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Insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler said uncertainly over the future of the Affordable Care Act is likely contributing to higher rate increases.
Spokane police haven’t busted a methamphetamine lab in at least three years, almost the same amount of time Breaking Bad and its methamphetamine-cooking protagonist have been off the air. But methamphetamine is contributing to more drug overdose deaths than any other drug in Spokane County, and that number rose significantly in 2016.
Rates of syphilis infection are climbing across the U.S. and in Spokane County, drawing concern from public health officials.
The current flu season is the worst in nearly two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.
The number of people dying from opioid overdoses spiked in Spokane County in 2015, new data from the Washington Department of Health shows.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, which operates a dozen clinics in Eastern Washington, saw a 76 percent increase in appointments seeking a long-acting reversible contraceptive method in the week following the election. Tiffany Harms, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, said women are concerned about a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which required all health insurance plans to cover birth control without a copay.
Suicides and accidental drug overdoses hit their highest levels since 2009 in Spokane County, mirroring sharp national increases in both types of death over the past several years.
The number of heroin overdose deaths has skyrocketed in Washington since 2010; two bills in this session want to give people more tools to commit their loved ones for treatment.