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UW medical school graduates placed in Spokane for residencies

A handful of new University of Washington Medical School graduates will spend their residencies in Spokane, fulfilling the school’s goal of bringing more doctors to Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

Health care measures pass legislative hurdles before deadline

Proposals to study universal health care and a new psychiatric hospital for the University of Washington in Seattle clear major hurdles in the Legislature.


Washington Legislature moves to address ‘surprise billing’ that affects 1 in 5 ER patients

Patients are showing up at emergency clinics with the expectation that their care will be covered by their health plan. But some of the ER doctors aren’t covered by the …


House approves new plan for health insurance

House passes proposal to set up affordable health insurance plans for individuals within 500 percent of the poverty level.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

MultiCare Valley Hospital receives perfect rating for patient care from federal government

The five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is based upon patient surveys as well as performance data reported to the federal government. It’s the first time …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

Doctors, physician and nursing assistants would pay more to practice under new Washington rules

The Department of Health is proposing double-digit increases in licensing fees for the state’s physicians and a handful of other professions following an audit that showed some health care professions …


Telemedicine’s challenge: Getting patients to click the app

Widespread smartphone use, looser regulations and employer enthusiasm are helping to expand access to telemedicine, where patients interact with doctors and nurses from afar, often through a secure video connection.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 8:46 a.m.

Self-described anti-socialist takes aim at Sandpoint’s community hospital funding

Daniel Rose, a self-avowed confronter of socialists in Bonner County, has the backing of the Idaho Attorney General in a constitutional squabble with the rural health care provider. The hospital …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Spokane-area hospitals post prices online under federal directive criticized as imperfect

The new federal rule requires health care providers to post prices for their procedures in spreadsheet form, part of an effort the Trump administration says is intended to improve transparency …


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.