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Washington exchange plans to rise 8% on average for 2017

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington exchange plans to rise 8% on average for 2017

Premiums for the benchmark plans offered on Washington state’s health insurance exchange for next year will rise 8% on average, officials at the Washington Healthplanfinder said Wednesday. The increase is far less than the 25% average increase seen across the exchanges seen in the 38 states offering plans through Healthcare.gov, Enrollment through the exchanges, which were […]

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VA’s enlist pharmacists to cut waiting times

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
VA’s enlist pharmacists to cut waiting times

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News MADISON, WIS.— Something astonishing has happened in the past year to outpatient treatment at the Veterans Affairs hospital here. Vets regularly get next-day and even same-day appointments for primary care now, no longer waiting a month or more to see a doctor as many once did. The reason is they […]

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What would a public insurance option look like?

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
What would a public insurance option look like?

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The “public option,” which stoked fierce debate in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act, is making a comeback — at least among Democratic politicians. The proposal to create a government-funded health plan, one that might look like Medicare or Medicaid but would be open to everyone, is being […]

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7 things to consider when communicating about health – Tips from the CDC

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
7 things to consider when communicating about health – Tips from the CDC

CDC: 7 Things to Consider When Communicating About Health Trust: Will people trust the information? Who is the best source to put the information out Information: What information is necessary, and how will people find it? How much is enough, or too much? Motivation: How relevant is the information to the people we’re trying to reach? Environment: What are […]

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John Oliver’s take on America’s opioid epidemic

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
John Oliver’s take on America’s opioid epidemic

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Record gift to UW: $210M from Gates Foundation toward bold goal of improving world’s health | The Seattle Times

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Record gift to UW: $210M from Gates Foundation toward bold goal of improving world’s health | The Seattle Times

A bold initiative by the University of Washington to improve the health of all the world’s people is getting a big boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is writing a $210 million check to build a home for the project — the largest single donation the UW has ever received. The new building […]

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Seniors need dental care, but insurance coverage is rare

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seniors need dental care, but insurance coverage is rare

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Aging can take a toll on teeth, and for many seniors paying for dental services is a serious concern because they can’t rely on their Medicare coverage. Low-income seniors, in particular, are struggling. More than a third with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (about $23,000 […]

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As rural America ages, volunteers give a hand

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
As rural America ages, volunteers give a hand

By Jenni Bergal Stateline HARPSWELL, Maine — Dianna Haller loved her small, one-story home in this coastal fishing town, but it didn’t love her back. The living room floor was sagging. Snakes and mice were wriggling in through a gap under the front door. And mold was seeping in through a crawl space full of standing […]

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Will a study save victims of violence or gamble with their lives?

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Will a study save victims of violence or gamble with their lives?

By Aaron Moselle, WHYY Kaiser Health News Dr. Zoe Maher has never been busier. In addition to being a trauma surgeon and a new mom, she’s spent the last year and a half talking to hospital patients and community groups across Philadelphia about a study she’s confident will save more adult gunshot and stab wound […]

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Why it’s your job to get a flu shot – and call in sick if you do get the flu

October 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why it’s your job to get a flu shot – and call in sick if you do get the flu

By Patricia Schnabel Ruppert Originally published by TheConversation.com By Seasonal influenza is a major global health concern. Worldwide, annual influenza epidemics result in three to five million cases of severe illness, and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. In industrialized countries, most deaths associated with influenza occur among people age 65 or older, who are also 10-30 […]

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