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The leaders of Oregon's struggling health insurance exchange will be grilled by state lawmakers in a series of hearings at the capitol on Monday and Tuesday.

New figures on weight show Idaho stands out among Western states -- but not in the way public health officials would like. 

A lawyer for psychiatric patients who successfully challenged a practice known as “boarding” says the state of Washington doesn’t deserve extra time to start following mental health laws.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

This weekend Dave Matthews returns to the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington for his annual three-day concert. But it won't be much of a holiday for doctors at a local hospital.

Aidan Wakely-Mulroney / Flickr

The state of Washington will not have to start discharging severely mentally ill patients starting this week. The Supreme Court Monday put a hold on a recent ruling that says it’s illegal for the state to “board” psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds.

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The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it’s illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds.

Why Washington Is Changing How Women Labor To Avoid C-Sections

Aug 21, 2014
Emily Cameron

Public health officials across the U.S. say the number of cesarean sections being performed has gotten way out of hand. It's a life-saving surgery for complicated births, but today nearly a third of pregnancies end up as a C-section.

Can Midwives Help Reduce The Number Of C-Sections?

Aug 21, 2014
Gary Taylor / Whidbey General Hospital

There was a time when midwives delivered most babies. But in recent decades in the U.S., that practice has become the domain of obstetricians.

Labor Intensive: Letting Women Push Longer To Avoid C-Sections

Aug 20, 2014
Contributed photo

Public health officials across the U.S. say the number of cesarean sections being performed has gotten way out of hand. It's a life-saving surgery for complicated births, but today nearly a third of pregnancies end up as a C-section.

The state of Washington is scrambling to find beds for an estimated 200 mental health patients by August 27. That's when the state must comply with a Washington Supreme Court ruling that said detaining psychiatric patients in emergency room beds is unlawful.

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