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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown lay out health care philosophies at Spokane conference

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the role of the federal government is to increase choice and competitiveness in the U.S. health care market, while Democrat Lisa Brown urged a push …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Rates on Washington health plans to increase an average 13.8 percent in 2019

The costs of public health care plans will rise nearly 14 percent next year as a result of rate changes approved by state regulators.


Dr. Bill Dienst: Dysfunctional aspects of the U.S. health care ‘system,’ and possible solutions

A Medicare for All system combined with a tithing would align patients, insurers and providers toward providing good care while being more cost-conscious. It would motivate all of us to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 2:14 p.m.

Veterans Affairs secretary vows not to privatize agency

The new secretary of Veterans Affairs pledged to the American Legion on Wednesday that he won’t privatize his agency’s health care services even as it increases options for veterans to …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces smaller, friendlier town hall crowd in downtown Spokane

A year removed from one of the most raucous town halls in her recent congressional career, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faced a relatively calm – and sparse – gathering Thursday …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

CHAS Health opens Spokane Valley dental clinic

The East Mission Dental Clinic is an extension of the existing CHAS Health urgent-care facility at 1502 N. Vercler Road, which opened three years ago.


Shawn Vestal: Health care – and health care rhetoric – will be at the center of congressional race

It’s clear we’ll be hearing a lot about health care in the weeks to come. It’s also clear that the talk about health care – the framing, the spinning, the …


Ramesh Ponnuru: The new health care debate divides the right

America’s health-care debate is entering a new phase. Liberals, inspired by self-described socialists such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently won the Democratic primary in New …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

Dems will try forcing Senate vote against Trump health plan

Democrats will try forcing a campaign-season vote on blocking a Trump administration rule allowing insurers to sell short-term plans that are cheaper but skimpier than allowed under the Obama health …


Trump’s cheaper short-term health plans have coverage gaps

The Trump administration on Wednesday cleared the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 3:44 p.m.

For some patients, opioids provide only hope

Chronic pain patients caught in the complexities and controversies as opioid epidemic draws tighter scrutiny of prescription policies.


Sue Lani Madsen: HIPAA Identity Theft – Sort Of

If you’re still waiting for your prescription refill authorization or a call back for a physician referral, it might have stalled on my mother’s kitchen table.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 3:02 p.m.

Spokane Internal Medicine will join MultiCare Rockwood

Spokane Internal Medicine will be joining MultiCare Rockwood Clinic in November.


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies

A workaround by states to counter Trump administration cuts to Affordable Care Act subsidies has largely succeeded in protecting consumers from higher costs, California and 17 other states said.


Britain’s health service to reduce ‘unnecessary’ treatments

Britain’s National Health Service has proposed cutting back on operations including breast reductions and anti-snoring treatments as part of plans to save money and reduce “unnecessary or risky procedures.”


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: DOJ wrong not to defend pre-existing condition measures in Affordable Care Act

The congresswoman, who has maintained a tepid alliance with the Trump administration, on Wednesday spoke out against its plan not to defend portions of the health care law set up …


Congress OKs Trump bid to widen private care at besieged VA

Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system.


WSU nabs $1 million grant to study work shifts of nurses

WSU research project focuses on whether 12-hour nursing shifts can hurt job performance and patient care.


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Rural America must move past mental health stigma

Isolation, family pressures and economic stress are now recognized as major mental health risk factors. And the rugged Rough Rider image Teddy Roosevelt established as the archetype of American manhood …


House panel OKs plan to grow VA private care, a Trump pledge

A House committee approved a wide-ranging plan Tuesday to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system and fix a budget crisis in its troubled …


Shawn Vestal: Who pays when the patient can’t? Two states, two approaches, but only one answer

As the number of people without health insurance begins to climb again, it’s worth remembering a baseline question in health care: Who pays when the patient can’t?


U.S. stocks dip as health care firms fall; Apple climbs

Apple is climbing Wednesday after it announced a huge stock repurchase and solid results in its latest quarter, but U.S. stocks are mostly lower as health care firms fall. Hepatitis …


Health care new front for transgender rights under Trump

The Trump administration is coming under fire for rewriting a federal rule that bars discrimination in health care due to “gender identity.” Critics say it’s another attempt to undercut acceptance …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:40 a.m.

WSU, Spokane Alliance lay ground for mobile medical clinic

Speaking Tuesday at a WSU event announcing the university’s own push to create a mobile health clinic, Carly Celebrezze said her work has shown how traveling medical clinics can help …


Washington well-prepared for major medical care emergencies and detecting emerging diseases

Washington is well-equipped to detect emerging diseases, deliver medical supplies and coordinate a health response to an emergency, according to a federal index of state emergency preparedness released last week.


Spokane County may join legal action against companies that make prescription painkillers

Spokane County is considering joining a nationwide lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers alleging the companies knowingly lied about the addictive potential of powerful painkillers.


Sue Lani Madsen: Obamacare remains broken, especially for rural hospitals

Whether you describe the future of health care as repealing or improving the Affordable Care Act, there is no simple solution. But there is agreement on the need for change …


MultiCare to bring ‘high-end’ Indigo Urgent Care to Spokane

MultiCare will expand its line of “high-end” urgent care clinics to Spokane this fall, opening an Indigo Urgent Care location in north Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Walmart reportedly eyes deal with insurer Humana

Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Idaho’s House reject another health care proposal

Idaho’s House has spiked a last chance effort to provide family planning services to low-income women as the Republican-dominant Statehouse prepares to adjourn.