Steve Jackson

News Assignment Editor; Morning Edition Host

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999.  His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR.  “It was a different world on the weekends at night here.  There was a lot of interplay between shows and producers, and live jam sessions on the air.”  Now, Steve is the voice of local weather and news during Morning Edition, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC.  He also makes the morning coffee.  Aside from SPR, Steve is a simple, dirt farmer who enjoys gardening, chickens, music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.  He plays acoustic and electric guitar and is proud to say that his mom listens to him every day.

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Community Health Plan of Washington


There is a new volunteer effort underway to help alleviate a physician shortage here in Washington.

The effort is spearheaded by the Community Health Plan of Washington, a community-governed, local not-for-profit health plan.

The group offers managed care to Medicaid and Medicare members across the state.

The organization has teamed up with the Maven project, which has organized retired and semi-retired physicians to volunteer their time by providing medical consultation services to primary care providers at community health centers.

The Washington legislature provided some financing this session to study a health care alternative.

Lawmakers allocated 100 thousand dollars to pay for a study to look at how a “single payer” health care system could be put together in the state.

Single Payer advocate and spokeswoman for the group “Health Care for All” Jessa Lewis says the study will be conducted by the non-partisan Washington State Institute for Public Policy:

The Trump Administration is proposing to allow short-term health insurance plans to run as long as 364 days, up from the previous limit of just 3 months, put in place by  the Obama administration.

But Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler thinks that is a bad idea.

Kreidler says many of the short-term medical plans do not have to comply with requirements of the Affordable Care Act:

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Democrat Jessa Lewis has announced her intention to run for the Washington state Senate seat being vacated by Republican Michael Baumgartner.

Washington Insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler is hopeful a measure dealing with out of network expenses for medical insurance will be approved by the Washington state legislature by Friday.

The bill would help deal with what’s not an uncommon occurrence. a patient has surgery that's performed in an in-network facility by an in-network physician, but involves specialists or other providers who are out-of network.

Kreidler says HB 2114 would address the problem by making out-of-network providers and insurance carriers negotiate a price and keep the patient out of it.