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Froma Harrop: Trump faithful must own consequences

Putting the onus back on Trump’s voters is not only more honest; it is less patronizing.

Are you a winner or loser under GOP health plan? Here’s a guide

The rich and the almost rich would make out well under the House Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The old and the poor, not so much.

Robert J. Samuelson: Medicaid needs long-term solution

Doesn’t Medicare – not Medicaid – cover the elderly and disabled? Well, yes, but there’s a giant omission: nursing home and other long-term care. Medicaid covers these for the poor …

$10 million Medicaid gap bill dies in Idaho Senate

The Idaho Senate has killed a $10 million plan to provide basic health services to the state’s neediest population.

Harrop: A plot to poison Obamacare

Under the House plan, millions enrolled in Obamacare would not realize what’s happening to their health care until it’s too late.

Health care bill’s harm is far-reaching

After 2,500 days, the American Health Care Act is born. Congressional Republicans’ much-anticipated health care bill may have a similar name to the Affordable Care Act it’s intended to replace, …

UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017

Obamacare 101: What’s in the House Republicans’ replacement plan?

House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and – just as important – replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is pretty complex. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017

Democrats, GOP spar over Medicaid reform at govs’ meeting

Tensions emerged Saturday between Democratic and Republican U.S. governors over a GOP-led proposal for a major overhaul to Medicaid, with Democrats saying the changes would take away people’s health coverage …

Sen. Cantwell, health care leaders in Spokane say proposed Medicaid changes could have harmful ripple effects

Sen. Maria Cantwell visited Spokane Wednesday to gather ammunition for the coming Congressional debate over the future of Medicaid funding. In a roundtable meeting, Cantwell spoke with health care providers …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

Inslee affirms support for Planned Parenthood during clinic visit

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday criticized congressional Republicans’ efforts to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding, calling the effort “ideologically driven, misguided and callously indifferent.”

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 …

Don’t neglect dental coverage proposal

Apple Health (Medicaid) and programs like Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) have helped reduce the incidence of oral disease among young children. Advocates would like to do the …

Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid need significant changes, Trump budget pick says

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid need significant changes to be preserved for future generations, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the White House budget office told Congress Tuesday.

HHS nominee Tom Price, staff aided donors in agency battles

President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has been an advocate for companies over the years with the federal agencies he may soon oversee. …

Defunding Planned Parenthood does more harm than good

The ideological drive to thwart Planned Parenthood fails to consider where people would go for the many services it provides and the positive trends from those services.

Loss of Obamacare could affect 750,000 Washington residents

Washington has about 750,000 residents who get health insurance because of Obamacare. How Congress repeals or revises the system would affect them, the health care system and the state’s economy.

Frontier Behavioral Health expands services as more seek mental health care

Driven by a sharp increase in demand as a result of Medicaid expansion, Frontier Behavioral Health plans to complete construction on a new facility in east Spokane by the end …

State settles case over Medicaid coverage of hepatitis drugs

The agency that administers Medicaid in Washington state has reached a tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit that sought broader coverage of expensive hepatitis C drugs.

Dental provider sues Idaho over $130M contract

A dental service provider has filed a lawsuit claiming the Idaho Department of Administration violated the state’s procurement laws in awarding a $130 million contract designed to administer dental benefits …

Medicaid estimate renews cost concerns over ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON – A government report finds that the cost of expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people is increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President …

Affordable Care Act helping more poor patients get to the doctor

Even as the Affordable Care Act remains a political flash point, new research shows it is dramatically improving poor patients’ access to medical care in states that have used the …

Authorities: $1B Medicare fraud nursing home scam, 3 charged

Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, …

State health employees fired after giving data to lawmakers

Montana health officials fired two state employees for turning over personal information, including Social Security numbers, of scores of childcare providers to three state legislators, according to documents and interviews …

Costly hepatitis C cure strains Idaho’s budget

New hepatitis C treatments could help eradicate the deadly infectious disease and also break the bank. Idaho has been forced to limit which Medicaid patients and prison inmates get drugs …

Idaho dental contract contested; claims of unfair bidding

A $50 million-a-year state contract award is on hold, after Blue Cross – the current contractor – sued, contending the state improperly allowed the other bidders to submit much of …

Judge orders Washington Medicaid to provide hepatitis C drug

SEATTLE (AP) – A federal judge has ordered Washington Medicaid to provide an expensive drug to all hepatitis C patients, not just the sickest ones. The Seattle Times reports U.S. …

Stagnant Congress lacking leadership

Among the group of people who watch Congress closely, there was unanimity: This will end up as one of the least productive years in congressional history.

Editorial: DENT fills dental care need

DENT forged relationships with dentists and started before-and-after services that have built trust.

New program helps get emergency dental care to low-income adults

The DENT program helps low-income adults see dentists for emergency treatment. Meagan Daniels, a Spokane Falls Community College student, credits the program for saving a broken tooth that became infected.

Insurer warnings cast doubt on ACA exchange future

Political uncertainty isn’t the only threat to the Affordable Care Act’s future. Cracks also are spreading through a major pillar supporting the law