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  • Tips from the FDA on prescriptions

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees prescription drugs and the pharmaceutical industry’s advertising practices. FDA maintains a web site outlining the requirements of federal law and some tips for …


  • Drug marketers don’t always deliver a healthy message

    Suffering? Getting old? The pharmaceutical industry wants to help. Every night on TV, photogenic actors frolic with photogenic grandchildren, or lounge in bathtubs gazing into the setting sun, telling emotion-laden …


  • History is on side of ‘Obamacare’

    Historically, health care expansion has a record of winning public support. In England, conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dismantled several nationalized sectors of the economy, returning them to private enterprise. …


  • Tax credits will vary by household income, family size

    WASHINGTON — Americans who buy health insurance outside their jobs next year can expect an average tax credit of nearly $2,700 to help them obtain coverage on the new state …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Cost control remains key issue of new law

    As a longtime advocate for health care reform, what does Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler think the 2010 law left undone? Cost control. “I wish there had been more …


  • State tries 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 …


  • Five things to know about health care overhaul

    Still a little hazy about the health care overhaul? You have plenty of company. About half the people surveyed this spring by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation felt they didn’t …


  • Glossary: Health care overhaul

    Major new laws come with their own jargon, and President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is no exception. With the first open enrollment season kicking off for the uninsured, here …


  • Obamacare will bring price break for many in Washington

    What will Obamacare cost, and who will it help? In Washington state it will cover more people and provide more comprehensive benefits than insurance companies sell today. And the final …


  • Center answers calls for help

    At 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 3, the switchboard turned on and the phones began to ring. Callers from all over Washington wanted to know how to qualify for health insurance …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Premera warns about rates

    Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in Eastern Washington, has toned down earlier warnings of “staggering” rate increases that it had blamed on federal health care reform, but still …


  • 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 …


  • A look at the exchanges

    A graphic look at how health care exhanges work and a state-by-state glance.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


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