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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017

Obamacare enrollment period ending amid uncertainty about President Trump’s impact on it

The Affordable Care Act’s fourth open-enrollment season draws to its scheduled close at midnight Tuesday amid uncertainty over how much actions by the Trump administration to undercut the law might …

Deadline nears to sign up for health insurance for 2017 on Washington exchange

Anyone who currently lacks health insurance but wants to be covered for 2017 has until 11:59 p.m. Tuesdsay to sign up on the state’s Health Benefits Exchange. Plans bought before …

Trump states hit hardest if Obamacare cost-sharing help ends

The constituents with the most to lose if congressional Republicans cut funding to Obamacare overwhelmingly live in the parts of the country that President Donald Trump won in last year’s …

First health care repeal deadline missed by Congress

The four authorizing committees in the House and Senate that were directed to mark up their portions of a bill to repeal the health care law officially missed the deadline …

Obamacare: Many are worried about potential health care loss, poll shows

Though “Obamacare” still divides Americans, a majority worry that many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation’s long-running political standoff over health care. A new …

Trump’s biggest campaign promises face ‘Day 1’ test

As a candidate, Donald Trump made a slew of “Day One” promises that any president would find daunting. He declared that repealing and replacing his predecessor’s health care law would …

Trump takes first steps in a new era of conservatism

Freshly sworn in to office, President Donald Trump set about Friday trying to deliver the change he promised as he took the helm of the vast executive branch bureaucracy and …

Republican governors balk as Congress races to kill Obamacare

Republican governors, while remaining publicly committed to ending Obamacare, are telling their congressional delegations that repealing the health-care law without an adequate replacement would ravage budgets and swamp hospitals with …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

HHS nominee Price sees ‘access’ to coverage as health reform goal

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services and one of Congress’s most vehement critics of the Affordable Care Act, told …

Digital ad campaign for GOP health care plan being launched

An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care law, running $400,000 in digital ads across …

Inslee decries efforts to repeal federal health care law

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the Republican effort in the U.S. Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act is morally irresponsible.

Senate adopts budget opening door for Obamacare repeal

The Senate early Thursday took a first step toward repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care law by adopting a fiscal 2017 budget resolution following a seven-hour voting session.

Trump pushes GOP leaders for fast action on health care

President-elect Donald Trump pushed Congress on Tuesday to act swiftly to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and follow up with a replacement. Speaker Paul Ryan, after talking with …

Paul Ryan: Obamacare replacement will begin this year

Lawmakers will act this year on bills not simply repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law but replacing it as well, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.

GOP plans swift Obamacare repeal with no replacement in place

The first major act of the unified Republican government in 2017 will be a vote in Congress to begin tearing down Obamacare.

‘Obamacare’ holding its own: 6.4M signed up so far

“Obamacare” seems to be holding its own. The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through, ahead of last year’s pace.

Inslee among Democratic governors warning Congress on Obamacare repeal

Democratic governors Wednesday warned top Republicans in Congress that repealing the Obama health care law would stick states with billions of dollars in costs for providing medical care to residents …

Deadline Friday for Jan. 1 health insurance coverage

Washington residents have until late Friday to sign up for a health or dental plan through the state’s health exchange if they want coverage to begin Jan. 1.

Study: Premium hikes add $10B to taxpayers’ health law tab

WASHINGTON – Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to a study …

GOP’s timetable for getting repeal to Trump may be ambitious

Republicans in Congress are so eager to repeal the federal health law that some have vowed to get a bill to President-elect Donald Trump’s desk on the day he takes …

Health insurers get 1.6 percent of $6 billion they’re owed for costly ACA customers

Hundreds of insurers selling health plans in Affordable Care Act marketplaces are being paid less than 2 percent of nearly $6 billion the government owes them for covering customers last …

Hospital industry warns of ‘crisis’ if health law is repealed

The nation’s hospital industry warned President-elect Trump and congressional leaders on Tuesday that repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost hospitals $165 billion by the middle of the next decade …

In 2015, health care tab grew at fastest rate in 8 years

The nation’s health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama’s law and by costly prescription drugs, …

Idaho legislative panel calls for closing health coverage gap, but no agreement on how

A legislative working group that held months of meetings and hearings voted unanimously on Tuesday to call for the 2017 Idaho Legislature to take action to address the state’s health …

Early sign-ups for Obamacare are steady, but no surge

The Obama administration says a little over 1 million people renewed coverage or signed up for the first time through around the start of open enrollment.

Legislative leaders say Idaho’s work to close health coverage gap isn’t ending

The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.

Clinton’s promise to ‘fix’ Obamacare rate hikes unlikely to happen with GOP-held House

Hillary Clinton promised to fix problems with Obamacare that led to average rate hikes of 25 percent next year for mid-level health plans before subsidies.

Idaho lawmakers optimistic about closing coverage gap

Idaho lawmakers on a special committee examining options for addressing the state’s health coverage gap met most of the day Monday without reaching any consensus, but the panel’s co-chairs say …

Eye on Boise: Legislators in Congress split on budget vote

Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation split down the middle late last week as the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a continuing resolution to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown …

Michael Gerson: ACA implicated if Trump wins

The Affordable Care Act has come to embody and summarize declining trust in political institutions. The law was passed in a partisan march, without a single Republican vote.