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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


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 1:06 p.m.

Legislature requires hospitals to give rest and meal breaks to nurses

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.


Major cities are grappling with a drug-resistant fungal infection, but will it travel to Spokane?

Though Spokane has never dealt with a case of Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungal infection, an outbreak is only a plane ride away.


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.


Inslee signs measure to codify some health care rules

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 …


Hikes on Medicare drug premiums could be delayed until after 2020 elections

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.

Washington nurses, hospitals at odds over bill limiting overtime, requiring rest breaks

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.

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.


UW medical school graduates placed in Spokane for residencies

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.

Health care measures pass legislative hurdles before deadline

Proposals to study universal health care and a new psychiatric hospital for the University of Washington in Seattle clear major hurdles in the Legislature.


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 …


House approves new plan for health insurance

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.

MultiCare Valley Hospital receives perfect rating for patient care from federal government

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.

Doctors, physician and nursing assistants would pay more to practice under new Washington rules

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 …


Telemedicine’s challenge: Getting patients to click the app

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.

Self-described anti-socialist takes aim at Sandpoint’s community hospital funding

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.

Spokane-area hospitals post prices online under federal directive criticized as imperfect

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 …