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GOP lawmakers propose new conditions on health bill

Two top Republicans announced a bill Tuesday restoring federal subsidies to insurers that includes tough conditions sought by the White House. Senate Democrats have enough votes to kill it, but …


Iowa withdraws proposal to opt out of Affordable Care Act

Iowa officials withdrew a proposal Monday that sought to pull out of the Affordable Care Act and redirect federal money toward lowering premiums for younger participants under a separate program.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

Judge: Trump’s health care cuts don’t pose immediate threat

The top lawyers for 19 states will urge a federal judge Monday to force President Donald Trump’s administration to pay health care subsidies that he abruptly cut off earlier this …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Trump urges House GOP to move quickly on budget, tax cuts

President Donald Trump urged House Republicans to move swiftly on passing a budget bill during a conference call Sunday, clearing the way for what he described as an historic push …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

ACA enrollment schedule may lock millions into unwanted health plans

Millions of Americans with insurance through the Affordable Care Act could find themselves locked into health plans they do not want for the coming year because of the Trump administration’s …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 9:47 p.m.

New psychiatric hospital marks construction milestone

Spokane’s new psychiatric hospital took a step toward completion Friday as workers celebrated the “topping off” of the steel outline.


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 …


Shawn Vestal: Expiration of kids’ insurance program sets new low-water mark for D.C. dysfunction

Not long ago, the Seattle Times editorial board asked members of Congress what they were going to do about violence and guns. Cathy McMorris Rodgers answered that she was on …


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 …


Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over “Obamacare.” For consumers, it offers a potential respite …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 12:25 p.m.

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants.


Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

After several failed attempts in Congress to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, Americans across the country are grappling with unanswered questions about how “Obamacare” will function during …


Democrats slam GOP budget on taxes, health care cuts

Senate Democrats are targeting Republicans on taxes and health care cuts, seeking to inflict political pain as the Senate moves ahead on a $4 trillion budget blueprint that’s a crucial …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they’ll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump’s stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to …


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.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

A short-term health deal by senators – but Trump a question

Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America’s health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump’s order to terminate “Obamacare” subsidies. Trump …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Montana insurance providers allowed to file rate increases

Federal regulators are allowing two companies offering health insurance through the individual market in Montana to file rate increases after President Donald Trump’s decision last week to end certain payments …


Collins urges Trump to back effort to restore health subsidy

A key moderate Republican urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments …


‘I’ve got to stay,’ Pelosi says, to defend Obamacare

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday that she has remained atop her caucus primarily to defend the Affordable Care Act from attempts by President Donald Trump and congressional …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

Many states, consumers alarmed by Trump’s health care order

President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that lowered out-of-pocket medical costs brought swift reaction Friday from the states, as health officials and consumers …


Oregon joins other states in Trump health care lawsuit

Oregon is joining California’s lawsuit along with more than a dozen other states against President Donald Trump’s halting of payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law, Oregon’s attorney …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Trump’s blow to ‘Obamacare’ jolts health consumers, politics

President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 10:13 p.m.

Reaction to Trump health care order divided across region

Reaction to President Donald Trump’s executive order on federal health care reform Thursday was swift and divided across the region.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Trump’s health care end run reflects frustrations

Frustrated over setbacks in Congress, President Donald Trump wielded his rule-making power Thursday to launch an end run that might get him closer to his goal of repealing and replacing …


Rypien School Program helps hospitalized children keep pace

The Andrew Rypien School Program helps hospitalized kids keep pace with their school work.


White House to order health care alternatives

The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Trump reaches out to Democrats in bid for ‘great’ health law

Trying to revive health care talks, President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he had spoken to the Senate’s Democratic leader to gauge whether the minority party was interested in helping …


Editorial: Congress needs a quick fix for CHIP

The program holds appeal because children are relatively cheap to cover and they shouldn’t have to face the consequences of their parents’ insurance status.


Debra J. Saunders: Can Trump overcome Trumpism?

It’s hard to see the path whereby Trump gets anything big through this Congress.