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March 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Urban League co-hosts Seattle health-insurance signup Saturday

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is urging people to sign up for health insurance, with an event Saturday at the Miller Community Center. The organization, one of the leading groups in the African-American community, is trying to boost insurance coverage among African Americans in King County, who are more than twice as likely to be…


Comments | Topics: Urban League, Washington Healthplanfinder

November 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Oregon’s insurance website has enrolled no one

By The Associated Press PORTLAND — The board of Oregon’s health-insurance exchange has put its executive director on notice, demanding to know when the website will work and how Cover Oregon will get people enrolled by the end of the year. Board members held an executive session Thursday to discuss Rocky King’s performance and then passed resolutions…


Comments | Topics: Cover Oregon, insurance website, Oregon

November 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Ask questions, sign up for health insurance Saturday in Kent

If you’re considering signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and would rather talk to a human being than deal only with a website, an event Saturday in Kent could be of help. Experts from Public Health – Seattle & King County and other organizations will answer questions about insurance plans and financial…


Comments | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Kent, Washington Heathplanfinder

October 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Ask health-insurance questions, sign up Saturday in Bellevue

If you live on the Eastside and want to learn more about possibly buying health-insurance coverage on the state’s new exchange, Saturday presents a good opportunity. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crossroads Bellevue mall, staff known as “assisters” will be on hand to help you compare coverage plans, determine eligibility for subsidies, or…


Comments | Topics: Crossroads Mall, insurance exchange, Public Health - Seattle & King County

October 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Idaho insurance exchange official quits as his company wins contract — from the exchange

Here’s a story of out of Idaho about a board member of that state’s health-insurance exchange whose company got a no-bid contract from — wait for it — the health-insurance exchange. Nice work if you can get it? Oh, he quit the exchange the same day the exchange awarded his company the contract worth up to…


Comments | Topics: Frank Chan, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Idaho

October 11, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Get your insurance questions answered Saturday in Lake Forest Park

Those wanting to talk to a real, live human being about finding insurance on the Washington state exchange can attend an event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Lake Forest Park. For many, this might prove easier than going online. Help will be on hand at Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way, N.E. Public Health…


Comments | Topics: insurance exchange, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Third Place Commons

October 10, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Dental care for adults on Medicaid to restart Jan. 1

Dental care for adults on Medicaid, cut during the state’s fiscal crisis, will be restored as of Jan. 1, according to the state’s Health Care Authority. Adults enrolling in Apple Health/Medicaid under the new, higher-income eligibility rules that go into effect Jan. 1 as part of the Affordable Care Act will qualify for care as well…


Comments | Topics: Apple Health, dental care, Medicaid

September 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Your ACA questions answered at North Seattle church this weekend

Are you still trying to figure out what the Affordable Care Act will mean for you? As the online marketplace or health-insurance exchange gets ready to open next Tuesday for those looking to buy individual coverage, you likely have questions. Here are the basics, 20 things to know about the Affordable Care Act, one of several pieces that…


Comments | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Wedgwood Community Church