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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

Walgreens partners with Microsoft to battle Amazon

Walgreens Boots Alliance is teaming with Microsoft to design “digital health corners” for its stores as both companies battle an ever-expanding Amazon.com.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

Democrats roll out big health care proposals in the states

Democrats won back governor’s offices and legislative chambers in numerous states last year, thanks in large part to their promises to expand health coverage and make it more affordable.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Washington governor, N.Y. mayor push expanded health coverage

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, is proposing a public health insurance option for state residents as a step toward universal health coverage.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Hospitals now required to reveal secret prices lists online for every medical procedure, service

Hospitals across the country rang in the New Year with a federal mandate to reveal their once-secret master price lists, although it’s unclear whether the new requirement will assist many …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Dem-led House moves to join health care law case

The new Democratic-controlled House has moved toward defending former President Barack Obama’s health care law against a federal court ruling that the statute is unconstitutional, part of the party’s effort …


Sign-ups steady as health law case goes to appeals court

The government says 8.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage this year under the Obama health law, reflecting steady enrollment even as supporters of the law appeal a court …


Dr. Francisco R. Velazquez: The future of health care reform

In my role as a medical doctor, I’ve seen the power of medicine to transform lives. And as a physician executive, I’ve had to pay close attention to the bottom …


Trump pushes Congress for new health law after court ruling

After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was “invalid,” President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White …


Last-minute shoppers for public health plans in Spokane County can seek help Saturday

The offices of Better Health Together, at 1206 N. Lincoln St. near the Spokane Arena, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the last day of open …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 8:15 p.m.

Idaho extends prison health contract for 2 years

Idaho’s state Board of Correction voted to extend its $46 million-plus-a-year contract with Corizon Health for inmate health care for another two years.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Court: Trump can’t let companies deny birth control coverage

A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.


Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

Government numbers show health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll.


Protect health care costs deduction, Cantwell says

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., reached across the aisle this week to partner with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on legislation designed to assist low-income families with medical costs.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Tech and health care lead U.S. stock surge after midterms

Stocks rallied Wednesday as investors were relieved to see that the U.S. midterm elections went largely as they expected they would. Big-name technology and consumer and health care companies soared …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Shoppers may face hard choices again on health marketplaces

Insurance shoppers likely will have several choices for individual health coverage this fall. The bad news? There’s no guarantee they will cover certain doctors or prescriptions.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Idaho’s Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid in one of the most Republican states

Idaho is one of four Republican-leaning states where voter initiatives to expand Medicaid are on the Nov. 6 ballot.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 12:47 p.m.

Here are some of Lisa Brown’s top legislative accomplishments and her votes on high-profile bills

Lisa Brown joined the Washington Legislature in 1993 and rose to the highest level of power in the state Senate. Many of her legislative accomplishments came as the leader of …


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown on health care, Medicare and Medicaid

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a narrowly unsuccessful Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says it was in an effort to give states and patients …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers reveal their most admired party leader in Rotary debate

Taking the stage for the second time in less than 24 hours, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown met in a public debate Thursday hosted by Spokane Rotary 21. …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown spar on taxes, economy and health care in second Congressional debate

The two candidates took the stage for the second time in the closely watched contest Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane, in a debate focused on the …


Karen Hardy: We need leaders who will fight for our health

I believe our state must defend and improve the consumer protections of the Affordble Care Act, not destroy them.


Employers jump into providing care as health costs rise

Fiat Chrysler is offering free health care for most of its employees and their families – about 22,000 people – through a clinic the carmaker opened this summer. The company …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: My goal is quality, affordable health care for all

My goal is to make sure everyone has access to quality and affordable health care. At the baseline of this debate, I believe we must protect people with pre-existing conditions …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 3:36 p.m.

Lisa Brown: We need solutions that lower health care costs and expand access, not slogans

Lisa Brown, D, is a former WSU Spokane chancellor and former Washington state Senate majority leader.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown lay out health care philosophies at Spokane conference

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the role of the federal government is to increase choice and competitiveness in the U.S. health care market, while Democrat Lisa Brown urged a push …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Rates on Washington health plans to increase an average 13.8 percent in 2019

The costs of public health care plans will rise nearly 14 percent next year as a result of rate changes approved by state regulators.


Dr. Bill Dienst: Dysfunctional aspects of the U.S. health care ‘system,’ and possible solutions

A Medicare for All system combined with a tithing would align patients, insurers and providers toward providing good care while being more cost-conscious. It would motivate all of us to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 2:14 p.m.

Veterans Affairs secretary vows not to privatize agency

The new secretary of Veterans Affairs pledged to the American Legion on Wednesday that he won’t privatize his agency’s health care services even as it increases options for veterans to …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces smaller, friendlier town hall crowd in downtown Spokane

A year removed from one of the most raucous town halls in her recent congressional career, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faced a relatively calm – and sparse – gathering Thursday …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

CHAS Health opens Spokane Valley dental clinic

The East Mission Dental Clinic is an extension of the existing CHAS Health urgent-care facility at 1502 N. Vercler Road, which opened three years ago.