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States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

If Congress reauthorizes CHIP funding, states are in the clear. But they can’t bank on it yet, and states have to prepare to shut down if the funding doesn’t come through.

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People with disability have a lot to offer employers

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
People with disability have a lot to offer employers

People with disability are more likely to be unemployed or economically inactive. And even if they are employed, they are more likely to be underemployed and have poor quality jobs including lower perceived fairness of pay.

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Allergens widespread in US homes, NIH study finds

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Allergens widespread in US homes, NIH study finds

Factors contributing to elevated bedroom allergen levels include presence of pets and pests, type of housing, and living in rural areas. Individual allergens vary by geographic area.

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Pre-cut fruit linked to local Salmonella outbreak

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pre-cut fruit linked to local Salmonella outbreak

The Department of Health announced today a Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe in both Washington and Oregon.

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Are short-term plans better than nothing at all?

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are short-term plans better than nothing at all?

As premiums rise and some middle-class families feel they can’t bear the costs of a more secure Obamacare plan with its coverage guarantees, brokers and agencies have unveiled a slew of alternatives. But advocates warn shoppers to carefully read the fine print and understand what they’re buying. The plans might not cover what you think.

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HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

The numbers of new HIV diagnoses in King County are at their lowest level since 1998 and at the lowest level in Washington state since 1985. Much of the progress in declining infections has stemmed from high rates of HIV testing, viral suppression, and from preventive use of medication to prevent HIV.

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Health insurance exchange signups brisk

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health insurance exchange signups brisk

Nearly 18,000 new customers have used Washington Healthplanfinder to select 2018 health coverage through the first four weeks of open enrollment. The number of new customers who have signed up since Nov. 1 represents a 43 percent increase over the same period last year.

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What gives with the rising cost of the pneumococcal vaccine?

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
What gives with the rising cost of the pneumococcal vaccine?

The vaccine’s formulation has remained mostly unchanged since its 2010 federal approval, but its price continues creeping up, increasing by about 5 or 6 percent most years. In just eight years, its cost has climbed by more than 50 percent.

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Seven ways you can protect yourself from outrageous medical bills

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seven ways you can protect yourself from outrageous medical bills

ProPublica has been documenting the myriad ways the health system wastes money on unnecessary services, often shifting the costs to consumers. But there are ways patients can protect themselves.

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A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

Experts estimate the U.S. health care system wastes $765 billion annually — about a quarter of all the money that’s spent. Of that, an estimated $210 billion goes to unnecessary or needlessly expensive care.

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