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HealthCare Checkup

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

Topic: Medicare

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October 22, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Aetna deal promises more affordable, better health care in Puget Sound

Insurance giant Aetna on Thursday announced that it had struck a deal with four well-known networks of doctors, clinics and hospitals to provide what it says will be more affordable, higher quality care in the Puget Sound area.

Participants include The Polyclinic, Providence-Swedish Health Alliance, Rainier Health Network and Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed). Seattle Children’s Hospital is included in all four networks.

The arrangements follow an increasingly popular health care model known as accountable care organizations, or ACOs. In ACOs or ACO-like systems a network of providers contracts with an insurance company, government program such as Medicare or Medicaid, or directly with an employer.

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Comments | Topics: Accountable Care Organizations, health insurance, Medicare

October 13, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Medicare Advantage, drug plan enrollments start Oct. 15

Open enrollment for Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug coverage (Part D) begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. “Many Medicare plans are changing again this year,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler in a press release. “Open enrollment is the time to shop for the best plan that meets your needs.” The state offers free assistance…

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August 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

You and the Affordable Care Act: What you need to know

Welcome to HealthCare Checkup, a new blog intended to get us all better acquainted with the Affordable Care Act. We’ll keep you updated on health-insurance changes in Washington state and around the country that could affect you. We’re pretty sure you’ve got questions about the federal health-care overhaul. Here, in just a few words — and a short…

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