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Washington state’s U.S. senators were busy Tuesday. Senator Patty Murray helped strike a bipartisan deal to avoid President Donald Trump's recently announced cuts to health insurance subsidies. 

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Opponents of the Republican health care bill are taking actions to keep it from passing. The bill includes things like limiting money for Medicaid--the program that helps low-income people pay for medical services.

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The healthcare bill revealed by Senate Republicans today would limit Medicaid spending, among other things. That's one reason Washington's insurance chief is calling the measure "very problematic".

The Democratic governors of Washington and Oregon are condemning the Republican vote in the U.S. Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Northwest lawmakers reacted Friday to the canceled vote on the Congressional Bill that would have replaced the Affordable Care Act. House GOP leaders pulled the bill just before the vote when it became clear that it didn't have enough votes to pass. 

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Oregon Rep. Greg Walden told Republican activists Saturday that he’s close to producing a bill that will serve as his party’s chief vehicle for replacing the Affordable Care Act.

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Oregonians worried about what the Trump Administration is going to do to the Affordable Care Act were offered hope today by the state’s only Republican congressman, Greg Walden. 

Hundreds Rally In Eugene To Support ACA

Feb 27, 2017
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Senator Jeff Merkley held a rally Saturday on the Lane Community College campus in Eugene in support of the Affordable Care Act. The rally was part of a national day of action by democratic leaders.

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Tomorrow is the last day to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear what’s going to happen with the law, but more Oregonians have signed up this year than all previous years.

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The sign up period for the Washington State Health plan is underway, and a spokesman says despite plans by the Trump administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, it’s very unlikely coverage will change in 2017, or even the following year.

Idaho will remain among the 19 states resisting a key provision of Obamacare. The Idaho Legislature adjourned Friday without agreement on whether to explore an expansion of the Medicaid program.

The share of Oregonians and Washingtonians without health insurance has dropped dramatically under Obamacare. The uninsured rate is now at a historic low in the West Coast states.

Idaho has missed out on that trend, largely because the state until now has refused to expand Medicaid eligibility on the federal dime. Idaho's Republican-controlled legislature was teetering Friday on whether to end its holdout.

Oregon Considers Dumping Health Website

Apr 24, 2014
Cover Oregon

Oregon got more than $300 million from the feds to set up a state-of-the-art website to enroll people in health insurance. About $250 million has already been spent and Cover Oregon thinks it may cost another $78 million to fix the current website that has never been fully functional. 

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

Feb 24, 2014

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country. Even though Idaho politicians regularly condemn Obamacare, Idahoans are signing up at one of the highest per capita rates in the country – second only to Vermont.

Oregon's Obamacare health insurance exchange is finally getting some traction after a shaky beginning.

Head Of Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Takes Medical Leave

Dec 2, 2013

The director of the Oregon Health Authority will take temporary control of the embattled health insurance exchange. Since Cover Oregon was supposed to start enrolling new customers on Oct. 1, Rocky King has faced substantial criticism.

Oregonians Can Keep Health Insurance

Nov 15, 2013
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Oregon’s insurance commissioner is giving insurance companies the option to extend their health plans through the end of next year, even if they don't comply with the federal health care law.

Slow Start, Mixed Bag For Health Care Law In The Northwest

Nov 13, 2013
Washington Health Benefit Exchange

The first numbers on enrollment under the new health care law confirm a slow start and mixed results in Northwest states. In Idaho, 338 people have signed up for health insurance that will start January 1. Washington's health exchange has enrolled 7,091 people. Oregon, meanwhile, comes up blank in the new federal report.

U.S. Senate

Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley Wednesday signed on to legislation to allow people to keep their current insurance plans under the new federal health care law. It's the latest example of how the Affordable Care Act could be a hot topic in next year’s election.

Northwest News Network

Election year tensions erupted at Washington’s latest quarterly revenue forecast. At the center of the partisan flare-up Wednesday was former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi. He’s been appointed to finish out a vacancy in the Washington senate.