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Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP

House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Republicans Wednesday to unify and stop fighting each other as he tried steering his fractious party into an election year devoid of the collisions …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Health care fines press millennials as sign-up deadline nears

Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama’s health care law. Fines …


Froma Harrop: Let 18-year-olds drink

Focus on defending, incrementally improving Obamacare.


GOP should consult states for a health care checkup

States realize erasing Obamacare with no alternative is bad medicine.


Obama vetoes bill to repeal signature health care law

WASHINGTON – Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed Republican-inspired legislation to repeal his health care law, saying to do so “would reverse the significant progress …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 5, 2015, 3:57 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Idaho’s Medicaid gap provokes a deadly debate

What does Idaho’s “Medicaid gap” look like? In Kootenai County, it looks like nearly 7,000 individual human beings who can’t get health insurance.


Two years in, more people insured under Obamacare but changes rattle some enrollees

As the third year of the Affordable Care Act dawned Sunday and Americans began shopping online for next year’s health insurance, Washington officials expect to avoid some problems that plagued …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 11:51 p.m.

Idaho insurance exchange going strong, but ‘gap’ population still unaddressed

For more than 86,000 Idahoans, health care reform has meant new, affordable options for health coverage, with an average premium, after federal subsidies, of just $65 a month.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 7:12 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Affordable Care Act not true health care reform

It’s open season for enrollment in health insurance if you choose to purchase it. Not much of a choice.


Crunch time at small businesses as health care demands loom

It’s crunch time for thousands of small business owners who must comply with requirements of the health care law for the first time.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 24, 2015, 3:25 p.m.

Obama administration unveils health care premiums for 2016

When consumers turn on their laptops and tablets Monday morning, they should be able to check premiums for 2016 under President Barack Obama’s health care law.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 19, 2015, 5:05 p.m.

Health reform law fine on the uninsured will more than double next year

The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact …


Health exchange changing payment process

OLYMPIA – The Washington health exchange is cutting out the middleman between insurance companies and their customers who sign up for individual plans using the agency’s online finder. In this …


Washington health exchange changes billing system

OLYMPIA – The Washington health exchange is cutting out the middleman between insurance companies and their customers who sign up for individual plans using the agency’s online finder. In this …


UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2015, 1:15 p.m.

Democrats cheer, GOP rebukes court ruling

Democrats cheer decision on health care law. Republican vow to continue the fight against it.


Supreme Court upholds provisions of Obama health care law

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.


Washington health insurance premiums going down for some

SEATTLE – While some states are expecting double-digit increases in individual health care insurance premiums next year, some Washington insurers on the state exchange plan to lower their rates for …


Shawn Vestal: Health care horror stories more hairy than scary

Remember “Bette in Spokane”? Bette in Spokane was the anecdotal hook that Cathy McMorris Rodgers used to critique Obamacare last year when she gave the GOP rebuttal to the State …


Cancer-screening money available from Spokane health district

The Spokane Regional Health District wants to get the word out that it has money available for breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings. Over the past year, district officials have …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 16, 2015, 2:16 p.m.

Washington offers new enrollment period for health insurance

Washington state will open a special enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act that extends through tax-filing season.


Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed

After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official …


As deadline approaches for health exchange, Spokane outreach efforts increase sign-ups

Efforts to get people signed up for health insurance are paying off in Spokane County, where the percentage of residents without insurance has dropped to less than 3 percent of …


Smart Bombs: Benghazi ‘scandal’ on hiatus

As you may have heard – though probably not on Fox News – the House Intelligence Committee, run by Republicans, recently released a report that turns the Benghazi “bombshells” into …


Kathleen Parker: Midterm elections were referendum on trust

Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless. In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The …


Obama Administration dials back goal for health law sign-ups

WASHINGTON — With sign-up season launching this weekend, the Obama administration sharply dialed down expectations Monday for the second year of the president’s push to provide health insurance for all …


Users frustrated with administration of Washington health exchange

Joleene Ries knew for five months she wasn’t paying enough for medical insurance but couldn’t get the state agency that collects her money to raise her premiums. “I’m more than …