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UnitedHealth to trim ACA exchanges to ‘handful’ of states

UnitedHealth, the nation’s biggest health insurer, will cut its participation in public health insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen for …


Sue Lani Madsen: Insurance under the Farm Bill holds lessons for the Affordable Care Act

Taxpayers cover 60 percent of the cost of premiums for crop insurance under the Farm Bill. Government stands behind the insurance companies to mitigate their exposure in exchange for a …


Report details costs, challenges of Affordable Care Act’s newly insured

Health insurers gained a sicker, more expensive patient population after the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage in 2014, according to an early look at medical claims from the Blue Cross …


Idaho senator will give up state-paid health insurance until Legislature provides coverage for others

Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician who’s ardently advocated for expanding Idaho’s Medicaid program, announced Thursday that he’s giving up his state-paid health insurance because the state provides no coverage …


Health law fines double for many uninsured at tax time, company says

Many people who went without health insurance last year are now seeing fines more than double under President Barack Obama’s health care law, tax preparation company H&R Block said Tuesday.


Supreme Court limits state power to gather health care data

The Supreme Court says state officials can’t force certain health insurers to turn over reams of data revealing how much they pay for medical claims.


Insurer warnings cast doubt on ACA exchange future

Political uncertainty isn’t the only threat to the Affordable Care Act’s future. Cracks also are spreading through a major pillar supporting the law


HealthCare.gov ‘passive’ on heading off fraud, report says

With billions in taxpayer dollars at stake, the Obama administration has taken a “passive” approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president’s health care law, nonpartisan congressional investigators say in …


Eight states had significant drop in uninsured, report shows

Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential …


Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season

Still facing political jeopardy, President Barack Obama’s health care law beat expectations by earning solid sign-ups this year, according to figures released Thursday by the administration. About 12.7 million people …


Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP

House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Republicans Wednesday to unify and stop fighting each other as he tried steering his fractious party into an election year devoid of the collisions …


Number of uninsured in Washington cut in half

The number of uninsured people in Washington state has been cut in half since health care reform took effect. But the state insurance commissioner’s office reported Wednesday there are still …


Sunday deadline to sign up for health insurance, avoid fines

Washington residents have until Sunday to sign up for insurance that takes effect on March 1. They are not required to buy the insurance through the state exchange, but that …


Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as sign-up season ends

Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation’s historic …


Health care fines press millennials as sign-up deadline nears

Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama’s health care law. Fines …


Froma Harrop: Let 18-year-olds drink

Focus on defending, incrementally improving Obamacare.


GOP should consult states for a health care checkup

States realize erasing Obamacare with no alternative is bad medicine.


Obama vetoes bill to repeal signature health care law

WASHINGTON – Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed Republican-inspired legislation to repeal his health care law, saying to do so “would reverse the significant progress …


Sue Lani Madsen: No sympathy from politicians for those priced out of health care

It was political theater week in health care. The Republican Congress listened to its grassroots and has presented the President with a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 5, 2015

Shawn Vestal: Idaho’s Medicaid gap provokes a deadly debate

What does Idaho’s “Medicaid gap” look like? In Kootenai County, it looks like nearly 7,000 individual human beings who can’t get health insurance.


Two years in, more people insured under Obamacare but changes rattle some enrollees

As the third year of the Affordable Care Act dawned Sunday and Americans began shopping online for next year’s health insurance, Washington officials expect to avoid some problems that plagued …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015

Idaho insurance exchange going strong, but ‘gap’ population still unaddressed

For more than 86,000 Idahoans, health care reform has meant new, affordable options for health coverage, with an average premium, after federal subsidies, of just $65 a month.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2015

Sue Lani Madsen: Affordable Care Act not true health care reform

It’s open season for enrollment in health insurance if you choose to purchase it. Not much of a choice.


Crunch time at small businesses as health care demands loom

It’s crunch time for thousands of small business owners who must comply with requirements of the health care law for the first time.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 24, 2015

Obama administration unveils health care premiums for 2016

When consumers turn on their laptops and tablets Monday morning, they should be able to check premiums for 2016 under President Barack Obama’s health care law.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 19, 2015

Health reform law fine on the uninsured will more than double next year

The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact …


Health exchange changing payment process

OLYMPIA – The Washington health exchange is cutting out the middleman between insurance companies and their customers who sign up for individual plans using the agency’s online finder. In this …


Washington health exchange changes billing system

OLYMPIA – The Washington health exchange is cutting out the middleman between insurance companies and their customers who sign up for individual plans using the agency’s online finder. In this …


UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2015

Democrats cheer, GOP rebukes court ruling

Democrats cheer decision on health care law. Republican vow to continue the fight against it.


Supreme Court upholds provisions of Obama health care law

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.