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How a shutdown might affect your health

How a shutdown might affect your health

A government shutdown would have far-reaching effects for public health, including the nation’s response to the current, difficult flu season. It could also disrupt some federally supported health services.

January 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday.

January 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

Canada will spend about 11.5 percent of its gross domestic product on health care this year. The United States will spend almost twice that, 18 percent. Yet life expectancy in Canada is greater than that seen in the US.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Unless Congress provides funding before the end of the year, many of the nation’s 9,800 community health clinics will face service cuts or closure — potentially crippling a vital part of the health system that provides care in poor and underserved communities across every state.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

Democrats and Republicans actually agree on many solutions when it comes to stabilizing markets and preventing premium increases. Rather than wasting time on issues that divide us, we should prioritize finding common ground and moving the ball in the right direction.

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump told Time magazine recently that “in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care.” Not really. Among the president’s more questionable claims was his description of the House-passed health bill as “You’re going to have absolute coverage.” The last full estimate from the Congressional Budget Office predicted that a previous version of the bill would result in 24 million fewer people with insurance after 10 years.

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

As the American Health Care Act moves toward the Senate, many people around the country are reacting to it. Among them, people with preexisting conditions who worry about losing their coverage.

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Learn how to avoid falling victim to fraud at free event on Feb. 15

Learn how to avoid falling victim to fraud at free event on Feb. 15

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner and AARP are hosting a free event in Puyallup on Feb. 15 where people can learn ways to avoid becoming victims of fraud. Seating is limited and registration is required. Free breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by presentations and free Medicare counseling. The event wraps up at […]

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
White House pulls ads encouraging people to enroll for ACA health insurance

White House pulls ads encouraging people to enroll for ACA health insurance

The political news website Politico reports that the Trump administration has pulled the plug on all Obamacare outreach and advertising in the crucial final days of the 2017 enrollment season. Even ads that had already been placed and paid for have been pulled, sources within the Department of Health and Humans Services told the website. […]

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

By Richard Harris, NPR News Kaiser Health News The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive. Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught […]

December 24, 2016 | By | Reply More