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UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017, 5:56 p.m.

Fears of losing pre-existing conditions protection under GOP

From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

Idaho exchange’s subsidies at risk under health care repeal

Idaho’s health insurance exchange would lose $220 million in tax subsidies if President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is repealed, Your Health Idaho Director Pat Kelly said Wednesday.


Cost estimate for insurance aid prompts questions

Cost estimates for a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law have ballooned by $111 billion from last year’s budget, and a senior Republican lawmaker today demanded …


Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term

The nine justices of the Supreme Court, who serve without seeking election, soon will have to decide whether to insert themselves into the center of the presidential campaign next year. …


Justices say McKenna can challenge health care law

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna legally can challenge the federal health care reforms, but can’t refuse to represent Land Commissioner Peter Goldmark in a separate case.


20 states ask judge to throw out Obama health law

Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge today it will expand the government’s powers in dangerous and unintended ways.


Big legal setback for Obama’s health care overhaul

A federal judge declared a key provision of the Obama administration’s health care law unconstitutional today, siding with Virginia’s attorney general in a dispute that both sides agree will ultimately …


Health reform challenge proceeds

WASHINGTON – A federal judge in Florida handed opponents of the new health care law an early procedural victory Thursday, rejecting a bid by the Obama administration to throw out …


Judge: Suit over health overhaul can go to trial

Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling today he wants to hear more arguments over whether it’s …


Regence BlueShield dropping child-only health plans

Regence BlueShield, one of the state’s largest health insurers, will no longer offer child-only individual plans, a move that state insurance officials fear may trigger other insurers to drop similar …


Q-and-A: Does the health law help me?

The nation’s new health care law turns 6 months old Thursday and starts delivering protections and dollars-and-cents benefits that Americans can grasp. But it won’t affect all consumers the same …


Obama faults himself for not selling health law

Blaming himself for coolness to his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama is seeking to reintroduce the law to voters who don’t much like or understand it six months after …


Missouri tests health reform

WASHINGTON – Striking a largely symbolic blow at President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Missouri voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday challenging the new law’s requirement that Americans buy health …


Judge OKs challenge to health reform law

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration lost an early legal skirmish over the new health care law Monday when a federal judge declined to dismiss the state of Virginia’s lawsuit challenging …


Stopgap health plan’s premiums could hurt

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is launching a special coverage program for uninsured Americans with medical problems this week, the most ambitious early investment of President Barack Obama’s health care …


Murray threat defendant pleads guilty in Seattle

A man accused of threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray over her support for sweeping federal health care legislation has pleaded guilty.


Judge to speed federal health care challenge

A federal judge intends to fast track a lawsuit by at least 18 states, including Washington and Idaho, that seeks to overturn President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, he told …


Selah man charged with threatening Sen. Patty Murray

A Washington state man has been charged with threatening to kill Democratic Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform, leaving voicemail messages at her office saying she …


Idaho lawmakers slashed spending, assailed federal initiatives

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers’ session this year was one of slash and bash – slashing deeply into state budgets for everything from schools to health care while passing measure after …


Washington state files for federal health care reform aid

OLYMPIA – Washington state may be first in line for one aspect of the new federal health care reform law – submitting a request for some $180 million in federal …


Industry agrees to fix gap in kids coverage

WASHINGTON – After battling President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul the better part of a year, the insurance industry said Monday it won’t try to block his efforts to fix …


Reform backers cite court ruling

WASHINGTON – Defenders of the newly enacted national health care law and its rule that all Americans get health insurance have a powerful and recent Supreme Court precedent on their …


Hundreds gather to support Wash. attorney general

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to show their support for state Attorney General Rob McKenna and his decision to join a lawsuit with a dozen other states trying to …


Health overhaul finished

WASHINGTON – After a final surge to overcome Republican opposition, Congressional Democrats approved the last piece of their health care overhaul Thursday night, sending President Barack Obama a package of …


Congress completes overhaul of health care

Congressional Democrats applied the final touches Thursday to historic legislation enshrining health care as the right of every citizen. Republicans vowed to campaign for repeal in the fall election season, …


David S. Broder: Dingell championed reform

No one waited longer for the passage of health care reform than John Dingell, so it was only right that no one smiled more broadly than the 83-year-old congressman while …


Idaho joins lawsuit testing constitutionality of reforms

As Idaho joined a national lawsuit against the new health care reform law Tuesday, Washington’s attorney general was both blasted and praised for jumping into the litigation a day before. …


Kathleen Parker: Stupak trips; a principle falls

Stupak. Etymology: Eponym for Congressman Bart Stupak.


Editorial: Court needs to examine federal health reform now

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna caught a lot of people off guard Monday when he said he’ll take part in a multistate lawsuit challenging the federal health care reform legislation …


Idaho, Wash. AGs sue over health care overhaul

As Idaho joined a national lawsuit against the new health care reform law, Washington’s attorney general was both blasted and praised for jumping into the litigation Monday.