Stories tagged: affordable care act
Wed., Feb. 12, 2020
The proportion of people in families struggling to pay medical bills is down, but the number isn’t dropping like it used to, according to a big government study.
Tue., Feb. 4, 2020
The Satake family of Spokane didn’t need to travel to the other Washington to appreciate the impact of national politics on their daily lives. They see it every day with …
Mon., Dec. 30, 2019
As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019
More than 8 million people have signed up for coverage next year under former President Barack Obama’s health care law, the government said Friday, showing continued demand for the program …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019
A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down “Obamacare’s” now-toothless requirement that Americans carry health insurance but sidestepped a ruling on the law’s overall constitutionality. The decision means the law …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019
The Catholic, Oregon-based insurer is affiliated with the Providence chain of hospitals, including Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
Sun., June 9, 2019
Washington regulators target faith-based health care firm that Spokane Valley woman says scammed her
They’re protected from state regulation and are the health coverage of choice for about 25,000 Washington residents. But one Spokane Valley woman is among two dozen statewide who say they …
Sat., May 4, 2019
The worst thing that Attorney General William P. Barr did this week arguably had nothing to do with possible contempt of Congress or the Mueller report. It had to do …
Thu., April 18, 2019
It’s a solid bet that our health care future won’t look quite like the present; its future will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election.
UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019
The Washington state Senate passes a bill to put the consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act into state law.
Sun., March 10, 2019
Patients are showing up at emergency clinics with the expectation that their care will be covered by their health plan. But some of the ER doctors aren’t covered by the …
Wed., Dec. 19, 2018
A federal judge in Texas just threw out the Affordable Care Act root and branch. Upheld, the ruling would rocket Republicans toward their goal of killing Obamacare. The downside for …
Sat., Dec. 15, 2018
After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was “invalid,” President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018
A federal judge in Texas threw a dagger into the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that the entire health-care law is unconstitutional because of a recent change in …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018
Statewide, enrollment numbers are surging in the final few days before the open enrollment period for public health options ends Saturday night. Spokane County residents may pick plans from among …
Wed., Oct. 31, 2018
Vestal: McMorris Rodgers’ record shows she didn’t vote to protect people with pre-existing conditions
Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ voting record shows clearly where she has stood on protecting those who have pre-existing conditions. But it doesn’t seem to be the record she thinks she has.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018
Idaho is one of four Republican-leaning states where voter initiatives to expand Medicaid are on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Sun., Oct. 21, 2018
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a narrowly unsuccessful Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says it was in an effort to give states and patients …
Sat., Oct. 20, 2018
Selective memory loss is spreading, and it has become a necessary pre-condition to run as a Republican this year.
Fri., Oct. 12, 2018
I believe our state must defend and improve the consumer protections of the Affordble Care Act, not destroy them.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018
Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get price cuts. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis …
UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018
Sen. Maria Cantwell called on the U.S. Justice Department to resume defending portions of the Affordable Care Act in court, at a Tuesday event at Deaconess Hospital.
UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018
GOP delegates on Friday called on the Idaho Republican Party to formally oppose a Medicaid expansion initiative expected to be on the November ballot.
UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018
Cathy McMorris Rodgers: DOJ wrong not to defend pre-existing condition measures in Affordable Care Act
The congresswoman, who has maintained a tepid alliance with the Trump administration, on Wednesday spoke out against its plan not to defend portions of the health care law set up …
Sat., June 9, 2018
Jon Healey: Got a preexisting condition? The Trump administration wants insurers to deny you coverage
In its latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act – and in the process, raise premiums for many Americans – the Trump administration is urging a federal judge in …
Wed., May 16, 2018
Shawn Vestal: ACA “navigator” took personal data to Spokane insurance company to target sales pitches
They signed up for health insurance on the state exchange. But about 3,200 Washingtonians, all of whom were nearing age 65, also got something they didn’t ask for. Their contact …
UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018
Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to …
UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018
Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.
Sat., April 14, 2018
Whether you describe the future of health care as repealing or improving the Affordable Care Act, there is no simple solution. But there is agreement on the need for change …
UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018
Eastern Washington poll shows nearly 2-to-1 support for higher age limit for buying semi-automatic rifles
Eastern Washington voters overwhelmingly favor raising the age limit for buying a semi-automatic rifle but are evenly split on whether they think Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act, a …