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‘Not turning back’: California governor vows to protect state’s health care

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Not turning back’: California governor vows to protect state’s health care

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News In an unusually impassioned speech, Gov. Jerry Brown vowed Tuesday to protect California’s health care gains under Obamacare against Republican attempts in Washington, D.C., to roll them back. “More than any other state, California has embraced the Affordable Care Act,” Brown told state legislators and appointees in his annual […]

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Number of mumps cases in Washington state nears 300

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Number of mumps cases in Washington state nears 300

Update on the Mumps outbreak in Washington State From the Washington State Department of Health. The Washington State Department of Health reports that the number of mumps cases in the state’s current outbreak has risen to 278. Health officials are urging people across the state to take precautions to help stop the spread of mumps […]

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Few primary care physicians favor full repeal of Obamacare, survey

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Few primary care physicians favor full repeal of Obamacare, survey

Repeal all of Obamacare? Primary care physicians not in favor, survey Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine  — Results of a random sample survey of 426 primary care physicians by a team of researchers found that the majority does not support repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in its entirety, and the percentage […]

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US death rates rise among whites and American Indians, fall among Hispanics, blacks and Asian/Pacific Islanders

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
US death rates rise among whites and American Indians, fall among Hispanics, blacks and Asian/Pacific Islanders

Death rates among 25-49 year olds in the United States. From the National Institutes of Health Premature death rates have declined in the United States among Hispanics, blacks, and Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs)  but increased among whites and American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), according to a comprehensive study of premature death rates for the entire U.S. population […]

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How do we measure well-being?

January 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
How do we measure well-being?

By Henry S. Richardson, Georgetown University and Erik Schokkaert, University of Leuven Opinions differ on the definition of well-being. Yet there’s a growing consensus that it cannot be reduced to material consumption and that other aspects of life, such as health and good social relations, are essential to being well. Increasing well-being is generally accepted as […]

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Seattle area moves closer to legalized heroin shooting galleries

January 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seattle area moves closer to legalized heroin shooting galleries

By Sarah Breitenbach Stateline King County, Washington, could soon be home to the country’s first legal heroin shooting galleries. According to the Seattle Times, the health board there has unanimously given preliminary approval for at least two heroin injection sites in the county, which is home to 2 million people and includes the city of Seattle. […]

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Athlete-turned-trucker works to improve trucker’s health

January 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Athlete-turned-trucker works to improve trucker’s health

By Alex Smith, KCU Kaiser Health News On a chilly winter morning, dozens of truck driver trainees file into a classroom at the headquarters of Prime Inc., a trucking company based in Springfield, Mo. At the front is Siphiwe Baleka, an energetic former swimming champion in his mid-40s. He delivers grim news about trucker health […]

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Everything you need to know about block grants – the heart of GOP’s plans for Medicaid

January 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Everything you need to know about block grants – the heart of GOP’s plans for Medicaid

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News President Donald Trump’s administration made explicit this weekend its commitment to an old GOP strategy for managing Medicaid, the federal-state insurance plan that covers low-income people — turning control of the program to states and capping what the federal government spends on it each year. It’s called “block granting.” Right […]

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Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

By Public Health Insider Public Health – Seattle & King County We recently launched our first-of-its kind food safety rating system, and we look forward to rolling it out over the course of the next year. One unique component of our approach to providing residents with easy-to-use signage is our adoption of a rating “curve,” or adjustment of […]

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Uninsured? There’s still time (and good reason) to sign up for 2017 coverage

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uninsured? There’s still time (and good reason) to sign up for 2017 coverage

By Lindsay Bosslet Public Health – Seattle & King County The Affordable Care Act (affectionately, “Obamacare”) may be repealed and replaced under the new federal administration, but there’s still time to take advantage of it. In fact, if you sign up by January 31, you should feel confident that your coverage will remain intact for the rest of […]

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