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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Providence to enter Washington insurance market in 2020, with limited abortion coverage

The Catholic, Oregon-based insurer is affiliated with the Providence chain of hospitals, including Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.


Washington regulators target faith-based health care firm that Spokane Valley woman says scammed her

They’re protected from state regulation and are the health coverage of choice for about 25,000 Washington residents. But one Spokane Valley woman is among two dozen statewide who say they …


Catherine Rampell: The worst thing Barr did this week had nothing to do with the Mueller report

The worst thing that Attorney General William P. Barr did this week arguably had nothing to do with possible contempt of Congress or the Mueller report. It had to do …


Froma Harrop: Change is coming to health care. Vote wisely.

It’s a solid bet that our health care future won’t look quite like the present; its future will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Senate Democrats vote to make ACA consumer protections state law

The Washington state Senate passes a bill to put the consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act into state law.


Washington Legislature moves to address ‘surprise billing’ that affects 1 in 5 ER patients

Patients are showing up at emergency clinics with the expectation that their care will be covered by their health plan. But some of the ER doctors aren’t covered by the …


Froma Harrop: May you be healthy and covered in 2019

A federal judge in Texas just threw out the Affordable Care Act root and branch. Upheld, the ruling would rocket Republicans toward their goal of killing Obamacare. The downside for …


Trump pushes Congress for new health law after court ruling

After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was “invalid,” President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

Federal judge in Texas rules Obama health-care law unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas threw a dagger into the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that the entire health-care law is unconstitutional because of a recent change in …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 11:19 a.m.

Deadline for Spokane residents to sign up for public health care plans is Saturday

Statewide, enrollment numbers are surging in the final few days before the open enrollment period for public health options ends Saturday night. Spokane County residents may pick plans from among …


Vestal: McMorris Rodgers’ record shows she didn’t vote to protect people with pre-existing conditions

Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ voting record shows clearly where she has stood on protecting those who have pre-existing conditions. But it doesn’t seem to be the record she thinks she has.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Idaho’s Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid in one of the most Republican states

Idaho is one of four Republican-leaning states where voter initiatives to expand Medicaid are on the Nov. 6 ballot.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown on health care, Medicare and Medicaid

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a narrowly unsuccessful Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says it was in an effort to give states and patients …


Dana Milbank: We know the GOP has at least one pre-existing condition

Selective memory loss is spreading, and it has become a necessary pre-condition to run as a Republican this year.


Karen Hardy: We need leaders who will fight for our health

I believe our state must defend and improve the consumer protections of the Affordble Care Act, not destroy them.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 9:27 a.m.

Modest premium hikes as ‘Obamacare’ stabilizes

Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get price cuts. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 7:42 p.m.

Cantwell calls on Justice Department to resume Affordable Care Act defense

Sen. Maria Cantwell called on the U.S. Justice Department to resume defending portions of the Affordable Care Act in court, at a Tuesday event at Deaconess Hospital.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Idaho Republicans push Medicaid expansion opposition

GOP delegates on Friday called on the Idaho Republican Party to formally oppose a Medicaid expansion initiative expected to be on the November ballot.


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 …


Jon Healey: Got a preexisting condition? The Trump administration wants insurers to deny you coverage

In its latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act – and in the process, raise premiums for many Americans – the Trump administration is urging a federal judge in …


Shawn Vestal: ACA “navigator” took personal data to Spokane insurance company to target sales pitches

They signed up for health insurance on the state exchange. But about 3,200 Washingtonians, all of whom were nearing age 65, also got something they didn’t ask for. Their contact …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 6:04 a.m.

Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort

Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to …


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Medicaid expansion in Idaho moves closer to making November ballot

Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 7:31 a.m.

Eastern Washington poll shows nearly 2-to-1 support for higher age limit for buying semi-automatic rifles

Eastern Washington voters overwhelmingly favor raising the age limit for buying a semi-automatic rifle but are evenly split on whether they think Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act, a …


Trump administration rewrites ACA insurance rules to give more power to states

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Monday rewrote rules for health plans sold through Affordable Care Act marketplaces, tilting control over insurance standards from the federal government to states and …


WSU study finds people with disabilities benefitted from health reform

People with disabilities benefited significantly from the Affordable Care Act through both expanded access to Medicaid and being able to purchase private insurance, a Washington State University study found.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 10 p.m.

Sign-ups show health law’s staying power in Trump era

A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program’s subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act’s …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 4:09 p.m.

Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 11:55 p.m.

About 150 march in Spokane in protest of Republican tax reform plans

About 150 protesters gathered Monday afternoon in downtown Spokane to denounce Republican tax reform proposals moving through Congress. All In For Washington, Greater Spokane Progress and the Peace & Justice …