Stories tagged: insurance
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2016, 12:20 P.M.
HealthCare.gov ‘passive’ on heading off fraud, report says
With billions in taxpayer dollars at stake, the Obama administration has taken a “passive” approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president’s health care law, nonpartisan congressional investigators say in …
MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2016, 9:07 P.M.
Former Spokane insurance agent suspected of theft
Charges were filed in four insurance fraud cases in Spokane County Superior Court following investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit.”
SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2016
Surprise insurance fees often follow medical emergencies
WASHINGTON (AP) – Recovering from a medical procedure is always a challenge, but getting hit with unexpected insurance fees can add financial hardship to the process. As health insurance plans …
TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2016, 1:08 P.M.
Eight states had significant drop in uninsured, report shows
Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 10:06 A.M.
Number of uninsured in Washington cut in half
The number of uninsured people in Washington state has been cut in half since health care reform took effect. But the state insurance commissioner’s office reported Wednesday there are still …
FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2016, 12:42 P.M.
Sunday deadline to sign up for health insurance, avoid fines
Washington residents have until Sunday to sign up for insurance that takes effect on March 1. They are not required to buy the insurance through the state exchange, but that …
THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2016, 9:21 P.M.
Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as sign-up season ends
Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation’s historic …
FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2016, 10:26 A.M.
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 …
FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015
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.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2014
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 …
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
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.
THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014
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, …
MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014
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 …
THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013, 8:27 A.M.
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.
MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
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 …
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013
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 …
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013
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. …
TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012
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 …
TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012
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 …
THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012
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, …
SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2012
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 …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2012, 8:23 A.M.
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, …
SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012
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 …
FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012, 9:14 A.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011
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 …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011
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 …
SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011
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 …
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
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 …
FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010, 12:04 P.M.
Washington orders Regence to resurrect child-only plans
Washington’s top insurance regulator says Regence BlueShield must resume selling child-only health insurance.
MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010, 2:28 P.M.
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.