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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Q&A: Cathy McMorris Rodgers addresses her vote in support of the House tax plan

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says that benefits far outweigh the risks in the House tax reform bill passed this week.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

Montana lawmakers block planned Medicaid rate cuts

A legislative committee is blocking the state health department from reducing Medicaid provider reimbursement rates as a way to cut $3 million from its budget.


Idaho AG questions Medicaid expansion proposal

The Idaho Attorney General’s office flagged a handful of concerns while vetting a proposal seeking to expand Medicaid coverage through a ballot initiative rather than through the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017

In election glow, Democrats see health care as a winning issue

Emboldened by election wins, Democrats are starting to see a political edge in health care, particularly widening Medicaid access for more low-income people.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017

Oregon overpays almost $75 million for Medicaid

The Oregon Health Authority says the state wrongly paid Oregon health care organizations nearly $75 million in federal Medicaid money from 2014 to 2016.


Editorial: Opioid crisis needs strong action

The Trump administration hasn’t mentioned money, but it’s going to take billions. Any plans to cut Medicaid will undermine a response to the opioid crisis.


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.


Samuelson: Budget primer points to problems

Americans should balance the pain of taxes with gains from government. If people want big government, they should pay for it. If they dislike higher taxes, they should cut government.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

Advocates file Idaho Medicaid expansion ballot initiative

Health advocates who have been stymied by Idaho’s Republican-dominant Legislature to expand Medicaid have filed paperwork for a ballot initiative.


Report: Medicaid enrollments, costs begin to stabilize

States are seeing more stability in their Medicaid programs after experiencing a surge in enrollment and costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that one of the major pillars …


Cassidy-Graham just another hasty mistake

In Washington state, more than 650,000 people could lose Medicaid coverage over the next decade, according to two studies that looked at the Cassidy-Graham plan. The state would also stand …


Legislative committee hears concerns over Medicaid cuts

Montana residents who receive services paid for by Medicaid will suffer greatly, and some may have their lives shortened, if the state health department is allowed to follow through with …


Medicaid crucial in lives of adopted kids with disabilities

After raising five biological children, the Betzers started serving as foster parents. (They fostered 43 children in all, according to a national award citation.) Eventually, they decided to adopt one …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Mylan’s EpiPen settlement on defrauding Medicaid gets finalized

Mylan’s $465 million settlement of a U.S. case that claimed the drugmaker defrauded taxpayers by misclassifying its allergy-shot EpiPen product as a generic drug was finalized by the Justice Department.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

Federal court: Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood money

A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, two years after the state ended its contract with the group over videos secretly …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

In rare Spokane town hall, Sen. Maria Cantwell faces friendly audience critical of GOP, Trump

In contrast to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sen. Maria Cantwell spoke unimpeded during a 90-minute town hall session at Gonzaga University on Tuesday to a half full room at Gonzaga …


Editorial: Opioid addiction is a clear, present danger

No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.


Goodman and Moynihan: Resistance to ACA repeal rolls on

The effort to kill Obamacare is not complete. Expect vigorous protests throughout August, led by the activists of ADAPT and their allies.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Republican senators fail in bid to repeal Obamacare

After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated Wednesday they don’t have the stomach to repeal “Obamacare” when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Drug fraud settlement nets Washington state $368,000

Washington state has received a small fraction of a $280 million national settlement involving a pharmaceutical company accused of committing fraud by promoting drugs for unapproved uses, including leprosy and …


Robert J. Samuelson: Health care debate emotional, not rational

What we want as individuals (unlimited care) may not be good for the larger society (overspending on health care).


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid U.S. of Obamacare

Lecturing fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump summoned GOP senators to the White House Wednesday and told them face-to-face they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Collapse of Obamacare repeal campaign ups pressure on Republicans to work with Democrats

Congressional Republicans, their campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in shambles, face mounting pressure to work with Democrats to make fixes to the 2010 health care law …


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017

Health care vote delay gives foes, supporters more time

Foes from left and right are using the delayed vote on the Republican health care bill to make it as politically toxic as possible for wavering GOP senators to support …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

What to know about the Senate’s latest health care bill

Senate Republicans have released a revised health care bill that keeps some taxes on high-income earners and includes more funding to make insurance more affordable in hopes of winning over …


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017

Federal government stops Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements to Surgery Center of Spokane

The federal government has terminated its Medicare/Medicaid provider agreement with the Surgery Center of Spokane.


Senate Republicans plan to introduce a new health bill this week, vote next week

Senate leaders are rewriting their health care plan in an effort to vote on it next week, Republican Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Monday, even as some GOP senators expressing …


Hospital CEO: GOP causing problems in health care exchanges

The CEO of one of Montana’s largest hospitals says Republicans are helping to create the instability that is causing insurance companies to leave the federal health care exchanges established under …


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017

Protesters arrested after occupying senators’ offices to protest health-care bill

Dozens of protesters were arrested nationwide after occupying the local offices of Republican senators, a protest against the Better Care Reconciliation Act organized by a coalition of left-wing groups.


Marc A. Thiessen: GOP must replace Obamacare now

Repealing Obamacare without a replacement is a terrible idea, and Democrats are salivating at the prospect that Republicans will be stupid enough to go through with it.