Affordable Care Act

Insurance Commissioner Hearing
10:50 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Whistleblower In Children's Hospital Hearing Alleges Pressure In Ruling

If you have a dispute with a government agency, chances are, your complaint will go through a process called an administrative hearing. These hearings usually haven’t attracted public attention — until recently.

Last October, Seattle Children’s Hospital challenged the Office of Insurance Commissioner for allowing health plans to exclude providers like Children’s from their networks.

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Health Care
11:12 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Washington AG Puts Health Plans On Notice To Cover Same-Sex Spouses

File photo of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 2:58 pm

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is reminding employers they may not discriminate against same-sex spouses when it comes to health coverage.

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Affordable Care Act
11:04 am
Fri May 23, 2014

1 Million Texans Still Without Health Coverage

Terry Jordan, 56, is one of a million Texans affected by the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Carrie Feibel/KUHF)

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:26 pm

More than 700,000 Texans have signed up for a health plan through the online insurance marketplace. For that group, the Affordable Care Act appears to be working.

But an even larger number of Texans — one million or more — still have no access to affordable coverage because Texas officials opted out of a federal plan to expand Medicaid for the poorest adults.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Carrie Feibel of KUHF explains.

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White House Advisor
3:30 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

How To Make The Affordable Care Act Better

Credit Ezekiel Emanuel's book "Reinventing American Health Care."

Steve Scher talks to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel about his book “Reinventing American Health Care.”  Dr. Emanuel was previously a health care adviser to the White House.

Affordable Care Act
3:16 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Why Oregon's Health Exchange Website Failed

Credit Flickr Photo/Sara Westermark (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter and producer Kristian Foden-Vencil about  Oregon's troubled health exchange website, Cover Oregon.

Health Exchange
3:42 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

New Rule Promises 'No Surprises' From Health Insurance Plans

Credit Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler.

Marcie Sillman checks in with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler about a new rule that will mandate increased transparency for plans offered on the Washington state health exchange.

Affordable Care Act
8:17 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Candidates Jump On Cover Oregon's Troubles

The state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 5:01 pm

The finger-pointing is underway now that the state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

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Affordable Care Act
9:00 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Giving Up On Its Obamacare Exchange No Cure For Oregon's Ills

Oregon was an early adopter of the Affordable Care Act, and ran a series of ads encouraging all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance. But their website never became fully functional.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 3:45 pm

Oregon has been "all in" on health reform. Its embrace of the Affordable Care Act includes a very successful Medicaid expansion, a $2 billion federal experiment to show the state can save money by managing patients' care better, and, of course, the state's own online marketplace to sell Obamacare insurance.

But that last point has been a huge problem.

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Local Recipient
8:44 am
Fri April 25, 2014

White House Honors Community Health Enrollment 'Champions'

Teresita Batayola was honored at the White House Thursday for her outreach efforts in health care enrollment.
Credit Courtesy of International Community Health Services

This week the White House honored community heroes for their work in educating and signing up Asian American and Pacific Island residents for health care.

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Health Care Enrollment
8:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

About 600,000 Washington Residents Enrolled Through Health Exchange

Washington's health exchange used ads featuring a fictitious rap duo to get the word out during open enrollment.
Courtesy of Washington Healthplanfinder

State and local officials are celebrating the robust number of people who signed up for health care through Washington’s exchange over the open enrollment period.

Between last October through the end of March, more than 164,000 Washington residents bought private health plans through the state exchange. In addition, more than 423,000 people got coverage through Washington Apple Health, the state’s Medicaid program. 

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Affordable Care Act
3:06 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Challenges Of Medicaid Expansion

Credit Flickr Photo/kindagetmego

Steve Scher talks with Washington state Medicaid Director MaryAnne Lindeblad about how the state plans to accommodate more than 250,000 newly enrolled residents who qualified for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Troubled Reform Rollout
4:25 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her post after serving for five years.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:35 pm

Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.

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Affordable Care Act
7:46 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Health Reform May Free People From 'Job Lock'

Christine Lange quit her job earlier this year to pursue her dream to start a small business. She said the Affordable Care Act made that possible.
Credit Courtesy of Christine Lange

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to give access to people who currently don’t have health insurance.

Supporters see another benefit — to give people who dream of quitting their day jobs for a chance to become an entrepreneur.

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Affordable Care Act
2:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What To Do If You Still Don't Have Health Insurance

Credit Flickr Photo/Subconsci Productions (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Richard Onizuka, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, about what people can do if they missed the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance.

The Week In Review
4:02 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Slow SPD Reform, Health Care Milestone, And The Mariners Start Strong

The Seattle Mariners kicked off their season on March 31.
Credit Flickr Photo/Dinur Blum (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Knute Berger of Crosscut and Seattle Magazine, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News and associate editor Eli Sanders of The Stranger.

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