Stories tagged: health insurance
Sat., July 15, 2017, 6:07 p.m.
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 …
Sat., July 15, 2017, 12:22 p.m.
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.
Sat., July 15, 2017, 8:39 a.m.
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,” …
UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 8:43 p.m.
Survey: U.S. uninsured up by 2 million this year as gains erode
The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode.
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 5:16 p.m.
McConnell says limited bill needed if GOP health bill dies
A bill focused on buttressing the nation’s insurance marketplaces will be needed if the full-fledged Republican effort to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s health care law fails, Senate Majority …
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:22 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Kreidler fears ‘dumbing down’ of health insurance
Mike Kreidler calls it “dumbing down” health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office uses a different metric to measure the worsening of health insurance now proposed in Congress: sinking actuarial value.
UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Here’s what the Senate Republicans’ health care bill does on pre-existing conditions, insurance subsidies and more
Senate Republicans on Thursday released their health care bill, which would cut federal Medicaid funding, repeal taxes on the rich that paid for some health insurance subsidies and require people …
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 10:15 a.m.
Health insurers request 22 percent premium increases in Washington for 2018
Insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler said uncertainly over the future of the Affordable Care Act is likely contributing to higher rate increases.
UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
Health insurers propose average 22.3% rate increase in Washington
State officials say that health insurers have proposed rate changes for next year that have an average increase of about 22.3 percent.
Sat., June 17, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Nevada governor vetoes Medicaid-for-all bill
Gov. Brian Sandoval waited until the last day he could – Friday – to veto a measure that would have offered a state-sponsored health insurance option to all residents regardless …
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Two health insurance companies pull out of Washington individual market
Two health insurance companies will stop offering plans to individual customers next year in Washington.
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 7:15 p.m.
Ed Rogers: How can GOP stop socialized medicine?
Could it be that Republicans are on the brink of defending Obamacare as the only practical alternative to the Democrats’ march toward socialized medicine?
Wed., May 31, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
GOP health plan could be costly for those with coverage gaps
Under the Republican health care plan now making its way through Congress, people who go without insurance for even just a couple of months could face sharply higher premiums if …
UPDATED: Sun., May 28, 2017, 9:25 p.m.
Newly insured fret over gains made under U.S. health care law
Republican efforts to replace the law are expected to increase the number of uninsured and may derail the steady push to bring people back into the health care system, which …
Mon., May 22, 2017, 3:28 p.m.
Insurers seek stability as Trump delays health care decision
Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions grew deeper Monday as insurers released a blueprint for stabilizing wobbly markets and the Trump administration left in limbo the fate …
Mon., May 15, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Fact Check: Will health insurance premiums really keep going up?
Advocates for the House Republicans’ health-care overhaul plan frequently say or suggest that premiums would go down under the proposal. There is, in fact, a line in the Congressional Budget …
Thu., May 11, 2017, 6:51 p.m.
Scrapping ‘essential benefits’ may be biggest health care change
Critics of the Republican health care plan the House passed last week mostly have focused on how it might harm Americans with pre-existing health conditions and poor and disabled people …
Tue., May 9, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
Obamacare premiums rise as insurers fret over law’s future
Health insurers are asking for sharp increases in the cost of their Obamacare plans next year, thanks to instability in the law’s coverage markets that’s been compounded by the Trump …
UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 11:15 p.m.
Washington Senate passes bill allowing 12-month refills of birth control pills
Medical insurance plans in Washington likely will soon be required to let women policy holders to buy a year’s worth of birth control pills at one time.
Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:55 a.m.
Ferry galley workers call for health insurance benefits
People who work in galleys on state ferries are calling for health care insurance through their employer.
UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers defends health care changes in telephone ‘town hall’
Changes to health care have to come in phases, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tells callers.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 3:57 p.m.
Dr. Zorba Paster: Question prices for prescriptions
Why can we compare prices on everything from ketchup to TVs, but we can’t compare prices on drugs?
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
CHAS fears new GOP plan would unravel years of Spokane health progress
CHAS Health saw its patient load grow by 50 percent as low-income Spokane residents gained health insurance under Obamacare. The proposed GOP replacement would require CHAS to cut back services, …
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Washington insurance commissioner calls GOP plan to replace Obamacare ‘a step backward for millions’
Healthcare providers, state regulators and insurance companies were busy Tuesday analyzing the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 11:14 a.m.
Obamacare 101: What’s in the House Republicans’ replacement plan?
House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and – just as important – replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is pretty complex. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that …
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:23 p.m.
House GOP releases health care bill replacing Obamacare
House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government’s health care role and is expected …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Trump urges insurers to work together to ‘save Americans from Obamacare’
President Donald Trump met with major health insurers Monday morning, in the midst of intensifying public pressure to preserve the law and political divisions over how to best dismantle and …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 4 p.m.
Insurer Anthem fires back at Cigna
Health insurers Anthem and Cigna are now trading lawsuits instead of working together to salvage their shaky $48-billion buyout agreement.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 11:26 p.m.
Only 8.8 percent in U.S. lacked health insurance, a record, CDC reports
The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Aetna, Humana terminate merger agreement
Health insurance giants Aetna and Humana announced Tuesday that they have formally abandoned their efforts to merge after a federal judge upheld the Justice Department’s decision to block the $37 …