Stories tagged: insurance
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017
Krauthammer: GOP grapples with health care dilemma
The idea that you can eradicate Obamacare root and branch is fanciful. For all its catastrophic flaws, Obamacare changed expectations.
UPDATED: MONDAY, 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 …
UPDATED: SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017, 10:04 A.M.
Dick Meyer: Navigating the Middle Finger Economy
In the MFE, the customer is seen as an enemy to be defeated by extortion, psychological abuse or brutal marketing.
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 9:58 A.M.
Aetna’s Humana takeover blocked by judge as anticompetitive
Aetna Inc.’s $37 billion deal to buy rival insurer Humana Inc. was blocked by a federal judge, thwarting one of two large mergers that would reshape the U.S. health-care landscape. …
FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 1:31 P.M.
Kaiser Permanente’s purchase of Group Health gets OK
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has given his final approval to Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of the nonprofit Group Health Cooperative.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017, 10:32 A.M.
State regulators endorse Kaiser acquisition of Group Health
State regulators have endorsed the acquisition of Washington’s Group Health Cooperative by California-based Kaiser Permanente.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016, 8:58 A.M.
Supreme Court upholds Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm
A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016, 7:41 A.M.
Early sign-ups for Obamacare are steady, but no surge
The Obama administration says a little over 1 million people renewed coverage or signed up for the first time through HealthCare.gov around the start of open enrollment.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 10:54 P.M.
Obamacare’s future in critical condition with Trump’s victory
For the past six years, no law has served as a larger GOP whipping post than the Affordable Care Act, and the Republican sweep Tuesday of political Washington has imperiled …
MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016, 7 P.M.
5 questions to ask before choosing a health plan
It’s open enrollment season, the time of year when we need to sort through confusing options and try to predict how often we’ll get sick next year.
THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016
ACA not on life support
If our politicians are interested in solutions rather than point-scoring, there are fixes they can consider.
TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2016, 11:23 P.M.
Analysis: Health insurance premium hikes may carry heft at polls
It was ostensibly the news Senate and House Republicans had been waiting for: Two weeks before Election Day, the public gets word that the average premium in Obama’s health insurance …
TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2016, 4 P.M.
Q&A: New sign-up season; new woes for Obama health law
President Barack Obama is leaving the White House in a few months, but the troubles of his namesake health care law continue to make headlines. With premiums rising by double …
FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016, 10:21 A.M.
Insurer Cigna eases rules for opioid addiction medication
The health insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could give patients a drug used to treat opioid addiction.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, 2016, 3:53 P.M.
Providence, Premera reach a deal on employer-sponsored health plans
Providence Health & Services has signed a three-year contract with Premera Blue Cross, ensuring that Washington residents with Premera’s employer-sponsored health insurance can continue to access Providence doctors, hospitals and …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016, 3:42 P.M.
Uninsurance rate drops to the lowest level since before the Great Recession
About 4 million Americans gained health insurance last year, decreasing the nation’s uninsured rate to 9.1 percent, the lowest level since before the Great Recession, according to new federal figures.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016, 3:39 P.M.
Workers’ up-front health costs keep rising, Kaiser study says
Out-of-pocket costs that insured employees pay for a doctor’s visit or an operation in the U.S. keep on climbing.
SUNDAY, AUG. 14, 2016, 7:37 P.M.
Insurer agrees to $100,000 settlement after dog shooting
An insurance company contesting an arbitrator’s award following the shooting death of a dog by a neighbor has agreed to settle for $100,000.
MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2016
Financial decay: Dental care can threaten retirement budget’s bottom line
People approaching retirement don’t always think about dental care costs adding to the bottom line of living expenses, and it’s a common misconception that basic Medicare covers regular trips to …
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016, 10:19 P.M.
Obamacare 2.0: Obama calls for revisiting the public option
President Barack Obama is laying out a blueprint for addressing unsolved problems with his signature health law, including a renewed call for a “public option” to let Americans buy insurance …
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016, 1:11 P.M.
Oso landslide liability debated by state, Stillaguamish Tribe
The Stillaguamish Tribe is fighting off suggestions by the state Attorney General’s Office that it might face liability for the devastating Oso landslide, which wiped out a rural neighborhood and …
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016, 6:29 P.M.
Feds will use tax penalty data to find uninsured millennials
With time running out for the Obama administration to prove the success of the Affordable Care Act, officials are aggressively targeting a group that could help turn things around: young …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, 4:22 P.M.
Texas hailstorm caused record $1.36B damage, insurance group says
An insurance industry group says a hailstorm that hit the San Antonio area last week proved to be the costliest in Texas history, with damage estimated at nearly $1.4 billion.
TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016, 11:03 A.M.
UnitedHealth to trim ACA exchanges to ‘handful’ of states
UnitedHealth, the nation’s biggest health insurer, will cut its participation in public health insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen for …
TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016, 11:11 A.M.
Ford F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests
The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the insurance industry.
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016, 11:37 A.M.
Sue Lani Madsen: Insurance under the Farm Bill holds lessons for the Affordable Care Act
Taxpayers cover 60 percent of the cost of premiums for crop insurance under the Farm Bill. Government stands behind the insurance companies to mitigate their exposure in exchange for a …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 3:51 P.M.
Report details costs, challenges of Affordable Care Act’s newly insured
Health insurers gained a sicker, more expensive patient population after the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage in 2014, according to an early look at medical claims from the Blue Cross …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 6:01 P.M.
Health law fines double for many uninsured at tax time, company says
Many people who went without health insurance last year are now seeing fines more than double under President Barack Obama’s health care law, tax preparation company H&R Block said Tuesday.
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 10:06 A.M.
Supreme Court limits state power to gather health care data
The Supreme Court says state officials can’t force certain health insurers to turn over reams of data revealing how much they pay for medical claims.
FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016, 11:54 A.M.
Insurer warnings cast doubt on ACA exchange future
Political uncertainty isn’t the only threat to the Affordable Care Act’s future. Cracks also are spreading through a major pillar supporting the law