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The Hartford to limit insurance for fossil fuel companies

A major insurer is limiting its coverage of companies in the fossil fuel business, citing concerns about climate change.


Washington health benefit exchange enrollment numbers dip for 2020

Nearly 212,000 Washingtonians have selected health plans through the state exchange, and enrollment ended on Dec. 30.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Wildfires cause turmoil in California property insurance market

Thousands of California homeowners have lost their insurance policies as insurers pull out of areas that are at risk of fire damage or stop insuring homes altogether.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Decade in review: More insurance, more consolidation, more medical education in Spokane

Health care has undergone some dramatic changes in the Spokane region, from new provider groups entering the market to the expansion of medical education east of the Cascades. The landscape …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

New York Life to spend $6.3 B on Cigna business

New York Life will spend more than $6 billion in cash to acquire the group life and disability coverage business of the insurer Cigna. New York Life said Wednesday that …


Washington public lands commissioner pitching new home, auto insurance charge to pay for wildfire efforts

The new charges would go into effect in 2021, if passed, and provide the state a stable source of money for timber treatment, the purchase of new firefighting equipment and …


Nerd Wallet: How to choose the right health plan

Picking a health plan is complicated, but these tips can help you choose the right insurance for your needs.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Providence to enter Washington insurance market in 2020, with limited abortion coverage

The Catholic, Oregon-based insurer is affiliated with the Providence chain of hospitals, including Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.


Insurance questions for cannabis consumers

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


Hurry up and wait: Doctors say insurers increasingly interfere

Doctors are finding that they need more approvals from insurance companies before their patients can get routine care like medical scans or some prescriptions. Insurers say they are reviewing more …


Premera Blue Cross pays states $10 million over data breach

Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential …


Maine making public, private insurers cover abortions

A bill requiring public and private insurance companies to cover abortion is now law in Maine with Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ signature Thursday.


Washington Legislature moves to address ‘surprise billing’ that affects 1 in 5 ER patients

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019

Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion

Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion, making the series of fires some of the most expensive in state history, officials said Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

So-called ‘murder insurance’ policies backed by the NRA for self-defense shootings deemed illegal in Washington

Insurance coverage backed by the NRA that would assist gun owners who later claimed self-defense in a shooting may no longer be sold in Washington state, regulators announced Tuesday. The …


Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018

Shoppers may face hard choices again on health marketplaces

Insurance shoppers likely will have several choices for individual health coverage this fall. The bad news? There’s no guarantee they will cover certain doctors or prescriptions.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown on health care, Medicare and Medicaid

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 …


He was flown to the hospital, then got the bill: $56,800 that insurance won’t cover

Vinci works in health care. He understands the system. He could walk blindfolded through the labyrinth of insurance. But he still was baffled by what happened after Life Flight filed …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018

Downhill trend: Spokane plunges in AllState driver rankings

As Americans prepare for what may be the last great road trip of the 2018 summer this Labor Day weekend, Allstate released its annual “America’s Best Drivers Report,” which details …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018

Startup launches insurance for Uber, Lyft passengers

Worried about an accident when you ride with Uber or Lyft? Now you can get an insurance policy from your phone for the ride too.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018

Some state health insurers ask for substantial individual market rate increases next year

Washington health insurers have filed requests to raise individual market premiums an average of 19 percent for 2019, with substantial variation among insurers.


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: Sun., May 6, 2018

Idaho officials negotiating on ‘state-based’ insurance plan

Idaho officials say they may add more requirements from former President Barack Obama’s health care law to their proposal to let health insurance companies sell so-called state-based policies that skirt …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018

Walmart reportedly eyes deal with insurer Humana

Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to the Wall Street Journal.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

Trump proposes reduction of drug costs under Medicare

President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

Insurance claims from California wildfires near $12 billion

Insurance claims from last fall’s deadly California wildfires have reached $11.8 billion, making it the most expensive series of wildfires in state history, an official said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Idaho to insurers: Give us plans that don’t follow Obamacare

Concerned about soaring health care costs, Idaho on Wednesday revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheap policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017

CVS pushes into insurance with $69 billion Aetna bid

CVS will buy insurance giant Aetna in a roughly $69 billion deal that will help the drugstore chain reach deeper into customer health care and protect a key client, a …


Former Idaho insurance agent sentenced for fraud

A former south-central Idaho insurance agent who used customers’ insurance premiums for personal purchases has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of probation.