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Insurance questions for cannabis consumers

As legalized cannabis use grows, some insurance underwriters and firms throughout Washington are beginning to reexamine past positions.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Washington regulators fine supposed faith-based health coverage companies $1.1M for ‘sham’ insurance

After issuing a cease-and-desist order in May, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced Thursday he’s seeking more than $1 million in fines from two companies his office believes have continued …


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 …


UPDATED: Sun., May 12, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in U.S.

Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign into law Monday a law that will make Washington the first state in the nation to offer a universally available public health insurance …


Last-minute shoppers for public health plans in Spokane County can seek help Saturday

The offices of Better Health Together, at 1206 N. Lincoln St. near the Spokane Arena, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the last day of open …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 11:19 a.m.

Deadline for Spokane residents to sign up for public health care plans is Saturday

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

Open enrollment begins for 2019 insurance coverage under Washington and Idaho exchanges

Washington and Idaho residents can begin signing up this week for 2019 health insurance and dental plans under the states’ individual insurance markets.


Idaho health insurers raised rates 27 percent this year. For 2019? 8 percent.

Idaho health insurers plan to raise rates an average of 8 percent for their 2019 plans sold directly to customers, mostly through the state’s Your Health Idaho exchange.


Health insurer Aetna swings to a first-quarter profit

Aetna made $1.21 billion and beat Wall Street earnings expectations in the first quarter, as the health insurer moved closer to sealing its roughly $69 billion combination with CVS Health.


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers has troubles with the truth on pre-existing conditions

If it’s April, it must be time for Cathy McMorris Rodgers to start telling whoppers about health care.


Audit: Idaho owes $3.1 million for health insurance bonus

Auditors say that Idaho was overpaid $3.1 million and should repay the money given to them by a federal agency to cover children on government health insurance.


Idaho to require coverage for autism treatment

Idaho is joining a long list of states to require health insurers provide coverage for the treatment of autism, Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron announced Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs abortion insurance bill

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that requires Washington insurers offering maternity care to also cover elective abortions and contraception.


WSU study finds people with disabilities benefitted from health reform

People with disabilities benefited significantly from the Affordable Care Act through both expanded access to Medicaid and being able to purchase private insurance, a Washington State University study found.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Children’s health insurance funding at center of shutdown battle splitting Washington delegation

Lawmakers remain at odds over legislation that would fund the federal government past a rapidly approaching Friday deadline. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, joined by Republican colleagues at a news conference …


Health insurance sign-ups close Monday in Washington

Monday is the deadline to sign up for individual health insurance coverage through Washington HealthPlanFinder.


Idaho exchange sees strong showing with short health insurance sign-up period

Nearly 102,000 Idahoans enrolled in health insurance plans on the state-based exchange despite having a shorter time period to sign up for coverage.


Health insurance funding for children running low as Congress stays deadlocked on reauthorizing CHIP

A federal health insurance program covering 52,000 kids in Washington is running out of money as partisan disagreements keep Congress from reauthorizing funding. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly called …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

‘I’m driven to make the world a better place’: Antony Chiang, president of Empire Health Foundation, uses bold thinking to drive social change

Under Antony Chiang’s leadership, Empire Health Foundation has developed a reputation for big-picture thinking. The foundation is tackling issues such as childhood obesity and access to health care.


Price hikes push health insurance shoppers into hard choices

This largely middle-class crowd of shoppers is struggling to stay insured. They’ve weathered years of price hikes and shrinking insurance choices with no help. Faced with more price increases for …


While still rising, health law sign-ups likely to fall short of last year’s total

Sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health insurance are still rising, the government said Wednesday. But with just over a week to go in an enrollment season cut in …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 6:22 a.m.

Obamacare insurance sign-ups climb amid steep price hike

Steep premium increases on Washington’s and Idaho’s health insurance exchanges haven’t stopped people from signing up for coverage this year.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

Seattle school bus drivers to strike 1 day over health care

The Seattle school bus drivers union says it will go on a one-day strike Wednesday to protest the health insurance plan being offered.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Open enrollment for health insurance underway in Idaho; state health exchange sees jump in premiums

Idaho’s insurance market opened for business Wednesday, giving Gem State residents a month and a half to sign up for 2018 health insurance.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

Trump seeks ‘Obamacare’ demise, but sign-up season gears up

Consumers can now begin previewing 2018 plans and premiums for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, even as President Donald Trump continues his push to dismantle the Obama-era law.


Companies raise health insurance rates for Montana

Two companies have increased their health insurance rates for Montana after the president ended subsidies for low- to moderate-income policy holders under the Affordable Care Act.


Shawn Vestal: Expiration of kids’ insurance program sets new low-water mark for D.C. dysfunction

Not long ago, the Seattle Times editorial board asked members of Congress what they were going to do about violence and guns. Cathy McMorris Rodgers answered that she was on …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

A short-term health deal by senators – but Trump a question

Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America’s health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump’s order to terminate “Obamacare” subsidies. Trump …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Montana insurance providers allowed to file rate increases

Federal regulators are allowing two companies offering health insurance through the individual market in Montana to file rate increases after President Donald Trump’s decision last week to end certain payments …


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 …