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November 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Health-care prices: Real costs are tied to the rate of reimbursement

The solution to transparency in health-care pricing would be solved in totality if the insurance companies were required to publish their “negotiated” rates to all providers [“State should follow Everett Clinic’s lead and create transparency in health-care prices,” Opinion, Nov. 3].  Without that information, institutional and office pricing rates are of limited value. Of course,…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: health care, insurance, Linda van Hoff

August 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Mental health: Insurance rules too restrictive for bipolar disorder

Monday’s guest column by Linea Johnson that “Mental illness is not the end” [Opinion, Aug. 18] is an example of a person who has managed to function with her bipolar illness and to embrace her “disability.” The truth is, patients with mental illness, especially a chronic and long-term illness like bipolar have a very difficult…


Comments | Topics: insurance, linea johnson, mental health

May 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Health-care costs: List pricing to make marketplace more competitive

Another step in fixing our broken health-care system was taken when the Everett Clinic began listing the “retail prices” for the basic procedures [“Everett Clinic starts listing some ‘retail’ prices online,” Local News, May 22]. Hospital procedure pricing lists would help create an open marketplace within the health-services industry, which would greatly benefit patients….


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: costs, Elliot Jarvimaki, Everett Clinic

May 1, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Everest: Create higher payouts for Sherpas killed while working

The article about local charity efforts to raise funds to benefit the families of 16 Sherpas killed in an Everest climbing accident exposes troubling attitudes about the value of Nepali lives [“Many here work to help families of Sherpas killed on Everest,” Local News, April 24]. Currently, the mandatory life insurance payout for each…


Comments | More in Climbing | Topics: climbing, Everest, insurance

April 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Oso mudslide: Some mudslide insurance help available

As victims of the catastrophic landslide in Oso start rebuilding their lives, many face the additional calamity of having no insurance for the loss of their homes [“Slide erased their homes, but maybe not their loans,” Local News, April 1]. Losses from landslides are not covered by typical homeowner’s insurance. But there may be…


Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Arthur Zeizel, FEMA, flood

September 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM

The Affordable Care Act

Self responsibility First, let me say that I believe that The Times did a wonderful job of explaining the Affordable Care Act. [“Insuring health: Navigating your way through the Affordable Care Act,” Section J, Sept. 22.] With today’s political parties playing fast and loose with the facts, your insert was absolutely necessary. To the Army veteran,…


Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, emergency room, insurance

August 18, 2013 at 6:47 AM

Washington falling short of Obamacare’s goals

Include managed-care plans Dr. Ricardo Jimenez, medical director of Sea Mar Community Health Centers, highlights a significant deficiency in the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange. [“Guest column: Falling short of Obamacare’s goals,” Opinion, Aug. 15.] The exclusion of Medicaid managed-care plans will hurt people currently receiving health care under these plans. If these plans do not meet…


Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, insurance, managed care

August 7, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Health care for Congress continues to be subsidized

Members of Congress are selfish Congress members, our national group of elected men and women, are still thinking of themselves as “the elite.” [“Fix to keep government paying Congress’ health premiums,” News, Aug. 3.] They want to continue being subsidized at 75 percent of their health-care premiums and their staffs’ health-care premiums, by us taxpayers, even…


Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Congress, health care

July 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Seeking young people for health care

New law is self-defeating Your article points out that signing up healthy, young adults is “crucial to the success” of the new federal health-care law. [“Blazing the trail for health-care enrollment,” page one, July 28.] The law is self-defeating, since the center of the law requires that insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions be covered. Why should the…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, health care, insurance

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