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Overhaul confuses Medicare beneficiaries

Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to elderly consumers confused by overlapping enrollment …


Affordable Care Act: What it means for you

How will the Affordable Care Act affect you? Most Americans will be affected in some way, but the answer depends on where they live and how they get – or …


States experiment in effort to lower health care costs

SALEM, Ore. – As states work on implementing complex federal health care reforms, some have begun tackling an issue that has vexed employers, individuals and governments at all levels for …


Despite Cruz, Senate heads toward Obamacare vote

WASHINGTON — Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz’ all-night talkathon to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law surpassed the 20-hour mark Wednesday with a harsh reality looming — a test vote …


S-R seeks browsers of health site

Need health insurance? The Spokesman-Review is looking for a few volunteers to try Washington state’s new Health Plan Finder website, which debuts on Tuesday. The website is a central feature …


US wants Supreme Court to take up Hobby Lobby case

OKLAHOMA CITY — The federal government is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether Hobby Lobby and a Christian bookstore chain have to provide a wide range of birth …


State opens Spokane Valley call center to help uninsured get health coverage

At 7:30 a.m., the switchboard turned on and the phones began to ring. Callers from all over Washington wanted to know how to qualify for health insurance coverage. They dialed …


Idaho debuts health insurance exchange website

The state of Idaho on Tuesday unveiled yourhealthidaho.org, a website where Idahoans can get information about the opportunity to purchase subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For the …


Idaho unveils health insurance website

The state of Idaho today unveiled yourhealthidaho.org, a website where Idahoans can get information about the opportunity to purchase subsidized health insurance under Obamacare.


Cathy’s ‘effective’ at sticking to the plan

Cathy McMorris Rodgers – as you may not know if you’re not Eric Cantor – is back in Eastern Washington, having an “effective August recess.” Most of you wouldn’t really …


Idaho’s poorest fare worst in state’s health care reform

Obamacare is coming, even to Idaho. While other states including Washington have worked for years to implement it, and now are unveiling comprehensive health coverage options for the uninsured, Idaho’s …


Idaho must rely on feds’ site in first year

The Idaho Legislature will not get its wish for a health insurance exchange website built by and for Idahoans. Not in the first year, anyway. The Legislature’s decision simply came …


More people covered, costs lower for Washington Health Plan

What will Obamacare cost, and who will it help? In Washington state, where final rates emerged this week, it will cost less, cover more people, and provide more comprehensive benefits …


GOP rolls out ‘planning kit’

House Republicans seem to be leaving little to chance as their members prepare to spend the August recess among their voters, issuing a “planning kit” with tips on maximizing exposure …


Washington’s Apple Health aims to simplify Medicaid

In political circles, “Medicaid expansion” has been a phrase that launches arguments. But for uninsured poor people – 22,000 in Spokane County and 328,000 throughout Washington state – expansion means …


Key requirement of Obamacare delayed a year

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2105, in a central requirement of the new health care …


Washington insurance exchange to cut health care costs

Washington’s consumers got their first, preliminary look at the cost of “Obamacare” on Tuesday. And the news, for many consumers, was good: Health insurance next year will cover more and …


Providence, CHS have split Spokane’s health care system

Ten years ago, doctors called the shots when it came to health care in Spokane. Most owned their practices or plied their specialties in larger clinics. They freely referred patients …


Critical caregivers

Health care reform should come with a Help Wanted sign: Nurses are needed to help care for 32 million people. That’s how many Americans are expected to gain health coverage …


Expansion gets bipartisan support

Sometime this spring, the Washington Legislature has to enact a two-year budget that will address “Obamacare,” the federal government’s health care reform law. When it does, will partisan wrangling tie …


Goal of lower costs remains big uncertainty

Where can Americans find help with health insurance coverage? And P.S. – what’s it going to cost?


For health care’s drive to reform, cost curve looms ahead

After Congress created Medicare in 1965, the program grew and changed. But since the ’60s, when courtly senators still referred to one another as “gentlemen,” the spirit in Congress has …


State’s new online insurance exchange will carry coverage

From the outside, you’d never guess what’s going on in the nondescript old building across Capitol Way from the Starbucks in downtown Olympia. Within those painted concrete slabs, an agency …


Health care reform result of lawmakers, public workers, Seattle boy

If “Obamacare” deserves a face, it’s not Barack’s. It’s a young Seattle boy named Marcelas Owens, whose mother, like thousands of Americans every year, died of a treatable disease.


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Large dose of reform: Washington embraces Affordable Care Act

Health care, American-style, is about to undergo the biggest change since the enactment of Medicare 48 years ago. In quiet office buildings far from the glare of television cameras, officials …


Gov. Jay Inslee offers jobs outline

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee added some specifics to his campaign themes of generating more jobs in key industries, releasing a package Wednesday of tax breaks and spending projects designed …


State eyes system to streamline health care

OLYMPIA – State officials think they can save $14 million over the next five years and provide better health care to a group of patients who are among the most …


Inslee, McKenna differ on economic fixes, challenge anti-tax claims

To turn the governor’s office Republican for the first time in a generation, Attorney General Rob McKenna seems intent on keeping the race focused on local issues and state politics. …


Women get help through Care Act

WASHINGTON – Starting today, nearly 1.1 million women in Washington state will no longer be charged a co-pay for birth control, HIV screening and several other health care services under …