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  • Obama administration unveils health care premiums for 2016

    When consumers turn on their laptops and tablets Monday morning, they should be able to check premiums for 2016 under President Barack Obama’s health care law.


  • Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed

    After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official …


  • 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 …


  • Small-business owners put rough year behind

    Small-business owners are probably glad to put 2013 into the books. For many, it was a frustrating year of waiting. Waiting to learn about the new health care law. Waiting …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Drug marketers don’t always deliver a healthy message

    Suffering? Getting old? The pharmaceutical industry wants to help. Every night on TV, photogenic actors frolic with photogenic grandchildren, or lounge in bathtubs gazing into the setting sun, telling emotion-laden …


  • Tips from the FDA on prescriptions

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees prescription drugs and the pharmaceutical industry’s advertising practices. FDA maintains a web site outlining the requirements of federal law and some tips for …


  • History is on side of ‘Obamacare’

    Historically, health care expansion has a record of winning public support. In England, conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dismantled several nationalized sectors of the economy, returning them to private enterprise. …


  • House votes to defund Affordable Care Act in budget

    WASHINGTON – Republicans rallied around a budget plan Saturday to keep the government open but delay the new health care law for a year, storming toward a showdown with Democrats …


  • Center answers calls for help

    At 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 3, the switchboard turned on and the phones began to ring. Callers from all over Washington wanted to know how to qualify for health insurance …


  • Obamacare will bring price break for many in Washington

    What will Obamacare cost, and who will it help? In Washington state it will cover more people and provide more comprehensive benefits than insurance companies sell today. And the final …


  • Glossary: Health care overhaul

    Major new laws come with their own jargon, and President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is no exception. With the first open enrollment season kicking off for the uninsured, here …


  • Five things to know about health care overhaul

    Still a little hazy about the health care overhaul? You have plenty of company. About half the people surveyed this spring by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation felt they didn’t …


  • State tries 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 …


  • Cost control remains key issue of new law

    As a longtime advocate for health care reform, what does Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler think the 2010 law left undone? Cost control. “I wish there had been more …


  • Overhaul confuses Medicare beneficiaries

    Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to elderly consumers confused by overlapping enrollment …


  • Affordable Care Act: What it means for you

    How will the Affordable Care Act affect you? Most Americans will be affected in some way, but the answer depends on where they live and how they get – or …


  • States experiment in effort to lower health care costs

    SALEM, Ore. – As states work on implementing complex federal health care reforms, some have begun tackling an issue that has vexed employers, individuals and governments at all levels for …


  • Tax credits will vary by household income, family size

    WASHINGTON — Americans who buy health insurance outside their jobs next year can expect an average tax credit of nearly $2,700 to help them obtain coverage on the new state …

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