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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

Schools prepare families for loss of philosophical, personal exemption for MMR vaccine

Families with children who have personal or philosophical exemptions to the MMR vaccination will have to vaccinate their children or get a different exemption before school starts this fall. But …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Empire Health Foundation head Antony Chiang announces departure

Chiang has led Empire Health Foundation as its first and only president since the nonprofit was formed following the sale of Deaconess and Valley hospitals in 2008. The 51-year-old is …


Wheat harvest reaped grain and abundant goodwill as Ritzville rallied to help farmer fighting cancer

Farmers came together to help a neighbor harvest 1,200 acres in six hours after learning that Larry Yockey knew he would not be able to cut his wheat after he …


Faith and Values: Disproportionate maternal mortality rates point to systemic social issues

Those of us white folks who think that we’re the “


Idaho lawmakers ponder if counties should fund Medicaid expansion

A panel of Idaho lawmakers looking for ways to pay for the state’s expansion of Medicaid is considering eliminating county indigent health care funds, dipping into money collected from court …


Hurry up and wait: Doctors say insurers increasingly interfere

Doctors are finding that they need more approvals from insurance companies before their patients can get routine care like medical scans or some prescriptions. Insurers say they are reviewing more …


WSU Medical School, Empire Health Foundation share $10.5 million grant to expand rural health care access

Premera Blue Cross announced Wednesday $10.5 million in grant funding to the WSU College of Medicine and the Empire Health Foundation to expand access to rural health care.


After pharmaceutical companies poured billions of opioid pills into Washington, rural counties try to recover

Millions of prescribed opioids poured into rural counties near Spokane from 2006 to 2012, according to recently revealed data. But while the extent of the problem is clearer, the path …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Data collection program comes to Spokane as part of effort to boost medical research

A National Institutes of Health program is collecting medical data in Spokane this week as part of a nationwide effort to gather information that will fuel research and promote individualized, …


Keeping people out of crisis: Unit combines law enforcement, mental health worker

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Diversion Unit works to divert people experiencing mental health crises away from the hospital or jail.


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

Providence, nurses enter mediated negotiations over benefits

Nurses and health care workers in the Providence hospital system are protesting changes to their benefits plan, while the nonprofit defends the move.


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 10:25 a.m.

State suspends license of long-term care home for children in Spokane

A local long-term care home for children with intensive medical needs closed on Monday, after the Department of Children, Youth and Families suspended its license.


Shortening trainee doctor hours hasn’t harmed patients

A new study finds shortening hours for doctors during residency training hasn’t harmed patients. Researchers wanted to know whether limiting trainee doctors to 80-hour weeks affected the quality of care.


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

New dental clinic coming to East Central Community Center campus

With a new community clinic set to open in mid-2020, residents of East Central will see improved access to dental care.


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

Finding role models in medicine: Program at WSU Spokane inspires high schoolers to explore health sciences

Medicine is not a field for the squeamish. Just ask Danna Rosales, a high school senior from Kennewick who had an up-close experience with a human cadaver last week at …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 11:32 a.m.

Spokane hospitals say operating rooms clean after mold sickens five and kills one at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Spokane-area health care providers explain their infection controls, following report that one patient died and five others were infected by mold in operating rooms at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the …


Maine making public, private insurers cover abortions

A bill requiring public and private insurance companies to cover abortion is now law in Maine with Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ signature Thursday.


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 …


Can cannabis cause cavities?

A dentist chimes in on potential concerns about oral health and cannabis use.


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

At stores and online, health care moves closer to customers

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 …


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.

State files to block federal ‘conscience rule’ on health care

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.

FDA approves $2M medicine, most expensive ever

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 …


Hillarie Hagen: Idaho Medicaid expansion will not be delayed

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 …


Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in U.S.

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.

Sacred Heart nurses hold second rally as contract talks with Providence drag on

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 calls on Congress to end ‘surprise medical bills’

Trump wants quick action by Congress to end ‘surprise medical bills’


Planned Parenthood spokesman: Trump’s religious refusal order an attack on health care rights

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 …


Renée Sunde: Raising costs on health care products will not solve opioid crisis

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 …


Budget office: Caveats to government-run health system

Congressional budget experts say moving to a government-run health care system like “Medicare for All” could be complicated and potentially disruptive for Americans