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Kaiser acquisition of Group Health approved

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Kaiser acquisition of Group Health approved

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today officially approved Kaiser Foundation Health Plan’s $1.8 billion acquisition of Group Health Cooperative (PDF,) “After an extensive and thorough review by my office, it’s clear that Kaiser met all of the legal requirements necessary for approval,” Kreidler said. “I’m satisfied Washington […]

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Budget scorekeepers say GOP plan would raise number of uninsured by 32 million

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Budget scorekeepers say GOP plan would raise number of uninsured by 32 million

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The bill considered the most likely prototype for partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act would result in as many as 32 million more people without health insurance and would double premiums in the individual insurance market, budget scorekeepers said Tuesday. The estimate by the Congressional Budget Office and […]

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New look for food safety ratings in restaurant windows

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
New look for food safety ratings in restaurant windows

By Carley Thompson Public Health – Seattle & King County Starting today, January 17th, restaurants will begin receiving their new food safety rating and window sign as they are routinely inspected. You may not see window signs in your neighborhood restaurant right away since restaurants will be rolled into the new system in four phases throughout 2017. Restaurants […]

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Less pain, more gain – improving health and fitness with minimal exercise

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Less pain, more gain – improving health and fitness with minimal exercise

By Richard Metcalfe, University of Ulster and Niels Vollaard, University of Stirling When it comes to exercise, if there was a way to get more health benefits by doing less, then it’s likely a lot of people would be interested. This is probably the reason that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) gets a lot of attention. HIIT […]

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GOP vows to defund Planned Parenthood, but reality makes that hard

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP vows to defund Planned Parenthood, but reality makes that hard

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News If “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act is Republicans’ job one, defunding Planned Parenthood is a close second. In fact, the two priorities might be paired. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Jan. 5 that efforts to defund the organization “would be in our reconciliation bill,” […]

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Large employer health plans could also see impacts from Obamacare overhaul

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Large employer health plans could also see impacts from Obamacare overhaul

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News If you think that because you get health insurance through your job at a big company, you won’t be affected if Republicans overhaul Obamacare, think again. 

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As Obamacare repeal heats up, newly insured fret

January 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
As Obamacare repeal heats up, newly insured fret

By Michael Tomsic, WFAE Kaiser Health News Darlene Hawes lost her health insurance about a year after her husband died in 2012. Hawes, 55, is from Charlotte, N.C. She ended up going without insurance for a few years, but in 2015 she bought coverage on HealthCare.gov, the Affordable Care Act marketplace, with the help of […]

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Health claims for kids with type 2 diabetes, obesity-related conditions on the rise

January 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health claims for kids with type 2 diabetes, obesity-related conditions on the rise

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News It’s no secret that American children have gotten fatter in recent decades. Now a new study joins earlier research showing the consequences: A sharp rise in insurance claims for youth with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions more often associated with older adults. Claims for Type 2 diabetes […]

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Flu deaths climb to 8 in Snohomish County

January 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flu deaths climb to 8 in Snohomish County

Lab-confirmed flu deaths climb to 8 in Snohomish County New online resources as increased influenza symptoms and hospitalizations continue SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – With several months still to go, updated reports show that Snohomish County is on pace to set a record in the total number of hospitalizations this flu season. In addition to continued increases […]

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TB tests recommended for 240 at Hazen High School in Renton

January 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
TB tests recommended for 240 at Hazen High School in Renton

By James Apa Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on the report of a Hazen High School community member who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Public Health is working with the high school and Renton School District officials to define the extent of any potential TB exposures, conduct screenings […]

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