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Health reform packs heavy wallop locally

With health reform dominating headlines, the stakes in Spokane are extraordinary. About 25 cents of every dollar spent in this community is tied to health care. Some clinics are concerned …


Religious coalitions find unity in care overhaul

WASHINGTON – Several large coalitions are mobilizing religious communities nationwide in support of overhauling the nation’s health care system. In recent weeks, hundreds of clergy members and lay leaders have …


Obama tries to rally support for health revamp

WASHINGTON — Six months in office, President Barack Obama sought to rally support for sweeping health care legislation Wednesday night as Congress struggled to find agreement on a historic overhaul. …


Health care bills under fire

WASHINGTON – Emboldened by divided Democrats and polls that show rising public anxiety about President Barack Obama’s handling of health care and the economy, Republicans on Monday launched an aggressive …


Analyst lashes health care legislation’s cost

WASHINGTON – Congress’ chief budget analyst delivered a devastating assessment Thursday of the health care proposals drafted by congressional Democrats, fueling an insurrection among fiscal conservatives in the House and …


Vote gives boost to health reform

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama achieved a milestone Wednesday when a Senate committee approved a plan to revamp the U.S. health care system. The Senate panel’s action, which attracted no …


Obama sets health bill deadline for week’s end

WASHINGTON – Moving forcefully on his top domestic priority, President Barack Obama told a powerful Senate chairman on Monday he wants health care legislation ready in the Finance Committee by …


Health reform’s progress sluggish

WASHINGTON – Legislation to overhaul the nation’s health systems is unlikely to make it through the House and Senate before the August target set by President Barack Obama and other …


Michael Kinsley: Pick health care’s ‘low fruit’ for reform

To achieve the goals of health care reform – universal coverage and reducing costs – is it really necessary to overhaul our entire health care system? The answer is probably …


Regence raising its premiums

SEATTLE – Regence BlueShield, Washington state’s largest provider of individual health care insurance, is raising premiums for 135,000 individual plan members in the state by an average of 17 percent …


Discord over health care may jeopardize reform

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration, hoping to boost its health-reform effort with financial concessions from the hospital and pharmaceutical industries, is instead confronting dissension within Democratic ranks and possible defections …


Wash. ombudsman sues over cuts to health program

A judge in Seattle has been asked to halt cuts to a health care program for disabled adults living in Washington state-sponsored homes.


Private insurance at 50-year low, CDC says

ATLANTA – The percentage of Americans with private health insurance has hit its lowest mark in 50 years, according to two new government reports. About 65 percent of non-elderly Americans …


Obama: Compromise needed on health care

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of fully taxing Americans’ employer-provided health insurance benefits, but suggested he might be persuaded to tax so-called Cadillac coverage, benefits …


Editorial: Hinge pay on outcomes to trim cost of Medicare

It has come to the attention of Congress that comprehensive health care reform will be expensive. Expensive enough – $1 trillion or more – to dash President Barack Obama’s and …


Bad test results often fail to reach patients, study finds

CHICAGO – No news isn’t necessarily good news for patients waiting for the results of medical tests. The first study of its kind finds doctors failed to inform patients of …


Care overhaul hits cost hurdle

WASHINGTON – No one can figure out a politically acceptable way to pay for an overhaul of America’s health care system, and until someone does, the effort is stalled. Maybe …


Bootstrap-pulling mom aspires to transplant list

Life has a way of knocking you when you’re down, but Lori Kramer is determined to stay on her feet. Five years ago, she said, it was her husband throwing …


VA inspections still find flaws

WASHINGTON – Fewer than half of Veterans Affairs centers given a surprise inspection last month had proper training and guidelines in place for common endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies – …


Seeking cures for health care costs

Until recently, the sagging economy wasn’t a subject Dr. Mary Newman routinely discussed during office visits. But after a steady stream of longtime patients confided that they had been laid …


Obama offers doctors enticements, sacrifices

CHICAGO – President Barack Obama wooed the American Medical Association on Monday with talk of curbing malpractice lawsuits and canceling a proposed 21 percent cut in Medicare payments as he …


Obama issues US doctors stern pitch for health fix

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama told American doctors Monday they must join him in fixing a crumbling health care system, pitching an overhaul to a group deeply suspicious of government …


Ailing program needs a lifeline

Beau Mellem stared in disbelief at the invoice detailing his medical care costs. Line by line the charges of his two heart surgeries and seven-week intensive care unit stay added …


Lawmakers working on health care compromise

WASHINGTON – With Republicans fighting the idea of a government-run health insurance plan, members of President Barack Obama’s team said Sunday that they are open to a compromise: a cooperative …


Smart Bombs: Misdiagnosing the illness

When last we met, I wrote about the “public option,” wherein government would offer health insurance (as it does with Medicare) as an alternative to all of the private plans …


Basic Health budget cuts don’t reflect plan’s intent

When government can’t cover all citizens with a particular benefit or service, it generally invokes a “means test,” whereby a line is drawn based on income. Those below the line …


Co-ops gain ground as health care option

GREEN BAY, Wis. – As President Barack Obama traveled to the heartland to sell a government-run insurance plan as essential to health care reform, Senate negotiators began to explore a …


Baucus outlines possible tax

WASHINGTON – A Senate plan to overhaul the nation’s health system is likely to include a new tax on some employer-provided health benefits that exceed the value of the basic …


State to hike rates on low-income health care plan

OLYMPIA _ State health officials said Monday that they’ve found a way to skirt one of the Legislature’s most heart-rending budget dilemmas: how to yank health coverage from tens of …


Obama warms to health-insurance mandate

WASHINGTON – With lawmakers poised to begin a major push to reshape the nation’s health care system, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signaled new openness to the idea of the …