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Report: Medicaid enrollments, costs begin to stabilize

States are seeing more stability in their Medicaid programs after experiencing a surge in enrollment and costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that one of the major pillars …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Trump’s health care end run reflects frustrations

Frustrated over setbacks in Congress, President Donald Trump wielded his rule-making power Thursday to launch an end run that might get him closer to his goal of repealing and replacing …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Sen. Collins’ opposition essentially kills GOP health care drive

The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama’s health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators …


Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that’s given …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 9:13 a.m.

Idaho considers a new approach to health insurance for sick and working poor

Idaho health officials are taking another crack at addressing the state’s Medicaid gap, with a new approach that would close part of the gap.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:28 a.m.

Five governors urge Congress to bolster Obamacare markets for 2018

Five governors – critics and backers of the Affordable Care Act – called on Congress Thursday to bolster the insurance exchanges created under the law, challenging President Donald Trump’s argument …


Trump administration slashes funds for health care sign-ups

Affirming its disdain for “Obamacare,” the Trump administration on Thursday announced sharp cuts in programs promoting health care enrollment under the Affordable Care Act for next year.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Idaho Sen. Risch: Health care changes must be bipartisan

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch declared today that health care reform can’t succeed with just one party backing it, saying it must be bipartisan.


Undertaker or caretaker? Trump’s shifting health law role

With Republicans unable to advance a health care bill in Congress, President Donald Trump’s administration may find itself in an awkward role as caretaker of the Affordable Care Act, which …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Patty Murray, Lamar Alexander announce hearings for potential bipartisan Obamacare fix

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold actual hearings on health care next month, focused on trying to find ways to stabilize insurance markets and bring …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

Idaho health insurers plan big rate hikes after Trump threatens to halt payments

Uncertainty from the federal government has caused health insurers to propose steep rate hikes for Idahoans who buy plans on the state-based exchange for coverage in 2018, state officials said …


Goodman and Moynihan: Resistance to ACA repeal rolls on

The effort to kill Obamacare is not complete. Expect vigorous protests throughout August, led by the activists of ADAPT and their allies.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Republican senators fail in bid to repeal Obamacare

After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated Wednesday they don’t have the stomach to repeal “Obamacare” when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Senate opens ‘Obamacare’ debate at last but outcome in doubt

With Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie, the Senate voted by a hair Tuesday to start debating Republican legislation to tear down much of the Obama health care …


GOP and Dems start talking about compromise health bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will move next week on a measure to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, but, predicting failure, other senators are already talking about areas of compromise …


McConnell prods senators on health care bill, amid dim odds

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spurred Republican senators Thursday to resolve internal disputes that have pushed their marquee health care bill to the brink of oblivion. Yet the GOP’s reeling effort …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Democrats, Sen. Murray take Trump to task for handling of opioid crisis

A group of Democratic Senators, including Patty Murray, D-Wash., accused the Trump administration of delaying much-needed action to fight opioid addiction in a


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

Collapse of Obamacare repeal campaign ups pressure on Republicans to work with Democrats

Congressional Republicans, their campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in shambles, face mounting pressure to work with Democrats to make fixes to the 2010 health care law …


Trump presses Congress on health care bill: Get it done

President Donald Trump pressed Congress on Monday to get health care done before leaving for its long August recess, even as Republican senators say the GOP effort so far to …


Outside View: HHS secretary’s tweets are irresponsible

Price certainly would not have left out vital information from medical studies as he advised patients on treatment options. It’s deeply disappointing he did so in the nation’s top health …


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:17 p.m.

High-risk health insurance pools could make comeback under GOP plans

If Congressional Republicans succeed in passing a sweeping health care bill, high-risk health insurance pools could make a comeback. The history of Washington’s pool provides a look at what coverage …


Nevada’s Heller is fifth GOP senator to oppose health-care bill

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday that he cannot support Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill without changes to it, becoming the fifth GOP senator to take that position …


Medicaid is biggest consumer story in ‘Obamacare’ rollback

Republicans in full control of government are on the brink of history-making changes to the nation’s health care system. The impact for consumers would go well beyond “Obamacare.”


Stealthy Senate undermines own health care bill

The public should see the entire bill, seeing how it will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and affect one-sixth of the economy.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Despite secrecy, McConnell says GOP getting ready for Senate health care vote

Senate Republicans steered toward a potential showdown vote on their long-awaited health care bill next week, despite indications that they’ve yet to solidify the 50 GOP votes they’ll need to …


Democrats say they’ll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

Democrats plan to slow the Senate’s work, force votes and make late-night speeches in an effort to focus attention on how Republicans are crafting legislation revamping the nation’s health care …


New ad campaign to pressure five GOP senators to vote against health care overhaul

An organization that opposes the Republican effort to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act is pressuring five GOP senators not to vote for the emerging legislation …


GOP weighs options as health bill faces hurdle on abortion

Senate Republicans working on high-stakes health care legislation are anticipating problems with abortion restrictions that their House counterparts have already passed.


Iowa asks U.S. for Obamacare help facing market ‘collapse’

Facing what it called a “collapse” of its Obamacare market next year, Iowa is asking the Trump administration to let it reallocate millions of dollars and create a stopgap program …