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Newly swamp deluge rural health clinics

August 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Newly swamp deluge rural health clinics

A patient visits the Shasta Community Health Center for an exam. (Delcie Strahan for Shasta Community Health Center) Obamacare expansion: a bumpy ride for rural health clinics By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News A network of clinics that serves low-income patients in rural Northern California is finally finding balance after being deluged with newly insured […]

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US begins Zika vaccine testing

August 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
US begins Zika vaccine testing

From the National Institutes of Health NIH begins testing investigational Zika vaccine in humans The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a clinical trial of a vaccine candidate intended to prevent Zika virus infection. The early-stage study will evaluate the experimental vaccine’s safety and […]

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Third Confirmed Case of Zika Virus in Snohomish County

August 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Third Confirmed Case of Zika Virus in Snohomish County

Teenager Exposed to Virus During Travel to Nicaragua A Snohomish County resident in her teens has tested positive for the Zika virus,  Snohomish Health District officials said Tuesday. She had recently traveled to Nicaragua, one of the areas known to have mosquitos infected with the Zika virus. The patient is not pregnant, officials said, and the […]

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SHOP can help you find insurance for your employees

August 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
SHOP can help you find insurance for your employees

If you run a small business, whether you have only one employee or 50, the SHOP Marketplace has coverage options that can work for your bottom line. Provide your employees with health and dental coverage in a way that makes sense for your business.  You can offer SHOP Marketplace coverage to your employees any time of year. The SHOP Marketplace […]

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Gun violence and mental health laws, 50 years after Texas tower sniper

August 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Gun violence and mental health laws, 50 years after Texas tower sniper

By Lauren Silverman, KERA Kaiser Health News For some people, the attack on police officers by a gunman in Dallas this summer brought to mind another attack by a sniper in Austin 50 years ago — on Aug. 1, 1966. That’s when student Charles Whitman stuck his rifle over the edge of the clock tower […]

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Amid psychiatric bed shortage, mentally ill face long waits

August 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Amid psychiatric bed shortage, mentally ill face long waits

By Michael Ollove Stateline Across the country, a critical shortage of state psychiatric beds is forcing mentally ill patients with severe symptoms to be held in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for a bed, sometimes for weeks. Mental health advocates, attorneys and judges say the practice, known as psychiatric boarding, prevents patients […]

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Top Ten Washington hospitals – US News & World Report

August 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Top Ten Washington hospitals – US News & World Report

US News & World Report released its national hospital rankings. The magazine ranked University of Washington Medical Center as top hospital in the state. Top ranked: University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle Nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties High Performing in 8 procedures/conditions 2. Providence Sacred Hearth Medical Center And Children’s Hospital, Spokane 3. Providence […]

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Florida travel warning issued for pregnant women after more Zika cases | Reuters

August 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Florida travel warning issued for pregnant women after more Zika cases | Reuters

U.S. health officials warned pregnant women to avoid traveling to a neighborhood in Miami on Monday after Florida said it had 10 more cases of Zika caused by the bite of local mosquitoes, bringing the total to 14. Source: Florida travel warning issued for pregnant women after more Zika cases | Reuters

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Breastfeeding and insurance: learn your rights

August 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Breastfeeding and insurance: learn your rights

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner This week is World Breastfeeding Week, when people from all over the world celebrate breastfeeding. It may surprise you to hear that there’s a connection between breastfeeding and insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to provide breastfeeding and lactation support, equipment and counseling to women during […]

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Opioid epidemic leads to ‘tsunami’ of medical services, study

August 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Opioid epidemic leads to ‘tsunami’ of medical services, study

By July Appleby Kaiser Health News In one of the first looks at privately insured patients with opioid problems, researchers paint a grim picture: Medical services for people with opioid dependence diagnoses skyrocketed more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014. The study considers a huge cohort of people who have either job-based insurance or […]

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