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How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

Democrats and Republicans actually agree on many solutions when it comes to stabilizing markets and preventing premium increases. Rather than wasting time on issues that divide us, we should prioritize finding common ground and moving the ball in the right direction.

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump told Time magazine recently that “in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care.” Not really. Among the president’s more questionable claims was his description of the House-passed health bill as “You’re going to have absolute coverage.” The last full estimate from the Congressional Budget Office predicted that a previous version of the bill would result in 24 million fewer people with insurance after 10 years.

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

As the American Health Care Act moves toward the Senate, many people around the country are reacting to it. Among them, people with preexisting conditions who worry about losing their coverage.

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Learn how to avoid falling victim to fraud at free event on Feb. 15

Learn how to avoid falling victim to fraud at free event on Feb. 15

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner and AARP are hosting a free event in Puyallup on Feb. 15 where people can learn ways to avoid becoming victims of fraud. Seating is limited and registration is required. Free breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by presentations and free Medicare counseling. The event wraps up at […]

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
White House pulls ads encouraging people to enroll for ACA health insurance

White House pulls ads encouraging people to enroll for ACA health insurance

The political news website Politico reports that the Trump administration has pulled the plug on all Obamacare outreach and advertising in the crucial final days of the 2017 enrollment season. Even ads that had already been placed and paid for have been pulled, sources within the Department of Health and Humans Services told the website. […]

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

By Richard Harris, NPR News Kaiser Health News The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive. Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught […]

December 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
ACA open enrollment is here: 5 tips for consumers shopping for marketplace health plans

ACA open enrollment is here: 5 tips for consumers shopping for marketplace health plans

By Sara R. Collins Originally published by the Commonwealth Fund Open enrollment for health insurance sold through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces begins today. People have until January 31 to enroll in a health plan, but will need to sign up by December 15 for coverage that begins on January 1. Here are five things […]

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington exchange plans to rise 8% on average for 2017

Washington exchange plans to rise 8% on average for 2017

Premiums for the benchmark plans offered on Washington state’s health insurance exchange for next year will rise 8% on average, officials at the Washington Healthplanfinder said Wednesday. The increase is far less than the 25% average increase seen across the exchanges seen in the 38 states offering plans through Healthcare.gov, Enrollment through the exchanges, which were […]

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World In Data

Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World In Data

The US stands out as an outlier: the US spends far more on health than any other country, yet the life expectancy of the American population is not longer but actually shorter than in other countries that spend far less. Source: Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier – Our World […]

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
President Trump wouldn’t have to wait for Congress to undo much of the health law

President Trump wouldn’t have to wait for Congress to undo much of the health law

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republicans have been vowing for six years now to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They have voted to do so dozens of times, despite knowing any measures would be vetoed by President Barack Obama. But if elected, a President Donald Trump wouldn’t have to wait for lawmakers to once […]

October 8, 2016 | By | Reply More