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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.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Oregon state lawmakers vote to make health care a right

Oregon’s Legislature took a step Tuesday toward enshrining the right to health care in the state Constitution, which would be unprecedented in the United States.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

Stocks edge higher as a three-day win streak restores some calm

U.S. stocks rose for the third day in a row Tuesday, led by banks, retailers and technology companies. The rebound over the last few days follows a harrowing drop of …

Senate backs health care aid for Marshallese

Senate votes to extend health care benefits to Marshall Island natives living in Washington.

Unnecessary medical tests cost Washington patients $282 million during one-year period, study says

More than 600,000 Washingtonians received a medical procedure or test that was unnecessary over a one-year period, costing the health care system an estimated $282 million, according to a new …

$300M health care system cost to protect religious rights

President Donald Trump’s new effort to protect the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions and other procedures will cost the health care system more than $300 …

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.