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Washington health insurance premiums going down for some

SEATTLE – While some states are expecting double-digit increases in individual health care insurance premiums next year, some Washington insurers on the state exchange plan to lower their rates for …


Shawn Vestal: Health care horror stories more hairy than scary

Remember “Bette in Spokane”? Bette in Spokane was the anecdotal hook that Cathy McMorris Rodgers used to critique Obamacare last year when she gave the GOP rebuttal to the State …


Cancer-screening money available from Spokane health district

The Spokane Regional Health District wants to get the word out that it has money available for breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings. Over the past year, district officials have …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 16, 2015

Washington offers new enrollment period for health insurance

Washington state will open a special enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act that extends through tax-filing season.


Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed

After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official …


As deadline approaches for health exchange, Spokane outreach efforts increase sign-ups

Efforts to get people signed up for health insurance are paying off in Spokane County, where the percentage of residents without insurance has dropped to less than 3 percent of …


Smart Bombs: Benghazi ‘scandal’ on hiatus

As you may have heard – though probably not on Fox News – the House Intelligence Committee, run by Republicans, recently released a report that turns the Benghazi “bombshells” into …


Kathleen Parker: Midterm elections were referendum on trust

Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless. In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The …


Obama Administration dials back goal for health law sign-ups

WASHINGTON — With sign-up season launching this weekend, the Obama administration sharply dialed down expectations Monday for the second year of the president’s push to provide health insurance for all …


Users frustrated with administration of Washington health exchange

Joleene Ries knew for five months she wasn’t paying enough for medical insurance but couldn’t get the state agency that collects her money to raise her premiums. “I’m more than …


Health care exchange glitches a mystery, official says

OLYMPIA – Thousands of customers of Washington’s health care exchange have problems with the new medical insurance they’ve purchased this year, problems the state agency hopes to have fixed by …


Froma Harrop: Latest Obamacare lawsuit a dull rerun

On television, summer reruns are becoming a thing of the past. Noting a jump in demand for fresh entertainment in the hot months, TV execs are responding with original programming. …


Butch Otter, Russ Fulcher fight for GOP vote in Idaho’s governor’s race

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has built a long political career on disdain for the federal government, stirring talk of freedom and encouraging Idahoans to be the “architects of …


Shawn Vestal: ACA saves former Spokane Symphony director from economic disaster

Timing, they say, is everything. For John Hancock, that’s been particularly true lately. After several years without health insurance, Hancock – the former director of the Spokane Symphony – signed …


Republican right condemns McMorris Rodgers remark on ACA

Comments from U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers about the future of the Affordable Care Act published last week have incited a firestorm of criticism among right-leaning media outlets suggesting surrender …


Obama touts health care milestone

WASHINGTON – Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments …


Health insurance sign-up deadline nears

Time is running out to purchase subsidized health insurance for 2014. March 31 is the nationwide enrollment deadline for private health plans. With people continuing to sign up in large …


Health insurance signup deadline nears

Time is running out to purchase subsidized health insurance for 2014. March 31 is the nationwide enrollment deadline for private health plans. With people continuing to sign up in large …


McMorris Rodgers glosses over pesky facts

Everyone knew there would be a Bette from Spokane. If not a Bette, then a Bob or a Brenda or a Bubba or a Buck. And everyone knew that Bette …


‘Bette in Spokane,’ cited in McMorris Rodgers’ speech, declined health insurance options

The woman described only as “Bette in Spokane” during a nationally televised address by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she had no idea her frustrations over increasing insurance …


Washington extends deadline for insurance applications

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington residents who have started but not finished their applications for insurance through the state’s new health care exchange are getting a deadline extension.


Report details health reform’s reception in Washington

Washington’s new online health insurance marketplace, one of the nation’s most successful, has provided early answers to some of the biggest questions in federal health care reform. For example: Do …


Idaho billboards target state-run health exchange supporters

BOISE – Billboards bashing Idaho lawmakers who cast votes for a state insurance exchange are popping up in legislative districts. Idaho Freedom Foundation chief Wayne Hoffman said the signs are …


Washington Medicaid increases dental coverage for adults

OLYMPIA – A quarter-million adults in Washington will gain dental coverage over the next two years as the state expands its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act and re-establishes …


Idaho exchange may need fee hike

Idaho insurance exchange leaders could hike a fee on individual policies by nearly 75 percent within two years because existing assessments may be insufficient to sustain the Internet health coverage …


Health plan website fixes errors, draws customers

OLYMPIA – More than 165,000 people have visited Washington’s website designed to help them find medical insurance, and about 9,400 individuals or families have enrolled in some type of plan. …


BBB Tip of the Week: Health care scams

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are in effect and scammers are pouncing on the confusion related to these healthcare changes. Here are several scams that …


McMorris Rodgers: GOP won’t back down on budget fight

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Spokane Republican at the center of the partial government shutdown, said Friday the GOP remains united in forcing Democrats to the negotiating table over …


Insurance website to debut as planned

OLYMPIA – Washington state will debut its website to help people find medical insurance under Obamacare today even if the federal government is forced into a shutdown over health care …


Health reform dispute sends gov’t to brink of shutdown

WASHINGTON — Compromise elusive, Republicans and Democrats engaged in finger-pointing Monday just hours before the first government shutdown in 17 years, driven by an intractable budget dispute over President Barack …