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UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Health insurers request 22 percent premium increases in Washington for 2018

Insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler said uncertainly over the future of the Affordable Care Act is likely contributing to higher rate increases.


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:01 a.m.

Meth, often mixed with opioids, leads spike in Spokane County drug overdose deaths

Spokane police haven’t busted a methamphetamine lab in at least three years, almost the same amount of time Breaking Bad and its methamphetamine-cooking protagonist have been off the air. But …


Increase in syphilis cases concerns Spokane health officials

Rates of syphilis infection are climbing across the U.S. and in Spokane County, drawing concern from public health officials.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Idaho reports most flu deaths since 2000

The current flu season is the worst in nearly two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.


Opioid overdose deaths in Spokane County up 78 percent last year

The number of people dying from opioid overdoses spiked in Spokane County in 2015, new data from the Washington Department of Health shows.


Interest spikes in long-acting birth control following presidential election, threat to Obamacare

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, which operates a dozen clinics in Eastern Washington, saw a 76 percent increase in appointments seeking a long-acting reversible contraceptive method in …


Suicides, drug overdoses peak in Spokane County

Suicides and accidental drug overdoses hit their highest levels since 2009 in Spokane County, mirroring sharp national increases in both types of death over the past several years.


Heroin epidemic in Washington: Father wants state to help parents confront addiction

The number of heroin overdose deaths has skyrocketed in Washington since 2010; two bills in this session want to give people more tools to commit their loved ones for treatment.