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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

Premiums for new paid family program start this week

Employers and employees in Washington state will start paying into a new paid family leave program next week, and benefits from the program will begin in 2020.


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.


Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over “Obamacare.” For consumers, it offers a potential respite …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Trump’s health care end run reflects frustrations

Frustrated over setbacks in Congress, President Donald Trump wielded his rule-making power Thursday to launch an end run that might get him closer to his goal of repealing and replacing …


Dr. Mark Paxton and Dr. Ashley Ulmer: Delta Dental should adopt patient-centered reforms

Delta’s business practices have routinely placed the company squarely between patients and the licensed dentists caring for them.


Congress must stabilize health insurance market

The reality is that the ACA will remain the law for the forseeable future, so the responsible course is for Congress to stabilize the individual insurance market.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 8:56 a.m.

Study: Trump actions trigger health premium hikes for 2018

The Trump administration’s own actions are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many consumers, a nonpartisan study has found.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 5:44 p.m.

Senate consumer choice idea could raise premiums for sick

A health care proposal from Senate conservatives would let insurers sell skimpy policies provided they also offer a comprehensive plan. It’s being billed as pro-consumer, allowing freedom of choice and …


Stark: AHCA is a good start to reforming care

The American Health Care Act will lower costs for everyone while caring for the most vulnerable in our communities.


Obamacare premiums rise as insurers fret over law’s future

Health insurers are asking for sharp increases in the cost of their Obamacare plans next year, thanks to instability in the law’s coverage markets that’s been compounded by the Trump …


Retail woes drag takeover premiums to lowest level since 2008

The retail trends that are keeping U.S. shoppers away from malls are also putting a damper on deal-making. The number of mergers involving apparel, shoes and jewelry dropped 12 percent …


Steven Pearlstein: Difficult tradeoffs in Obamacare repeal

Apparently Trump is unaware that the man he has tapped to dismantle Obamacare, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, wants to steer us all into such “high deductible” insurance plans, with …


Froma Harrop: Health care before reform was crazy

Clinton would let Americans ages 55 to 64 buy in to Medicare. She should keep moving down the age ladder until everyone’s getting Medicare – and America has one efficient …


Analysis: Health insurance premium hikes may carry heft at polls

It was ostensibly the news Senate and House Republicans had been waiting for: Two weeks before Election Day, the public gets word that the average premium in Obama’s health insurance …


Kreidler earns support; yes on SJR 8210

The final two Spokesman-Review endorsements cover the insurance commissioner’s race and a simple housekeeping measure related to redistricting. Insurance Commissioner. When full-scale implementation of the Affordable Care Act occurred, Insurance …


Idaho insurers plan to raise premiums

Idaho health insurers say they want to raise premiums an average of 27 percent next year because they are losing money.


Editorial Roundup: Health insurance bull still not tamed

Health insurance companies selling individual policies in Washington are seeking to increase their rates by an average of 13.5 percent in 2017


Premiums for family health plans hit $15,745

WASHINGTON — It sounds like good news: Annual premiums for job-based family health plans went up only 4 percent this year. But hang on to your wallets. Premiums averaged $15,745, …