Anyone who currently lacks health insurance but wants to be covered for 2017 has until 11:59 p.m. Tuesdsay to sign up on the state’s Health Benefits Exchange. Plans bought before …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Trump states hit hardest if Obamacare cost-sharing help ends
The constituents with the most to lose if congressional Republicans cut funding to Obamacare overwhelmingly live in the parts of the country that President Donald Trump won in last year’s …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
First health care repeal deadline missed by Congress
The four authorizing committees in the House and Senate that were directed to mark up their portions of a bill to repeal the health care law officially missed the deadline …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Obamacare: Many are worried about potential health care loss, poll shows
Though “Obamacare” still divides Americans, a majority worry that many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation’s long-running political standoff over health care. A new …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 5:54 p.m.
Gonzaga changes insurance policy for pregnant women after federal investigation
Gonzaga University has changed its health insurance policy after a nonprofit law firm alleged the school was illegally denying maternity care to dependents of employees.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
McMorris Rodgers and other Washington Republicans in Congress tell Inslee Obamacare must change
Republicans in Washington’s congressional delegation defended possible changes to Obamacare, saying it is too expensive and is cutting insurance options for some rural residents.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 1:14 p.m.
Addy Hatch: Don’t revive lifetime cap on health insurance
Booting people from private insurance only shifted the cost to taxpayers, as most people who hit the lifetime cap fell back on government programs like Medicaid.
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Trump takes first steps in a new era of conservatism
Freshly sworn in to office, President Donald Trump set about Friday trying to deliver the change he promised as he took the helm of the vast executive branch bureaucracy and …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Republican governors balk as Congress races to kill Obamacare
Republican governors, while remaining publicly committed to ending Obamacare, are telling their congressional delegations that repealing the health-care law without an adequate replacement would ravage budgets and swamp hospitals with …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:42 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Obamacare “saved the farm,” and Spokane man wonders: What now?
John Hancock is keeping a close eye on the Obamacare clock. Hancock has 14 months until he reaches age 65 and qualifies for Medicare. A self-employed consultant who relies on …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 5 a.m.
Former hospital association CEO Rich Umbdenstock: ‘You can’t lay all of the problems on Obamacare’
As a Republican-controlled Congress and the Trump Administration start discussing plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the former chief executive of the American Hospital Association has some advice to …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 6:02 p.m.
HHS nominee Price sees ‘access’ to coverage as health reform goal
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services and one of Congress’s most vehement critics of the Affordable Care Act, told …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 11:22 p.m.
Feds OK continuing changes to Oregon Health Plan
The federal government has approved Oregon’s request to continue innovating the Oregon Health Plan for the next five years, but it’s not giving any extra money to further advance the …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget
Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 8:49 a.m.
Digital ad campaign for GOP health care plan being launched
An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care law, running $400,000 in digital ads across …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 11:25 p.m.
Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal ‘Obamacare’
The Senate early Thursday passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans …