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For rural veterans, new approaches for health care

For rural veterans, new approaches for health care

The idea of shuttling veterans to and from their appointments is not new. But the Volunteers of America North Louisiana program was different: It used paid drivers, picked rural veterans up at their homes, and transported veterans in wheelchairs, which the other program does not do.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘If you hemorrhage, don’t clean up’: Advice from mothers who almost died

‘If you hemorrhage, don’t clean up’: Advice from mothers who almost died

Every day in the U.S., two to three women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes, including preeclampsia, hemorrhage, infection, blood clots and cardiac problems — the highest rate of maternal mortality among wealthy nations. As many as 60 percent of these deaths are preventable, a new report suggests; more than half occur after delivery.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hot weather safety – tips from the Washington State Department of Health

Hot weather safety – tips from the Washington State Department of Health

Severe heat may cause illness or even death. When temperatures rise to extreme highs, reduce risks by taking the following precautions.

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Inslee names Cheryl Strange secretary of DSHS

Inslee names Cheryl Strange secretary of DSHS

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Cheryl Strange secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services.

Strange has served as chief executive officer of Western State Hospital since April 2016. Strange replaces acting DSHS secretary Bill Moss.

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
California Valley Fever cases highest on record

California Valley Fever cases highest on record

The number of Valley Fever cases in California rose to a record level in 2016, with 5,372 reported — a jump of 71 percent from the previous year. The fungal infection, known as coccidioidomycosis, or “cocci,” is most common in the southern portion of the Valley and along the Central Coast of California.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

New research indicates that pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are benign or highly malignant, but often disagree when gray-area lesions are less obviously characterized.

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
“E-DUI” ticketing begins Sunday

“E-DUI” ticketing begins Sunday

Beginning July 23, it will be against the law for Washington drivers to use hand-held electronics while they are driving. This includes all electronic devices—cell phones, tablets, laptops and video games. Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on your record and be reported to your insurance company.

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

If it becomes law, the draft Better Care Reconcilliation Act proposed by the U.S. Senate could cause an estimated 1.45 million jobs to disappear by 2026 and trigger an economic downturn in all but one state.

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate bill would revamp Medicaid, alter ACA guarantees, cut premium support

Senate bill would revamp Medicaid, alter ACA guarantees, cut premium support

The bill would dramatically transform the nation’s Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law’s tax credits that help lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down changes to some of the law’s coverage guarantees.

June 23, 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