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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.” …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 6:22 a.m.

Obamacare insurance sign-ups climb amid steep price hike

Steep premium increases on Washington’s and Idaho’s health insurance exchanges haven’t stopped people from signing up for coverage this year.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

CVS pushes into insurance with $69 billion Aetna bid

CVS will buy insurance giant Aetna in a roughly $69 billion deal that will help the drugstore chain reach deeper into customer health care and protect a key client, a …


Health care fallout: Fate of 8M low-income children in limbo

CHIP provides low-cost coverage to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. But it has become caught up in a political stalemate over how to fund …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Trump promises Americans ‘huge tax cut’ for Christmas

President Donald Trump on Monday promised a tax overhaul by Christmas, a day after the White House signaled its willingness to strike a health care provision from Senate tax legislation …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

U.S. stocks on two-day losing streak as health stocks fall

So that’s what a losing streak feels like. Stocks fell for the second day in a row Friday, which hadn’t happened in a month, as Amazon put a scare into …


Milbank: Trump was on the ballot and lost

Essentially, Gillespie turned the Virginia gubernatorial race into a cultural war, much as Trump did with the 2016 election. But this time, the cultural warrior lost, as he sorely deserved …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

In election glow, Democrats see health care as a winning issue

Emboldened by election wins, Democrats are starting to see a political edge in health care, particularly widening Medicaid access for more low-income people.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

House GOP revises tax bill, makes it less generous

House Republicans on Friday quietly made changes to their far-reaching tax overhaul: Now its tax cuts would be less generous for many Americans.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

It will be a tale of two countries as health care open enrollment begins

The Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act have health care advocates and insurers concerned that the open enrollment period will be one of chaos and confusion. That’s …


Shawn Vestal: Sen. Murray crafts humane, bipartisan fix for Obamacare. As such, it faces an uphill batlle.

When it comes to health care legislation, Patty Murray lives squarely in the congressional minority. Not the Democrats. The grown-ups.


CBO forecasts Alexander-Murray health-care plan would slightly lower deficit

A bipartisan Senate plan to try to stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces would lower the federal deficit by nearly $3.8 billion during the next decade and would not affect the …