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UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies

A workaround by states to counter Trump administration cuts to Affordable Care Act subsidies has largely succeeded in protecting consumers from higher costs, California and 17 other states said.


Britain’s health service to reduce ‘unnecessary’ treatments

Britain’s National Health Service has proposed cutting back on operations including breast reductions and anti-snoring treatments as part of plans to save money and reduce “unnecessary or risky procedures.”


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: DOJ wrong not to defend pre-existing condition measures in Affordable Care Act

The congresswoman, who has maintained a tepid alliance with the Trump administration, on Wednesday spoke out against its plan not to defend portions of the health care law set up …


Congress OKs Trump bid to widen private care at besieged VA

Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system.


WSU nabs $1 million grant to study work shifts of nurses

WSU research project focuses on whether 12-hour nursing shifts can hurt job performance and patient care.


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Rural America must move past mental health stigma

Isolation, family pressures and economic stress are now recognized as major mental health risk factors. And the rugged Rough Rider image Teddy Roosevelt established as the archetype of American manhood …


House panel OKs plan to grow VA private care, a Trump pledge

A House committee approved a wide-ranging plan Tuesday to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system and fix a budget crisis in its troubled …


Shawn Vestal: Who pays when the patient can’t? Two states, two approaches, but only one answer

As the number of people without health insurance begins to climb again, it’s worth remembering a baseline question in health care: Who pays when the patient can’t?


U.S. stocks dip as health care firms fall; Apple climbs

Apple is climbing Wednesday after it announced a huge stock repurchase and solid results in its latest quarter, but U.S. stocks are mostly lower as health care firms fall. Hepatitis …


Health care new front for transgender rights under Trump

The Trump administration is coming under fire for rewriting a federal rule that bars discrimination in health care due to “gender identity.” Critics say it’s another attempt to undercut acceptance …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:40 a.m.

WSU, Spokane Alliance lay ground for mobile medical clinic

Speaking Tuesday at a WSU event announcing the university’s own push to create a mobile health clinic, Carly Celebrezze said her work has shown how traveling medical clinics can help …


Washington well-prepared for major medical care emergencies and detecting emerging diseases

Washington is well-equipped to detect emerging diseases, deliver medical supplies and coordinate a health response to an emergency, according to a federal index of state emergency preparedness released last week.


Spokane County may join legal action against companies that make prescription painkillers

Spokane County is considering joining a nationwide lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers alleging the companies knowingly lied about the addictive potential of powerful painkillers.


Sue Lani Madsen: Obamacare remains broken, especially for rural hospitals

Whether you describe the future of health care as repealing or improving the Affordable Care Act, there is no simple solution. But there is agreement on the need for change …


MultiCare to bring ‘high-end’ Indigo Urgent Care to Spokane

MultiCare will expand its line of “high-end” urgent care clinics to Spokane this fall, opening an Indigo Urgent Care location in north Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Walmart reportedly eyes deal with insurer Humana

Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Idaho’s House reject another health care proposal

Idaho’s House has spiked a last chance effort to provide family planning services to low-income women as the Republican-dominant Statehouse prepares to adjourn.


Report: Abortion is safe but barriers reduce quality of care

Abortions in the U.S. are very safe but getting one without facing delays and false medical information depends on where women live, says a broad examination of the nation’s abortion …


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Idaho’s health coverage gap still unaddressed as lawmakers push toward adjournment

Health care advocates rallied at the Idaho Capitol on Thursday, calling for lawmakers to take back up Gov. Butch Otter’s health coverage gap proposal, which was pulled from the House …


California panel rejects government-run health care

State lawmakers studying improvements to California’s health care system on Tuesday rejected on a plan popular with Democratic activists to give everyone in the state government-funded health care, saying a …


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

Trump administration uses page from ‘smart policymaking 101’ on health care

The Trump administration is taking a pragmatic new track on health care with officials promising consumer-friendly changes and savings in areas from computerized medical records to prescription drugs.


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

Insurers get into care, but is it good for your health?

In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company.


Better health care coverage for Marshallese pass Legislature

More Pacific Islanders, including those from the Marshall Islands, would have access to healthcare under a bill that received final approval in the Senate.


Uber starts offering rides to the doctor

Uber is driving deeper into health care by offering to take patients in every U.S. market where it operates to their next medical appointment.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 3:41 p.m.

Oregon effort to declare health care a right falters

An effort to insert an amendment in Oregon’s Constitution making health care a right died amid concerns by lawmakers that it would expose the state to lawsuits.


Arizona could face fines in lawsuit over prison health care

A judge overseeing a class-action lawsuit over the quality of health care in Arizona’s prisons will hold hearings this week to determine whether to fine the state for falling short …


Live long, live well: Do’s and don’ts to boost your health

We talked to primary care and public health doctors in Spokane and looked at recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Choosing Wisely and other consumer-focused health care sites …


Leading liberal policy group unveils ‘coverage for all’ plan

A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.


WSU study finds people with disabilities benefitted from health reform

People with disabilities benefited significantly from the Affordable Care Act through both expanded access to Medicaid and being able to purchase private insurance, a Washington State University study found.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Trump plan: Less-comprehensive health plans at lower cost

The Trump administration Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums.