Stories tagged: health care
SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017, 6 A.M.
Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement
As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: …
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 3:04 P.M.
Draft GOP lawmakers’ health care bill revamps Obama’s health care law
A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry …
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 3:01 P.M.
GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes
Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 9:25 P.M.
Sue Lani Madsen: Lower reimbursement, more bureaucracy not a prescription for good health under Medicare
As long as health care reform is underway, there will always be a column topic. Barely six months passed between President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act and the …
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 9:25 A.M.
Trump fact check: 20 million people on Obamacare is not ‘very few’
President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor’s health care law covers “very few people,” as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That’s only true if you consider more …
THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 5:25 A.M.
Sen. Cantwell, health care leaders in Spokane say proposed Medicaid changes could have harmful ripple effects
Sen. Maria Cantwell visited Spokane Wednesday to gather ammunition for the coming Congressional debate over the future of Medicaid funding. In a roundtable meeting, Cantwell spoke with health care providers …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 1:58 P.M.
White House may go it alone on health care replacement
The White House declined Wednesday to rule out that President Donald Trump will push his own plan to replace the Affordable Care Act rather than pursue one course with congressional …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 5:24 A.M.
Ex-patients sound off in wake of doctors’ $191M bankruptcy
News of the $191 million bankruptcy filed by a pair of Spokane physicians lit up social media Tuesday as scores of former patients and clients traded stories of their business …
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 10:05 P.M.
Inslee, Washington Republicans spar over how to react to Obamacare changes
Legislative Republicans accuse Gov. Jay Inslee of trying to scare people with the possible effects of repealing Obamacare. Inslee says they should get Republicans in Washington, D.C., to sign a …
UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 10:18 P.M.
McMorris Rodgers discusses refugees, meets privately with constituents on health care in district visit
Amid calls for her to appear publicly at a town hall event, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers discussed refugee issues with service groups and held a closed-door meeting with a handful …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 4:15 P.M.
GOP leaders unveil Obamacare replacement outline
Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 5:37 A.M.
Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains, study finds
A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 6:55 A.M.
Spokane-based lab PAML reported to be on the brink of sale
PAML, the national medical-testing laboratory based in Spokane, is on the brink of selling to LabCorp, the world’s leading health care diagnostics company, reports an independent news site covering the …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 3:12 P.M.
Trump administration ushers in changes to Obama health law
The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama’s health law less burdensome for some people.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 7:20 A.M.
Following Trump order, IRS shifts on health care mandate
The IRS says it’s following President Donald Trump’s executive order on health care by easing enforcement of the unpopular Obama-era requirement for people to have coverage or risk fines. Trump …
UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 4:44 P.M.
Demonstrators target Trump and defend health care law outside McMorris Rodgers’ office
Demonstrators took to the streets outside Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office Monday to protest the repeal of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. But discord with President Donald Trump …
UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 7:12 P.M.
Former staff and inmates raise concern about medical care provided by private contractor at Spokane County Jail.
Late last year, Bryan Monnin spent 40 days in the Spokane County Jail begging nurses to do something about his broken elbow. His case highlights concerns about treatment delays at …
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017, 3 A.M.
NaphCare and Spokane County Jail both have had issues with medical care for inmates
There were problems with Spokane County Jail’s health care long before a private contractor, NaphCare Inc., took over. Yet NaphCare’s history in facilities the company contracts with around the country …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 12:50 P.M.
With Obamacare in jeopardy, more than 12 million still sign up
A count by the Associated Press shows that more than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under “Obamacare.” That’s as the new Trump administration and …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 10:57 P.M.
Inslee affirms support for Planned Parenthood during clinic visit
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday criticized congressional Republicans’ efforts to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding, calling the effort “ideologically driven, misguided and callously indifferent.”
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 10:17 P.M.
Sue Lani Madsen: Fixing coverage mandates a good first step in reforming Obamacare
Consumer-driven, patient-focused health care is the goal as Republicans methodically work through the process of reforming the reform. But it’s hard to feel like the consumer is driving anything in …
UPDATED: SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017, 2:27 P.M.
Christ Clinic to close after 25 years of providing medical care to the poor
Angelic Ewing was praying for a miracle. As sunlight filtered through the window Thursday morning, she joined about 30 health care providers, volunteers and patients at Christ Clinic to show …
TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017, 9:05 P.M.
ACA repeal could cost Idaho $20M per year
Indigent care costs in Idaho could jump by more than $20 million per year if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, the administrator of the state’s Catastrophic Health Fund program …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017, 10:42 A.M.
Obamacare enrollment period ending amid uncertainty about President Trump’s impact on it
The Affordable Care Act’s fourth open-enrollment season draws to its scheduled close at midnight Tuesday amid uncertainty over how much actions by the Trump administration to undercut the law might …
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017
Blood donations important in newborn’s fight against cancer at Sacred Heart in Spokane
With three children already at home, Cat Harner knew what a baby was supposed to look like. So when her newborn, Thomas, was placed on her chest after birth on …
FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017, 3:04 P.M.
First health care repeal deadline missed by Congress
The four authorizing committees in the House and Senate that were directed to mark up their portions of a bill to repeal the health care law officially missed the deadline …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017, 4:01 P.M.
Alex Jackson to step down as CEO of Sacred Heart, Holy Family hospitals as parent organization flattens
Alex Jackson, chief executive of Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, will step down next month in what the hospitals’ parent organization describes as a flattening of executive …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 10:57 P.M.
McMorris Rodgers and other Washington Republicans in Congress tell Inslee Obamacare must change
Republicans in Washington’s congressional delegation defended possible changes to Obamacare, saying it is too expensive and is cutting insurance options for some rural residents.
UPDATED: MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 8:10 P.M.
12 sickened in second suspected norovirus outbreak at House of Charity
Norovirus is suspected of sickening a dozen people at the House of Charity, sparking concerns that a second wave of the vomit-inducing illness is sweeping through the downtown homeless shelter.
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017
Ramesh Ponnuru: Congress will have to decode Trump
If Trump continues to speak about policy in a free-wheeling way without follow-up, congressional Republicans will decide that they do not have to take his words more seriously than he …