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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 6:22 a.m.

Obamacare insurance sign-ups climb amid steep price hike

Steep premium increases on Washington’s and Idaho’s health insurance exchanges haven’t stopped people from signing up for coverage this year.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

CVS pushes into insurance with $69 billion Aetna bid

CVS will buy insurance giant Aetna in a roughly $69 billion deal that will help the drugstore chain reach deeper into customer health care and protect a key client, a …


Health care fallout: Fate of 8M low-income children in limbo

CHIP provides low-cost coverage to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. But it has become caught up in a political stalemate over how to fund …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Trump promises Americans ‘huge tax cut’ for Christmas

President Donald Trump on Monday promised a tax overhaul by Christmas, a day after the White House signaled its willingness to strike a health care provision from Senate tax legislation …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

U.S. stocks on two-day losing streak as health stocks fall

So that’s what a losing streak feels like. Stocks fell for the second day in a row Friday, which hadn’t happened in a month, as Amazon put a scare into …


Milbank: Trump was on the ballot and lost

Essentially, Gillespie turned the Virginia gubernatorial race into a cultural war, much as Trump did with the 2016 election. But this time, the cultural warrior lost, as he sorely deserved …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

In election glow, Democrats see health care as a winning issue

Emboldened by election wins, Democrats are starting to see a political edge in health care, particularly widening Medicaid access for more low-income people.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

House GOP revises tax bill, makes it less generous

House Republicans on Friday quietly made changes to their far-reaching tax overhaul: Now its tax cuts would be less generous for many Americans.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

It will be a tale of two countries as health care open enrollment begins

The Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act have health care advocates and insurers concerned that the open enrollment period will be one of chaos and confusion. That’s …


Shawn Vestal: Sen. Murray crafts humane, bipartisan fix for Obamacare. As such, it faces an uphill batlle.

When it comes to health care legislation, Patty Murray lives squarely in the congressional minority. Not the Democrats. The grown-ups.


CBO forecasts Alexander-Murray health-care plan would slightly lower deficit

A bipartisan Senate plan to try to stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces would lower the federal deficit by nearly $3.8 billion during the next decade and would not affect the …


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 …