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Scrapping ‘essential benefits’ may be biggest health care change

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Scrapping ‘essential benefits’ may be biggest health care change

Eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s “essential health benefits” could affect almost everybody, including the 156 million Americans who receive health coverage through their employers.

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‘Boot Camp’ helps Alzheimer’s, dementia caregivers take care of themselves, too

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‘Boot Camp’ helps Alzheimer’s, dementia caregivers take care of themselves, too

The boot camps help people caring for patients with dementia learned how to manage stress, make their homes safe and handle difficult patient behaviors. They also learned how to keep their loved ones engaged, with card games, crossword puzzles or music.

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Medicare failed to investigate suspicious infection reports from 96 hospitals

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Medicare failed to investigate suspicious infection reports from 96 hospitals

Almost 100 hospitals reported suspicious data on dangerous infections to Medicare officials, but the agency did not follow up or examine any of the cases in depth, according to a report by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office.

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Ads target Republicans who voted for House health bill

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ads target Republicans who voted for House health bill

Opponents of the Republican health care bill, the American Health Care Act, are targeting 24 vulnerable Republican representatives who voted for the legislation.

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Washington ranked 10th best state for nurses

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Washington ranked 10th best state for nurses

The financial website WalletHub has ranked Washington the 10th best state for nurses based on an analysis that included salaries, job opportunities and work environment. Wisconsin was ranked No. 1. Hawaii, 50th and the District of Columbia, 51st.

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Suspected case of a rare disease linked to raccoon roundworms

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Suspected case of a rare disease linked to raccoon roundworms

Health experts suspect that a King County toddler may have contracted a very rare disease associated with accidental ingestion of eggs of the roundworm Baylisascaris found in dirt or other materials that have been contaminated by raccoon droppings.

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U.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county – Washington Post video

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U.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county – Washington Post video

Life expectancy is greatest in the high country of central Colorado, but in many pockets of the United States, life expectancy is more than 20 years lower, according to the report from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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As fentanyl spreads, states step up responses

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As fentanyl spreads, states step up responses

As the deadly illicit opioid fentanyl spreads, state and local governments are accelerating their public health and law enforcement responses.

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Why blue states might ditch beloved Obamacare protections

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Why blue states might ditch beloved Obamacare protections

Red, or GOP-leaning, states are sure to be interested in rolling back the law’s coverage requirements and freeing insurers to charge people more when they have preexisting conditions. But many deep-blue, heavily Democratic states supportive of Obamacare may be forced to do the same.

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85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

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85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

The Washington State Department of Health for the 2016-2017 school year, 85 percent of kindergartners had received the required vaccinations to start school Nearly 5 percent of kindergartners have an exemption or waiver from immunizations on file for a medical, personal, or religious reason.

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