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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…

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0 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,…

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0 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…

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0 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…

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0 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…

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

July 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Hospital CEO salaries based on volume, not value

CEOs should not benefit from doctors’ work As retired physician, I was shocked at the salaries paid to hospital CEOs, which were discussed in the recent article in The Seattle Times. [“Hospitals reward CEOs for profits over care,” page one, June 30.] In general, these excessive salaries and bonuses appear to be tied primarily to profit…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Politics | Topics: CEO, cost, economy

June 25, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Wide variety in hospital prices in common treatments

Much of the disparity has to do with insurance coverage The Times article on differing hospital charges for similar procedures omitted a significant reason for the disparity in pricing. [“Hospital prices vary wildly for common treatments,” NW Sunday, June 23.] The posted charge for a procedure is the retail price. This means while insurance carriers with…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: health care, hospital prices, insurance