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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

New Spokane Valley detox center denied permit, applicant appealing

A proposed new detox center that agreed to install a security system, host an annual barbecue and decorate for the holidays to appease its Spokane Valley neighbors, had their application …


Homecoming for health care: UW School of Medicine graduate Mara Hazeltine finds her way back to Sacred Heart for residency

For Mara Hazeltine, starting her family medicine residency at Sacred Heart Medical Center is more than a step to becoming a board-certified physician, it’s a return home.


Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors

Medicare is experimenting with a new direction in health care. Starting next year, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores and …


Trump administration finalizes birth control opt-out policy

A day after Republicans expanded their Senate majority, the Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a policy change that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of …


Sue Lani Madsen: Healthcare – it’s complicated

Health care reform has been a political slogan generator for over a decade. Repeal and Replace! Medicare for All!


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018

A $6 billion China startup wants to be the Amazon of health care

Backed by Tencent Holdings, WeDoctor joins a growing contingent of tech giants hoping to revolutionize an industry seemingly impervious to online disruption. While the likes of Google seek to unlock …


Sue Lani Madsen: Security and freedom

There is common ground on health care – the system isn’t working. Everyone has favorite anecdotes about what’s working the worst, either before or after the Affordable Care Act or …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

In move to curb addiction, Washington Apple Health limits opioid prescriptions

In an effort to curb addiction to prescription drugs, Washington’s Health Care Authority will limit the quantity of opioids that doctors can prescribe to Medicaid patients starting Nov. 1.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017

Health care markets to open amid federal uncertainty

Despite months of turmoil over the nation’s health care policy, you’ll still be able to buy an insurance plan starting Nov. 1.


Sue Lani Madsen: Healthcare – moving on

Declaring healthcare political theater over last weekend may have been premature. A recent column on new bipartisan efforts in Congress referred to Republican reform proposals as “a circus of half-truths …


Shawn Vestal: Empire lawsuit just one more reminder of surreal hospital pricing

At the heart of the lawsuit against the former owners of two Spokane hospitals is a reminder of the freaky, shady way hospitals set prices. They seem to just … …


UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017

Gritman director wants board chairman out

A key figure at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow is calling for the resignation of the hospital’s board chairman, citing concerns about the way he has handled his conflict of …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017

Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers walking back on promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the beleaguered House leadership are squeezing lemons to pass a bill that would apparently allow insurers to do exactly what her previous legislation would …


Health leaders in Washington state seek improvements in existing health care law

Now that Congress has set aside – at least for the moment – Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act, …


Another congressional clash looms over coal miners’ health benefits

Lawmakers representing coal-producing states are using every political device they can – including threatening to trigger a partial government shutdown to holding up a White House nominee – to prevent …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

Bitter GOP finger-pointing clouds path for Trump agenda

President Donald Trump is hoping to drive his priorities forward following the crumbling of the Republican health care bill but GOP finger-pointing is rampant, underscoring how tough it will be …


Trump blames GOP conservative faction for blocking health care bill

President Donald Trump on Sunday took hard-line congressional Republicans to task over last week’s failed attempt to push through a health care overhaul measure, but the principal target of his …


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017

Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Democrats

President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, as aides signaled a greater willingness …


GOP bill’s changes in rules could undermine health of neediest

An under-the-radar provision in the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would require the millions of Medicaid enrollees who signed up under the Obamacare expansion to renew their …


Cystic fibrosis patients surviving longer in Canada than US

Canadians with cystic fibrosis survive about 10 years longer than Americans with the same genetic disease, according to startling new research that raises questions about how to improve care.


Trump toasts nation’s governors ahead of health care talks

President Donald Trump toasted the nation’s governors Sunday night, welcoming state leaders to a black-tie ball at the White House ahead of discussions about his plans to repeal and replace …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017

Group Health members to see no plan changes this year after sale to Kaiser Permanente

More than 65,000 members of Group Health Cooperative in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area will see no change in their plans or benefit this year as result of Kaiser Permanente acquisition …


WSU-Spokane agreement with private university creates pipeline for pharmacy students in the Yakima Valley

Students from Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington, which has a large Latino population, will be able to apply for early admission to WSU-Spokane’s College of Pharmacy. The early admission program …


Trump calls drug pricing ‘astronomical’ and promises changes

President Donald Trump told drugmakers at a White House meeting Tuesday they were charging too much and promised to get better bargains for government health programs, in addition to finding …


Aetna’s Humana takeover blocked by judge as anticompetitive

Aetna Inc.’s $37 billion deal to buy rival insurer Humana Inc. was blocked by a federal judge, thwarting one of two large mergers that would reshape the U.S. health-care landscape. …


Inland Imaging merges with Missoula Radiology

Inland Imaging, PS and Missoula Radiology, PC combined their professional radiology groups effective Jan. 1.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

HHS nominee Price sees ‘access’ to coverage as health reform goal

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services and one of Congress’s most vehement critics of the Affordable Care Act, told …


In 2015, health care tab grew at fastest rate in 8 years

The nation’s health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama’s law and by costly prescription drugs, …


Republicans likely to heed Trump’s call to repeal Obamacare

Congress is all but certain to seek to repeal parts of the health care overhaul, unwinding the signature achievement of the Obama administration and delivering on one of the Republican …


Clinton’s promise to ‘fix’ Obamacare rate hikes unlikely to happen with GOP-held House

Hillary Clinton promised to fix problems with Obamacare that led to average rate hikes of 25 percent next year for mid-level health plans before subsidies.