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Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

But when Aryanna Guadalupe Sanchez-Rios arrived — 5 pounds, 10 ounces, with a cap of straight, dark hair — it was clear that Rios’ fears had been realized. The baby’s head was far smaller than normal — 27 centimeters instead of the typical 35 centimeter.

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Out of work and looking for insurance? COBRA may be the best bet for now.

Out of work and looking for insurance? COBRA may be the best bet for now.

I just lost my job, and I can either sign up to buy the same coverage through COBRA or go into a marketplace plan. COBRA is really expensive — $800 a month for me — but I’m worried that anything I buy on the marketplace now might disappear or be unaffordable next year. What’s the best way to go?

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
If insurance market crashes, can lawmakers put the pieces back together?

If insurance market crashes, can lawmakers put the pieces back together?

In his high-stakes strategy to overhaul the federal health law, President Donald Trump is threatening to upend the individual health insurance market with several key policies. But if the market actually breaks, could anyone put it back together again?

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two cases of rabies in bats found in Snohomish County

Two cases of rabies in bats found in Snohomish County

Anyone who might have been bitten, scratched or simply sleeping in a room where a bat is later found should contact the Snohomish Health District’s Communicable Disease team at 425.339.5278.

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Klickitat and Grays Harbor counties have no insurers on health exchange

Klickitat and Grays Harbor counties have no insurers on health exchange

Eleven health insurers file for 2018 individual market in 37 counties, leaving two with no coverage “I’m deeply troubled by the changes we’re seeing for next year’s health insurance market,” said Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “The proposed drop in insurers and coverage areas clearly indicates to me that the uncertainty the Trump administration […]

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As insurance options shrink, families are ‘holding our breath’

As insurance options shrink, families are ‘holding our breath’

The Trump administration has not committed to continuing a program that reduces deductibles and copayments for some low-income families. The program reimbursed insurers $7 billion in 2016. Without the funds, insurers and analysts say, premiums could rise 15 to 20 percent on top of other proposed hikes. The ACA’s uncertain fate in Congress has added to the concerns.

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Quantity over quality? Minorities shown to get an excess in ineffective care

Quantity over quality? Minorities shown to get an excess in ineffective care

Minority patients face a double whammy: Not only are they more likely to miss out on effective medical treatments than white patients, but they’re also more likely to receive an abundance of ineffective services.

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
As little as 10-15 minutes of vigorous daily exercise may have heart-health benefits

As little as 10-15 minutes of vigorous daily exercise may have heart-health benefits

Whether you want to reduce your risk for heart disease, or just improve your overall health, interval training may be an excellent option, says Dr. Drew Baldwin, MD, and Interventional Cardiologist at Virginia Mason

June 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
When an insurer balks and treatment stops

When an insurer balks and treatment stops

Gillen Washington, a student at Northern Arizona University, had been getting medication for an immunodeficiency disease since 2011. But when he went to his clinic in November 2014 for the monthly dose, a nurse told him his insurance company had denied it.

June 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Officials urge people who may have been exposed to TB on UW campus to be tested

Officials urge people who may have been exposed to TB on UW campus to be tested

Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on a person at the University of Washington Seattle campus who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). The University and Public Health are contacting all individuals who had enough exposure to the patient to warrant screening for TB infection.

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More