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  • Democrat plan prevails

    OLYMPIA – As several hundred protesters chanted about corporate greed and demanded tax increases, House budget writers gathered to decide which of two plans they would endorse to cut billions …


  • Clinics face crisis, CHAS chief says

    Looming state budget cuts threaten to unravel a network of Spokane health clinics that treat the region’s poorest people. Peg Hopkins, executive director of the Community Health Association of Spokane, …


  • Caldwell: ‘Immoral’ cuts shine light on economic reality

    Gov. Chris Gregoire did the moral and immoral in a single turn last week: She released a balanced budget for the 2011-’13 biennium. The 40-page summation is moral in that …


  • Medical officials decry plans to cut Basic Health

    Health care executives say looming state budget cuts threaten to push thousands more people into the ranks of the uninsured and further strain the region’s clinics and hospitals. The worries …


  • Basic Health budget cuts don’t reflect plan’s intent

    When government can’t cover all citizens with a particular benefit or service, it generally invokes a “means test,” whereby a line is drawn based on income. Those below the line …


  • State raising rates on health coverage

    OLYMPIA – State health officials said Monday they’ve found a way to skirt one of the Legislature’s most heart-rending budget dilemmas: how to yank health coverage from tens of thousands …


  • State to hike rates on low-income health care plan

    OLYMPIA _ State health officials said Monday that they’ve found a way to skirt one of the Legislature’s most heart-rending budget dilemmas: how to yank health coverage from tens of …

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