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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 11:20 a.m.

Saks parent taps health care world for next CEO

The company that owns department store chains Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor is tapping the world of health care for its next CEO.


British officials condemn Trump remarks on UK health care

British officials reacted angrily Monday to President Donald Trump’s stark criticism of the U.K. health care system, which he said was breaking down.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

Four topics President Trump tackled in the State of the Union and how they affect Spokane

President Donald Trump will deliver the first State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Many of his expected topics will have wide implications for the region’s roads, immigrants, patients …


Monthslong battle over CHIP took a toll on families, agencies

For months, as Congress held off on reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Mead fretted about how she’d manage if she had to buy private insurance through her nonprofit employer. …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan tackle U.S. health care ‘tapeworm’

Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find …


WSU’s ‘Drive to 25’ campaign puts the focus on research

WSU’s new “Drive to 25” campaign to become a research powerhouse includes its health sciences campus in Spokane.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 12:39 p.m.

Idaho to insurers: Give us plans that don’t follow Obamacare

Concerned about soaring health care costs, Idaho on Wednesday revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheap policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Spokane nonprofit expands into drug treatment for people in federal probation program

Pioneer Human Services has expanded drug treatment services at its office in central Spokane, where it’s now treating people under federal probation supervision.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care

The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, …


Flu season worst since 2009 swine flu pandemic

Washington and Idaho are in the midst of what’s likely to be the worst flu season since the 2009 swine flu pandemic.


Proposed law would refocus efforts on treating drug addiction

Washington will get a sweeping re-write of its approach to treating opioid addiction if a bill introduced in the state legislature becomes law.


Survey of needle exchange users shows meth usage up across Washington

Methamphetamine use is on the rise among Washingtonians using needle exchange programs, a statewide survey released Thursday says.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Children’s health insurance funding at center of shutdown battle splitting Washington delegation

Lawmakers remain at odds over legislation that would fund the federal government past a rapidly approaching Friday deadline. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, joined by Republican colleagues at a news conference …


Shawn Vestal: Only in Wonderland is Congress insuring children’s health

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ claim that the House reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program is fit for a fact in Wonderland.


Trump on his promises: Yes on tax cuts but where’s the wall?

President Donald Trump often brags that he’s done more in his first year in office than any other president. That’s a spectacular stretch.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 10:04 a.m.

Scarred by fire, Dao Nguyen overcame fears to advocate for the disabled and disfigured

As an infant, Dao Nguyen was burned and disfigured in an accident. Now, with a team of filmmakers in tow, Nguyen believes her story will change hearts and minds in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Mariners appearance at Sacred Heart canceled amid flu concerns

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center canceled a scheduled appearance of three Seattle Mariners Wednesday afternoon due to concerns about spreading the flu.


Democrats move to offense on health care; seek ‘big ideas’

Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for …


In new rule, Trump tries to deliver a health care promise

Striving to fulfill a campaign promise, the Trump administration moved Thursday to facilitate the interstate sale of health insurance policies that cost less but may not cover as much.


Congress deals 2 blows to ‘Obamacare’

Congress dealt a pair of blows to the Obama health care law Wednesday, including a retreat by two senators who were fighting for a provision this year that would help …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 8:52 p.m.

Ritzville family donates $1 million for cancer research at WSU

After losing their daughter to cancer, a Ritzville couple have donated $1 million to Washington State University’s College of Medicine to support cancer research and establish a professorship.


California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants

California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 10:50 a.m.

Spokane pursues raising tobacco age limit in Washington to 21

The Spokane Regional Health District board has thrown its weight behind a three-year-old campaign to raise the state’s tobacco age limit to 21.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 7 p.m.

Providence St. Joseph in merger talks with St. Louis-based hospital chain

Providence St. Joseph Health, the Renton-based owner of Spokane-area hospitals and clinics, is in talks with Ascension Health of St. Louis about a possible merger, the Wall Street Journal has …


12 governors urge Congress to fund children’s health program

Twelve governors of both parties are urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children’s health insurance program as soon as possible.


For these UW medical students Gonzaga is home, too

The UW and Gonzaga medical school partnership is teaching students from around the state with a focus on rural health care.


Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for “Obamacare” sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.


Public offers input on new plan to address Medicaid gap

Idaho’s top health officials are collecting input from residents across the state on their latest plan to provide health care to poor residents who do not have medical coverage.


Faye Flam: Why 50-year-olds should be eligible for Medicare

Americans are more likely to enter the 65-and-up age group with chronic diseases – heart disease, diabetes, hypertension – which aren’t curable but could have been headed off had people …


Spokane Regional Health District could teach Department of Health how to deal with marijuana and pregnancy

Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana in 2012, requires the state to support education programs with “medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks posed by marijuana use.” …