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The Seattle Times health-care team tracks the local impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Category: General News
January 9, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Seahawks Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman push Obamacare signups

The push to get more Washington residents health insurance scored big time with a new public service announcement featuring Seahawks star players Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman. The PSA being released Friday is a no-frills, 30-second production in which Wilson and Sherman make the case for getting health insurance and urge people to act…


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December 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Another glitch afflicts an estimated 6,000 health exchange customers

About 6,000 enrollments in health plans offered by the Washington Healthplanfinder insurance exchange were improperly canceled because of an error, according to the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which manages the exchange. “Early analysis indicates that our system integrator, Deloitte, ran an automated enrollment cancellation process in error,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO of the exchange, in…


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November 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

State strips Speedos, rap artists from new insurance ad campaign

New ad promoting the Washington Healthplanfinder exchange. Gone from this year’s health-insurance ad campaign are the faux rap artists, backyard raccoon attacks and moustachioed man suspended by his turquoise Speedo. The controversial insurance exchange ads that some deemed offensive are being replaced this year with a new campaign that still aims to be…


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November 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Washington Healthplanfinder back up after on-and-off service

UPDATE, Monday, 6:30 a.m. | The Washington Healthplanfinder site was down Sunday night to Monday morning while the Department of Social and Health Services did weekly maintenance to their eligibility service, said Bethany Frey, spokeswoman for the Washington Healthplanfinder. “This was not any type of a glitch or outage,” Frey said. ORIGINAL…


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August 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Oracle sues Oregon over health exchange fiasco

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oracle Corp. is suing Oregon in a continuing fiasco over the state’s health insurance exchange, saying Oregon is continuing to use the technology company’s software despite $23 million in disputed bills. Oracle’s breach-of-contract lawsuit against Cover Oregon was filed Friday in federal court in Portland. It alleges that state officials repeatedly promised…


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July 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

King County Public Health chief stepping down

Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King  County, has resigned, effective Aug. 11. In a statement, Fleming, 60, said his “personal plans and needs” don’t allow him to make the long-term leadership commitment the agency now requires. Fleming, who has led Public Health for seven years, recently endured severe budget…


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