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Interpreter services for patients face cut

SEATTLE – About 70,000 Washington residents who do not speak English fluently may lose access to interpreters during medical visits under a proposed budget cut. The proposed $2 million cut …


Medicaid system fails to pay claims

SEATTLE – Washington state’s new computer system for processing Medicaid payments is failing to process hundreds of thousands of claims. Some doctors and clinics have stopped taking new Medicaid patients …


State cuts to health clinics affect thousands

Washington state is suspending grants that enable community clinics to provide health care to about 300,000 uninsured patients. Suspension of the program was announced this week by the Washington State …


Wash. state suspending grants to community clinics

Washington state is suspending grants that enable community clinics to provide health care to about 300,000 uninsured patients.


Letter details targeted cuts to Medicaid services

Thousands of Washington’s poorest residents will receive a letter early next month informing them that they will lose health care services in the coming year as the state cuts Medicaid …


Washington Medicaid recipients to lose services

Thousands of Washington’s poorest residents will receive a letter early next month informing them that they will lose health care services in the coming year as the state cuts Medicaid …


Director outlines Idaho’s gloomy Medicaid outlook

BOISE – Idaho’s Medicaid program is facing such a big potential shortfall next year that officials are considering using volunteers to help those who now rely on its services. State …


Idaho: Volunteers could help sick, poor

Idaho’s Medicaid program is facing such a big potential shortfall next year that officials are suggesting turning to volunteers to help out the disabled and others who now rely on …


Independent-minded Dunham dies at 83

Paul Dunham, the subject of a Spokesman-Review story Friday on the deeply held desire of many seniors to grow old in their own homes, died Monday. Dunham had lived in …


Health care options expand for when age saps independence

A neuromuscular disorder has diminished Paul Dunham’s robust 160-pound frame to a skeletal 83 pounds over the past two decades. Since he was diagnosed with the condition, little pieces of …


Care oversight office loses funding

The future of the state office charged with protecting the rights of residents of nursing homes and assisted-living centers is in doubt after officials learned it will lose a third …


Spokane’s Planned Parenthood fined by state

Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest will pay the state $345,000 after settling a 2009 audit that uncovered the clinic used incorrect codes and provided insufficient documentation for some claims …


Idaho to cut $8 million in Medicaid services

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is poised to make more than $8 million in cuts to Medicaid programs and services for low-income adults with severe mental illness and …


Hayden counselor sentenced for Medicaid fraud

A Hayden counselor found out the hard way that Idaho Medicaid doesn’t pay for rap concerts.


Medicaid program cuts back on Idaho dentists

Roughly 150 dentists have been cut from the Idaho program that provides dental services to Medicaid patients, and the dentists said that will make it harder for those people to …


CEO apologizes for Medicaid mess in Idaho

BOISE – Idaho expects to sort out its bungled Medicaid billing and get a backlog of claims processed within 60 days, state officials announced Monday, as the CEO of the …


CEO apologizes to Idaho for Medicaid mess

Idaho expects to sort out its bungled Medicaid billing changeover and get a backlog of providers paid within 60 days, state officials announced today, as the CEO of the firm …


Idaho Medicaid biller to fix glitches

LEWISTON – Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials say the state’s new contractor for Medicaid billing has agreed to fix glitches that have left Idaho providers unpaid, but they …


Medicaid system vexes providers

Some Idaho health care providers say they’re being financially stranded by the state’s new Medicaid claim processing system. Molina Medicaid Services took over the reimbursement system as Idaho’s contracted vendor …


No decision on Medicaid funds

An appeal to Congress this week from more than a dozen governors, including Washington’s Chris Gregoire, to approve more money for Medicaid patients appears to have fallen on deaf ears, …


Second special session might be needed, Gregoire says

OLYMPIA — Washington may need another special session of the Legislature if Congress doesn’t come through with some $480 million in higher payments for Medicaid, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.


Washington state launches Medicaid system

State officials are hoping their switch to a new, $161 million computerized billing and payment system for Medicaid goes smoothly, avoiding glitches that can accompany major computer projects. The ProviderOne …


The high cost of living

Jim Sinnott survived Pearl Harbor, joined his nation in picking up the pieces of that shattered day and helped his generation forge a more secure world for the next. Japanese …


Medicaid clients to get service cards

About 183,000 people on Medicaid in Spokane and northeastern Washington will receive service cards replacing monthly paper coupons beginning this week.


Walgreens: No new Washington Medicaid patients

Walgreens has told Washington state officials that it will no longer fill prescriptions for new Medicaid patients as of April 16 because it isn’t being reimbursed enough by the state.


Gregoire counting on federal cash

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said she’s confident the federal government will come up with $435 million for Medicaid reimbursements over the next 18 months, easing somewhat the cuts the …


State funds offer healthy savings

When it came time for dental hygiene student Dana Tasche to be tested on Friday, her professors at Eastern Washington University’s Riverpoint Campus found some teeth that really needed work. …


Walgreen’s fights drop in Medicaid payments

Walgreen Co. said it will stop filling Medicaid prescriptions at about half of its pharmacies in Washington next month because of continued reimbursement reductions. Walgreen’s, the largest drugstore chain in …


Eyeglasses program has blurry prognosis

Looming Washington state budget cuts could erase a program that puts eyeglasses on 69,000 poor people. It’s among the stark choices legislators face this month when they convene in Olympia …


Senate’s 10-year health fix would cost US $856B

Sen. Max Baucus on Wednesday released the much-awaited Finance Committee version of an American health-system remake — a landmark $856 billion, 10-year measure that starts a rough ride through Congress …