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Health insurance Navigators will be everywhere this season

Health insurance Navigators will be everywhere this season

By Keith Seinfeld Public Health – Seattle & King County The past three years have proven historic for improving health insurance coverage across America – and especially in King County. Enrollment efforts led by Public Health—Seattle & King County helped push the county’s rate of uninsured adults below eight percent – cutting the rate more […]

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare annual open enrollment starts Oct. 15, SHIBA can help!

Medicare annual open enrollment starts Oct. 15, SHIBA can help!

From the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner OLYMPIA, Wash. – Medicare’s open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans starts this Saturday, Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. The Washington state insurance commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program is geared up to provide help in your […]

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Love it or hate it, Obamacare has expanded coverage for millions

Love it or hate it, Obamacare has expanded coverage for millions

By Jim Marton and Charles Courtemanche From Georgia State University Originally published on The Conversation The most significant pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” were implemented in 2014. These include expanding Medicaid in many states, the establishment of insurance exchanges with subsidized coverage and the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance. One […]

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Studies link cancer patient’s survival time to insurance status

Studies link cancer patient’s survival time to insurance status

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Privately insured people with two types of cancer were diagnosed earlier and lived longer than those who were uninsured or were covered by Medicaid, according to two new studies. In one study, researchers examined data from more than 13,600 adult patients who had glioblastoma multiforme, the most common type […]

September 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Family members who care for elderly relatives need help too – study

Family members who care for elderly relatives need help too – study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Elderly Americans’ well-being is at risk unless the U.S. does much more to help millions of family caregivers who sacrifice their own health, finances and personal lives to look out for loved ones, reported a study released Tuesday. Nearly 18 million people care for a relative older than 65 […]

September 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seniors benefit when they get to call the shots for assistance – study

Seniors benefit when they get to call the shots for assistance – study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News A federally funded project that researchers say has potential to promote aging in place began by asking low-income seniors with disabilities how their lives at home could be better, according to a study released Wednesday. At the end of the program, 75 percent of participants were able to perform […]

September 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cardiac rehab improves health, but cost and access issues can limit success

Cardiac rehab improves health, but cost and access issues can limit success

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Mario Oikonomides credits a massive heart attack when he was 38 for sparking his love of exercise, which he says helped keep him out of the hospital for decades after. While recovering, he did something that only a small percentage of patients do: He signed up for a medically […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

By Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind. Dozens of elderly men and women — some in wheelchairs, […]

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

By Jen Fifield Stateline ROCKVILLE, Md. — Ever since she was 4, when a caregiver force-fed her with a spoon, Caroline Munro has not let anyone feed her but her mother. The 22-year-old has cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability. She doesn’t speak and functions at a preschool level. Her mother, Beth Munro, feeds her […]

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
1965: The year that brought civil rights to the nation’s hospitals

1965: The year that brought civil rights to the nation’s hospitals

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News In his new book, David Barton Smith takes us back to the mid-1960s, when a small band of civil rights activists-cum-government bureaucrats toiled to get the nascent Medicare program up and running. In the process, they profoundly changed the way health care is delivered in this country. It stands in […]

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More