Small business owners: SHOP coverage is now available online at HealthCare.gov.
- See if you qualify for the SHOP Marketplace
- See if you qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
- View 2015 SHOP plans and prices in your area
Start your SHOP application
- Visit the small business employer’s page on HealthCare.gov
- Learn more about how to enroll with this step-by-step guide
Need help? You can contact a SHOP-registered agent or broker in your area or call 1-800-706-7893 (TTY: 711), Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm ET.
Although all hospitals in the state are making plans to rapidly identify, isolate and safely evaluate people with suspected Ebola, eight hospitals are preparing to care for a person with Ebola for the duration of the illness.
- CHI Franciscan Health (Harrison Medical Center – Bremerton campus),
- MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital,
- Providence Regional Medical Center Everett,
- Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Spokane,
- Seattle Children’s Hospital,
- Swedish Medical Center (Issaquah),
- Virginia Mason Hospital, and
- UW Medicine (Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Valley Medical Center)
“The chance of a confirmed case of Ebola in Washington is very low, but in the event it happens we want to be sure we have the capacity to provide ongoing care to a patient,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, state Health Officer. “Patients with Ebola can become critically ill and require intensive care therapy. Care needs to be delivered using strict infection control practices. We are working with each of the committed hospitals to ensure we are coordinated and thorough in our response.” Continue reading
By Michelle Andrews
Earlier this month, Arizona voters approved a referendum that allows terminally ill patients to receive experimental drugs and devices. It’s the fifth state to approve a “right-to-try” law this year.
Supporters say the laws give dying patients faster access to potentially life-saving therapies than the Food and Drug Administration’s existing “expanded-access” program, often referred to as “compassionate use.”
Supporters say the laws give dying patients faster access to potentially life-saving therapies. Critics charge such ‘right-to-try” acts are feel-good laws that don’t address some of the real reasons patients may not receive experimental treatments.
The legislatures in Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan and Missouri also passed right-to-try laws this year as part of a nationwide effort spearheaded by the conservative Goldwater Institute, which hopes to get right-to-try laws on the books in all 50 states.
The measures generally permit a patient to get access to an experimental drug after it’s passed through phase 1 of a clinical trial, the initial testing in which a drug is given to a small group of people to evaluate its safety and side effects. Continue reading
Naloxone kits for treating opioid overdoses are now available at a number of pharmacies in Snohomish County.
These kits are available just by asking the pharmacists, there is no need to see a doctor to obtain a prescription.The cost of the kits is around $125.
Pharmacists will provide education to those being given a Naloxone kit on how to use it and when to use it.
In 2013 there were 86 opioid drug overdoses in Snohomish County, and 580 within Washington State.
The availability of naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan) could potentially cut down on deaths due to heroin and prescription opioid drugs (morphine, oxycodone/OxyContin, methadone, hydrocodone/Vicodin, and codeine). Continue reading
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By Phil Galewitz and Anna Gorman
A Los Angeles furniture store worker who had never had health insurance enrolled in a plan for $75 a month that will cover both him and his son.
An unemployed accountant in Charlotte, N.C., who tried and failed to sign up last year found coverage for $11.75 a month.
A self-employed house contractor from West Palm Beach, Fla., found a health plan that will cost him nothing.
They were among more than 100,000 Americans who signed up for coverage Saturday through the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchanges, which launched this weekend with far fewer problems and less fanfare than last year.
Many people qualified for federal subsidies that kept their monthly premiums well under $100.
“The vast majority of people coming to the site were able to get on and do what they were intending to do,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press, adding that 500,000 people had signed onto the website.
By most accounts, the federal marketplace that handles enrollment for 37 states ran smoothly — a far cry from last year’s disastrous rollout that turned www.healthcare.gov into an embarrassment for President Barack Obama, spurred several staff departures and made the site virtually unusable for two months. Continue reading
Obama urges Americans to sign up for health insurance:
“From November 15 to February 15, Americans across the country can sign up for a plan at HealthCare.gov and join the 8 million Americans who got covered last year. Need coverage? Go to HealthCare.gov to get started. Already covered? This is where you want to be. Share the facts and meet the faces of health care, then commit to get your friend, family member, or someone you know covered for 2015.”
Washington Healthplanfinder is back up and running after an opening day glitch caused some visitors to receive incorrect tax credit amounts.
The site was taken offline to address the problem, which is now fixed, Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, said in a statement this morning.
“We have identified fewer than 800 customers who had their eligibility determined incorrectly and less than 150 hundred customers who scheduled payment. We will be contacting each person to provide them with their accurate tax credit amount,” Onizuka said.