Stories tagged: health care
Thu., June 13, 2019, 9:12 a.m.
A bill requiring public and private insurance companies to cover abortion is now law in Maine with Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ signature Thursday.
Sun., June 9, 2019, 5 a.m.
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 …
Fri., June 7, 2019, 6 a.m.
A dentist chimes in on potential concerns about oral health and cannabis use.
UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 4:01 p.m.
Health care is moving closer to patients. Drugstores are expanding the care and support they offer, and telemedicine is bringing doctors and therapists to the family room couch as the …
Wed., May 29, 2019
100 years ago in Spokane: Medical Society debate shows the debate over paying for health care isn’t new
The Spokane Medical Society was considering a proposal to expel members who had contracts with companies to provide care for their employees.
UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:50 a.m.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson files a legal challenge to Trump administration’s “conscience rule” that allows health care providers to refuse treatment based on religious beliefs.
UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 6:09 p.m.
U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, a $2.125 million gene therapy meant to cure a disorder that rapidly destroys a baby’s muscle control and kills most within …
Sat., May 18, 2019
Join me in spreading the word about how health coverage can lift up Idaho families and our economies and make sure your friends and neighbors in the gap know to …
Sun., May 12, 2019, 10:10 p.m.
Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option.
UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 9:39 p.m.
Nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center held a second demonstration Thursday afternoon to keep pressure on the hospital system amid drawn-out contract negotiations.
UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 10:47 p.m.
Trump wants quick action by Congress to end ‘surprise medical bills’
Sat., May 4, 2019, 5 a.m.
President Donald Trump’s new executive order to strengthen health care providers’ religious right to refusal is just another attack on the sexual and reproductive health of women and the LGBT …
Sat., May 4, 2019
SB 5988, presumably designed to address the opioid epidemic, completely misfires at the root causes of the problem, and it threatens to increase health care and prescription drug costs across …
Wed., May 1, 2019, 5:13 p.m.
Congressional budget experts say moving to a government-run health care system like “Medicare for All” could be complicated and potentially disruptive for Americans
UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 1:06 p.m.
Nurses and other hospital staff would get regular rest and meal breaks and other guarantees in their schedules under a bill that received final approval in both Legislature chambers Wednesday.
Wed., April 24, 2019, 5 a.m.
Though Spokane has never dealt with a case of Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungal infection, an outbreak is only a plane ride away.
Thu., April 18, 2019
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.
Wed., April 17, 2019, 4:04 p.m.
OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure to ensure that some of the Affordable Care Act’s federal protections are protected in state law. Inslee signed the measure …
Tue., April 9, 2019, 6 p.m.
The moves could alleviate a looming problem for Trump in key states. Individual premiums for Medicare prescription drug insurance could jump 19 percent next year under the president’s plan to …
UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 10:05 p.m.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, would require hospitals to provide nurses uninterrupted rest breaks as required by state law and prevent scheduling of mandatory overtime. Hospitals say the …
UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 9:29 p.m.
The Washington state Senate passes a bill to put the consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act into state law.
Sun., March 17, 2019, 5 a.m.
A handful of new University of Washington Medical School graduates will spend their residencies in Spokane, fulfilling the school’s goal of bringing more doctors to Eastern Washington.
UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:44 p.m.
Proposals to study universal health care and a new psychiatric hospital for the University of Washington in Seattle clear major hurdles in the Legislature.
Sun., March 10, 2019, 5 a.m.
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 …
Sat., March 9, 2019, 5 a.m.
House passes proposal to set up affordable health insurance plans for individuals within 500 percent of the poverty level.
UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
The five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is based upon patient surveys as well as performance data reported to the federal government. It’s the first time …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 1:29 p.m.
The Department of Health is proposing double-digit increases in licensing fees for the state’s physicians and a handful of other professions following an audit that showed some health care professions …
Sun., Feb. 10, 2019
Widespread smartphone use, looser regulations and employer enthusiasm are helping to expand access to telemedicine, where patients interact with doctors and nurses from afar, often through a secure video connection.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 8:46 a.m.
Daniel Rose, a self-avowed confronter of socialists in Bonner County, has the backing of the Idaho Attorney General in a constitutional squabble with the rural health care provider. The hospital …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 1:26 p.m.
The new federal rule requires health care providers to post prices for their procedures in spreadsheet form, part of an effort the Trump administration says is intended to improve transparency …