Healthcare

Premiums Rise at Big Insurers, Fall at Small Rivals Under Health Law

That is the picture emerging from proposed 2015 insurance rates in the 10 states that have completed their filings, which stretch from Rhode Island to Washington state. In all but one of them, the largest health insurer in the state is proposing to increase premiums between 8.5% and 22.8% for next year.

Health Exchange Premium Rates to Go Up Almost 10%

Health Benefit Exchange (HBE) Advisory Committee members were not happy to hear that individual health plan premium rates in the HBE are expected to go up almost 10% on average in 2015. The Committee held its monthly meeting on June 5th in Olympia.

U.S. Veterans Health Probe Confirms Cover-Up of Care Delays

Calls for U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign grew louder on Wednesday as the agency's inspector general confirmed "systemic" and widespread VA scheduling abuses to cover up long wait times for veterans' healthcare.

Another Delay in Health Law’s Employer Requirement

Angling to avoid political peril, the Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.

Angling to avoid political peril, the Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.

Intriguing Health-Insurance Idea: Allow Cheaper ‘Catastrophic’ Policies From Other States

House Republicans are offering a most-intriguing idea that could bridge the gap between President Obama’s backtracking and the realities of the insurance marketplace. Last November, public furor swelled when it became clear that a central promise of Obamacare somehow got forgotten, somewhere along the line — that if you liked your current health-insurance policy, you could keep it. Obama allowed state insurance commissioners to reinstate last year’s policies, though it was a bit late to unring the bell, and Washington’s Mike Kreidler was having none of it. Now House Republicans have another idea — are suggesting that Washington allow lower-cost catastrophic health plans from other states to be offered here.

My Obamacare Cancellation

'Applauding Mike Kreidler and Seething at a President I Helped Elect.'

While Feds Conduct a ‘National Damage Control Tour,’ State Health Exchange Tour Celebrates a Website that Works — Except When the Feds Shut It Down Again

On Sunday it was at the Farmers Market in Olympia. The colorful trailer and information booths looked sharp, and computers and assistors were available for those who wanted to fill out applications, but the feds even ruined that. Later in the day the state website went down and according to state exchange staff the problem was at the federal level where the information systems connect.