Topic: Washington Healthplanfinder
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October 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Saturday Memo: Bill Russell arrested … Pickets at the grocery store? … Car show in Seattle, health-care signup in Bellevue
Weather: It’s nice. Once the fog clears, forecasters say it will be sunny and in the upper 50s — and just that nice for a few days … or so they say. More details? Here’s the forecast.
Bill Russell arrested at Sea-Tac: NBA legend (a term that is overused, but not here) Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after officials said they found a loaded gun in his luggage. Russell, 79, was arrested as he attempted to go through security. The former Celtics player and coach — and coach of the Sonics — has lived in the Seattle area for years.
Grocery-store checkout? Thousands of grocery workers workers in the area gave notice last night that they will strike if a new labor deal is not reached by 7 p.m. Monday. About 21,000 workers for Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Safeway and QFC stores in King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Mason counties would take part. If the strike goes into effect, workers in those counties will picket outside stores. Read more of reporter Amy Martinez’s coverage.
UW plays Arizona State: The Huskies (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) are in Arizona to play the Sun Devils (4-2, 2-1) this afternoon. Both teams will work to take another step toward the top of the Pac-12 football heap. Read reporter Adam Jude’s preview and come back to seattletimes.com at 2 p.m. to chat live with fellow fans and view team stats, photos and more in our Husky GameCenter. The game can be seen at 3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
Auto show: See how the other half lives, or how you want to, at the auto show. New cars, rare cars, new technologies, and so on. The event, at CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental S., in Seattle, runs through tomorrow. Find out more.
Health insurance info and signup: It’s no car show, but at events over the past few weekends, turnouts have been pretty strong as people in the area try to find out if new insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act might be for them. Today, at Crossroads Bellevue shopping center, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., people will be on hand to answer your questions, help you compare coverage plans and learn whether you are eligible for subsidies. The event is sponsored by Public Health – Seattle & King County. Please read more here to see what information you should bring with you about your income, etc. You can just ask questions, or ask questions and sign up. Translators will be available for those whose first language is not English.
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September 20, 2013 at 7:28 AM
Weather: Nice this morning, and the high will be around 70. But rain is coming later today and will stay the weekend. Likely soggy for football, for the 3-Day Komen walk, and for at least some of the last weekend of the Washington State Fair. Too bad. But too early in the rainy season to be a deal-breaker, right? The forecast.
Don’t get fooled: Staff reporter Erik Lacitis looks at scammers taking advantage of the hot rental market. They pose as landlords (grabbing onto the identities of real landlords) on sites such as Craigslist, and offer to rent out properties they don’t even own. They grab the money and run. A man who recently moved to Seattle says he lost about $3,500 to such a scheme.
Don’t get fooled again: Officials and consumer groups are warning consumers not to be fooled by a website similar to the official Washington Healthplanfinder, the state online exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act to help people find individual insurance plans. The real, official site: http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/. The name of the other site — again, not the official one — spells out “Washington.” The insurance brokerage that runs the non-official site says it’s on the up and up. But Michael Marchand, director of communications for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, said he worries about the potential for confusion. “We are aware of this particular website and we have forwarded it on to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner for investigation,” he said. “We are the only official Affordable Care Act-compliant health-insurance marketplace for the state, and we’re the only place where you get tax credits or subsidies.” Read more of our story on the dueling websites, and how this happened.
Amanda Knox: In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show, Amanda Knox defends her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial in the 2007 killing of her British roommate. Lauer asked Knox if she worried that she would appear to be admitting guilt by not attending the trial. Answered Knox, “I look at it as an admission of innocence, to be quite honest.”
I want what I want: At Seattle’s University Village, people with time, money and an inability to wait, have been lined up overnight outside the Apple store. They want to be among the first to get the iPhone 5c and 5s. Read what Jeff Carlson, who writes the Practical Mac column, has to say about the new models.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day Seattle: The walk to raise money for breast-cancer research and services started this morning in Seattle. As the crowd in pink moves around Seattle and the Eastside this weekend, make room and, if you wish, cheer on their fight.
How to remember M’s owner Hiroshi Yamauchi: Columnist Jerry Brewer writes about Yamauchi, the man who saved the Mariners, and says, “Applaud that he put his money on the line when no one else would in Seattle. Celebrate that he gave us the opportunity to bicker about everything that this franchise is not, but remember what the Mariners are — yours.” Read more.
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