health reform http://www.kplu.org en 'Staggering' rate hike under Obamacare no longer likely http://www.kplu.org/post/staggering-rate-hike-under-obamacare-no-longer-likely <p><iframe marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=217622441554195369173.0004dca2c3670113038dd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=49.639177,-120.344238&amp;spn=4.980915,9.667969&amp;z=6&amp;iwloc=0004dca76b23e3ef2bc16&amp;output=embed" frameborder="0" height="350" scrolling="no" width="440"></iframe><em><small><a href="http://www.kplu.org/node/8779">View full-size map</a></small></em></p><p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:28:13 +0000 Martha Kang & Keith Seinfeld 8777 at http://www.kplu.org Small businesses in Washington lose out on subsidized health plans http://www.kplu.org/post/small-businesses-washington-lose-out-subsidized-health-plans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Small businesses in Washington state will not be able to participate in the new health care law, because not enough insurance companies were willing to sell them coverage.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The biggest part of Pres. Barack Obama’s new health care law is aimed at people with no health insurance. Starting this fall, they’ll be able to buy individual health policies from an online system where they can compare prices. It's also where you can get subsidies for insurance. In Washington state, it's called <a href="http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/" target="_blank">Washington HealthPlan Finde</a><a href="http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/" target="_blank">r</a>.</p><p>If you work for a business with fewer than 50 employees, the law says your employer has the option of getting insurance for low and middle-income workers—with subsidies. That won’t happen in Washington, at least not on time.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 23:51:14 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8742 at http://www.kplu.org Small businesses in Washington lose out on subsidized health plans Obamacare coming to life in state; eyebrows rise over funding http://www.kplu.org/post/obamacare-coming-life-state-eyebrows-rise-over-funding <p>Far from the campaign trail, President Obama’s health-care law is chugging toward implementation in Washington state. A new agency is emerging, with a new name –&nbsp;and some questions about how to fund it.</p><p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:20:02 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6839 at http://www.kplu.org Obamacare coming to life in state; eyebrows rise over funding Hospitals, other providers welcome ruling, look forward to more paying customers http://www.kplu.org/post/hospitals-other-providers-welcome-ruling-look-forward-more-paying-customers <p>Health-care providers in Washington are in the midst of changes that will speed up now that the federal health law has been sustained. The ruling was welcome news to hospitals, doctors and many others in the medical field.</p><p>They&#39;re especially glad nearly everyone will have health insurance. That&rsquo;s been one of the big challenges in the current health system. People get sick and go to the hospital, even if they can&rsquo;t afford it.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 02:14:42 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5436 at http://www.kplu.org Even without health law, some reforms will stay, predicts former Obama official http://www.kplu.org/post/even-without-health-law-some-reforms-will-stay-predicts-former-obama-official <p>A controversial former Obama health-care administrator was in Seattle this week, speaking to 1,000 people about what can be learned from medical mistakes--saying patient safety should be an ethical imperative . Wed, 02 May 2012 17:27:04 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4910 at http://www.kplu.org Obama’s chief defender of health care law in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/obama%E2%80%99s-chief-defender-health-care-law-seattle <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-951403.mp3</p><p>Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen <span>Sebelius</span> was in Seattle this week, to hear about local efforts to make the medical system more efficient.</p><p>Sebelius is in charge of implementing the new national health care law – and defending it. The Affordable Care Act has been under fierce attack by Republicans and their allies. Democrats and their supporters <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/07/AR2011020706262.html?hpid=moreheadlines&amp;sid=ST2011020706343">recently hired political strategists to launch a campaign in defense</a> of the law.</p><p>At the same time, Sebelius has been trying to sell it across the country, alongside sympathetic mayors and governors.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 01:08:10 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 754 at http://www.kplu.org Obama’s chief defender of health care law in Seattle