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Health insurer Aetna swings to a first-quarter profit

Aetna made $1.21 billion and beat Wall Street earnings expectations in the first quarter, as the health insurer moved closer to sealing its roughly $69 billion combination with CVS Health.


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers has troubles with the truth on pre-existing conditions

If it’s April, it must be time for Cathy McMorris Rodgers to start telling whoppers about health care.


Audit: Idaho owes $3.1 million for health insurance bonus

Auditors say that Idaho was overpaid $3.1 million and should repay the money given to them by a federal agency to cover children on government health insurance.


Idaho to require coverage for autism treatment

Idaho is joining a long list of states to require health insurers provide coverage for the treatment of autism, Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron announced Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs abortion insurance bill

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that requires Washington insurers offering maternity care to also cover elective abortions and contraception.


WSU study finds people with disabilities benefitted from health reform

People with disabilities benefited significantly from the Affordable Care Act through both expanded access to Medicaid and being able to purchase private insurance, a Washington State University study found.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Children’s health insurance funding at center of shutdown battle splitting Washington delegation

Lawmakers remain at odds over legislation that would fund the federal government past a rapidly approaching Friday deadline. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, joined by Republican colleagues at a news conference …


Health insurance sign-ups close Monday in Washington

Monday is the deadline to sign up for individual health insurance coverage through Washington HealthPlanFinder.


Idaho exchange sees strong showing with short health insurance sign-up period

Nearly 102,000 Idahoans enrolled in health insurance plans on the state-based exchange despite having a shorter time period to sign up for coverage.


Health insurance funding for children running low as Congress stays deadlocked on reauthorizing CHIP

A federal health insurance program covering 52,000 kids in Washington is running out of money as partisan disagreements keep Congress from reauthorizing funding. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly called …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

‘I’m driven to make the world a better place’: Antony Chiang, president of Empire Health Foundation, uses bold thinking to drive social change

Under Antony Chiang’s leadership, Empire Health Foundation has developed a reputation for big-picture thinking. The foundation is tackling issues such as childhood obesity and access to health care.


Price hikes push health insurance shoppers into hard choices

This largely middle-class crowd of shoppers is struggling to stay insured. They’ve weathered years of price hikes and shrinking insurance choices with no help. Faced with more price increases for …


While still rising, health law sign-ups likely to fall short of last year’s total

Sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health insurance are still rising, the government said Wednesday. But with just over a week to go in an enrollment season cut in …


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: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

Seattle school bus drivers to strike 1 day over health care

The Seattle school bus drivers union says it will go on a one-day strike Wednesday to protest the health insurance plan being offered.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Open enrollment for health insurance underway in Idaho; state health exchange sees jump in premiums

Idaho’s insurance market opened for business Wednesday, giving Gem State residents a month and a half to sign up for 2018 health insurance.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

Trump seeks ‘Obamacare’ demise, but sign-up season gears up

Consumers can now begin previewing 2018 plans and premiums for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, even as President Donald Trump continues his push to dismantle the Obama-era law.


Companies raise health insurance rates for Montana

Two companies have increased their health insurance rates for Montana after the president ended subsidies for low- to moderate-income policy holders under the Affordable Care Act.


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: 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 …


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, 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 …


Ex-Obama officials begin health insurance sign-up campaign

Former Obama administration officials are undertaking a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Consultant says self-insurance plan could save Idaho $13M

A new analysis on how much Idaho would save by switching public employees to a self-insurance model puts the amount at $13 million for the first year of operation.


Obamacare rates set to rise as Trump’s opposition fuels turmoil

A day after Republicans failed yet again to repeal Obamacare, confusion sowed by President Donald Trump’s opposition to the law is roiling the health-insurance market.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

Bipartisan effort to stabilize health insurance markets is coming down to the wire

Despite broad support from consumer advocates, state officials and health care leaders across the country, a bipartisan effort in Congress to stabilize health insurance markets and control rising premiums is …


Trump’s ‘dying in the streets’ line vs. health care reality

President Donald Trump has often said he doesn’t want people “dying in the streets” for lack of health care. But in the United States, where chronic conditions are the major …


White House pitches health bill to skeptical US governors

The Trump administration is struggling to get support from skeptical U.S. governors for a revised health care bill before the U.S. Senate.


Major insurance groups call part of health bill ‘unworkable’

Two of the insurance industry’s most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is “unworkable in any form,” …