Healthcare

Oregon Healthcare
6:05 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Kitzhaber Beefs Up Cover Oregon Staffing

Governor John Kitzhaber announced Friday that a hundred more part-time workers will be added to Oregon's health insurance exchange.
Credit Orna Izakson / Wikimedia Commons

Governor John Kitzhaber announced Friday that a hundred more part-time workers will be added to Oregon's health insurance exchange.

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Pacific Tower Repurposing
6:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Terms And Cost Of Pacific Tower Lease Raise Questions

Pacific Tower is a 14-story former public hospital that the state plans to lease for 30 years for a health college and center for non-profits.
Credit Austin Jenkins

The state of Washington is about to make a major real estate decision that supporters say will transform healthcare training for the next generation. The deal has also been called “a nightmare.” We’re talking about a proposed lease of Seattle’s Pacific Tower - former headquarters of Amazon dot com. Powerful interests – including Washington’s Speaker of the House – want to turn the Seattle landmark into a training center for future health care workers and a hub for non-profits. But internal state agency documents raise serious questions about the terms and cost of the deal.

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Pacific Tower Government Cost
6:12 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Former Amazon Building Lease Could Cost Washington $270M Over 30 Years

Joe Mabel Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 9:20 am

It could cost the state of Washington more than $250 million over 30 years.to lease and operate the former headquarters of Amazon.com.

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Oregon Healthcare
4:50 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Thousands Curious About Cover Oregon

Thousands of Oregonians are beginning to check out the state's new health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.

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Washington Healthcare
4:15 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Inslee Says Healthcare Act Rollout Is On Track

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Credit Office Of The Governor

Despite Republican efforts to block the healthcare reform plan known as Obamacare, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee says he’s confident the plan is moving forward.

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Northwest Healthcare
5:20 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Health Exchange Call Center Opens In Spokane

Washington’s health exchange, the online market for health plans doesn’t open until October 1st. But people with questions can contact the exchange’s call center starting Tuesday. The Spokane based call center opened at 7:30 this morning.

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Northwest Healthcare
5:57 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Controversy Over State Role In Hospital Mergers

The state of Washington is just beginning the process of writing new rules to govern hospital mergers. But already there’s controversy over what role the state should play when religious health care providers propose to take over hospitals.

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Washington Healthcare
6:29 am
Mon December 3, 2012

State Agency Offering Help During Last Week Of Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment season ends Friday for those looking to change or sign onto a health program. A Washington state agency has open arms for those scrambling for insurance advice.

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Health Care Ruling
5:22 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

States Brace For Federal Health Care Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Franz Jantzen supremecourt.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court could rule any day now on the Constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul. The decision could have broad implications for state health care policies in the Northwest.

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Women's Healthcare
4:40 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Study: Health Insurers Charge Idaho Women Hundreds More Than Men

Women are being charged more for health insurance.
Photo courtesy of National Women's Law Center

A new nationwide study says Idaho has one of the widest gaps between how much money insurers charge men and women. The survey by the National Women’s Law Center found women pay around $700 more each year. The practice, known as “gender rating,” is banned under the health care overhaul now before the nation’s highest court.

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