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  • Sue Lani Madsen: No sympathy from politicians for those priced out of health care

    It was political theater week in health care. The Republican Congress listened to its grassroots and has presented the President with a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The …


  • Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

    From our archives, 100 years ago Dark hints of murder arose in the trial of Mrs. Rachel Finn – the murder of her own son, Martin Finn, 20.


  • Rockwood Health System offering new insurance plan

    The Rockwood Health System is expanding into the insurance business by offering plans to Spokane-area companies and employees that would erase co-pays and deductibles. The moves are designed to tighten …


  • New care for autism

    Jessica Ley leaned close toward the 5-year-old sitting opposite her in a child-size chair, and she had his full attention. “Spell ‘at,’ ” she said.


  • Fight seeking dog coverage clears city council

    Kris Stanford is trying to fix a quirk in state law that she considers an automatic death sentence for any dog declared “dangerous” by authorities. The Spokane woman’s puppy, Salon, …


  • Buyers beware of long-term care insurance

    Vera Gunnarson sat in her Seattle-area home recently, pouring through a neat file of long-term-care insurance papers. The oldest was signed in 1994, when Gunnarson was 61. “I probably should …


  • Health insurance applications surge at deadline in Washington

    Washington’s state health insurance exchange reported a spike in sign-ups ahead of next Monday’s deadline, swelling enrollments for all plans to just over 213,000.


  • More young adults have health insurance, study finds

    Like many college graduates, Amelia Mills needed a little help shifting from student to worker. The 23-year-old recent Whitworth University graduate said staying on her mother’s health insurance policy after …


  • Insurers move to cover abortion

    OLYMPIA – Two insurance companies that filed to compete in Washington state’s health care exchange initially proposed not to provide abortion coverage, officials said Wednesday. All current Washington health plans …


  • Session to cover new autism insurance rules

    The Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy and the Northwest Autism Center are presenting a session on new rules that require health care insurers to cover treatments for autism spectrum disorders. …


  • Buy in to your health

    Choosing health insurance can be confusing, as consumers try to decipher terms like “non-preferred providers” and “out-of-network co-insurance.” Buying it on your own, as many have been forced to do …


  • Aid for autism

    Mattie Lewis still has her “autism moments.” She recites TV shows she’s seen, line by line, watching them in her mind’s eye. We’re not watching TV now, her parents remind …


  • City rallies around Cat Davis

    On Monday, Cat Davis got a fabulous early birthday present: An independent medical review board overturned her insurance company’s decision to deny her a potentially life-saving stem cell transplant. Davis, …


  • If you charge for waterfront access, check your insurance

    Many fishermen cut through private property to reach their favorite section of a river. Often, that entry can be illegal trespassing, but there are many places where access is granted …


  • Premiums for family health plans hit $15,745

    WASHINGTON — It sounds like good news: Annual premiums for job-based family health plans went up only 4 percent this year. But hang on to your wallets. Premiums averaged $15,745, …


  • Overlooking disability insurance can be costly

    CHICAGO – Long-term disability insurance is the forgotten insurance. The importance of auto, health, homeowners and life insurance is well known. But disability coverage, which replaces lost earnings if you …


  • WA Legislature to consider abortion insurance

    In the session that begins next week in Olympia, the Washington Legislature will consider a bill that would require private insurance companies that cover maternity care to also pay for …


  • Rates keep rising, and long-term care insurers hold the reins

    John Thielbahr got an unpleasant holiday surprise this year: an enormous increase in the “level” premiums for his long-term care insurance policy. Within a couple of weeks, he and his …


  • Rates down, but only for those in know

    When Patti Redmond discovered in October that she was paying almost twice the going rate for her insurance policy, she called her company to ask them why. A representative from …


  • Patients, families reach out for help with medical expenses

    They are neighbors, friends and family, ensnared by chance cruelties of life. Most often they did nothing to bring about their pain and worry. They are accident victims, tots taken …


  • Police pension group OKs hypnosis

    A retired Spokane police officer will have his hypnosis weight-loss therapy paid for by city tax money. Members of the Spokane Police Pension and Relief Board unanimously approved the unusual …


  • Washington orders Regence to resurrect child-only plans

    Washington’s top insurance regulator says Regence BlueShield must resume selling child-only health insurance.


  • Insurance policies allow protections from windstorms

    Standard insurance policies typically cover wind damage to homes and businesses, but not to vehicles unless the auto policy-holder has optional comprehensive coverage, according to the Northwest Insurance Council.


  • Insurance bridge coming

    Washington is set to start a new federally funded high-risk health insurance program. It is designed to cover people who are unable to obtain insurance, such as former and current …


  • HHS warns of double-digit spike in health premiums

    Eye-popping health insurance premium increases of up to 39 percent are not an exception but a worrisome sign of the times, the Obama administration said in a report Thursday.


  • Editorial: Insurance reform would give options to workers

    Washington state’s industrial insurance program is notoriously unconventional. This is one of only four states where private insurance carriers can’t compete for workers’ compensation business. Only in Washington is the …


  • Washington on track for 1 million uninsured

    Washington state will have more than 1 million uninsured residents by 2011, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said in Spokane this afternoon.


  • Falling premiums heighten interest in life insurance

    David Boley is a Farmers Insurance agent who’s seeing life insurance from both sides lately. On the one hand, despite the poor economy, there’s a steady interest in life insurance …


  • Latest AIG bailout likely won’t be last

    WASHINGTON – A new definition of desperate times: Even as the government threw a stunning new $30 billion lifeline to American International Group on Monday, the beleaguered insurance giant confirmed …


  • New liver, new law

    Fred Watley rode a bike last summer. He roller-skates with his son. A couple of weeks ago, he shoveled snow until his wife shooed him back inside their Spokane home. …


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