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5:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Deadline Approaches For Healthcare Exchange Enrollment

You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges.
Credit wikimedia

You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges. And if you’re planning to do it online at the last minute, how easy that will be depends on where you live in the Northwest. 

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Medicaid
6:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Idaho's 2013 Medicaid Rolls At Highest Level Yet

The agency estimates up to 35-thousand more Idahoans could join Medicaid by the end of the year.
Credit Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare/ Emilie Ritter Saunders

The number of low-income Idahoans on Medicaid increased 3.5 percent in 2013, a figure the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says marks a slow-down in growth of the program. On average, 236,352 Idahoans were signed up for Medicaid each month of 2013. That's the highest average monthly enrollment the state has ever recorded.

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Northwest Healthcare
4:05 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera 'Guts' Consumer Protection Bill

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler
Washington OIC

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 3:38 pm

Washington’s Insurance Commissioner wants to notify consumers if their insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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Midwife Licenses
5:24 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Midwives Say Idaho Licensing Law Has Brought The Practice Out Of The Shadows

A midwife uses a fetoscope on a patient.
kc7fys Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:19 pm

Idaho started licensing midwives in 2010 under the Midwifery Practice Act so midwives could deliver babies in homes and at birthing centers legally. 

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Cancer Research
5:02 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

OHSU Asks Oregon Lawmakers For Major Cancer Research Funding

File photo OHSU Hospital at Oregon Health
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:54 pm

Officials at Oregon's largest medical center want state lawmakers to help fund a massive expansion of their cancer research facility.

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Indoor Tanning
4:47 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Washington Senate Moves To Ban Indoor Tanning For Minors

The Washington Senate passed a bill that would restrict minors from using tanning salons.
Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The Washington Senate passed a bill this week that’s had a tough time in recent years -- even just reaching the floor for a vote.

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Faith Healing
5:03 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington Legislature

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:13 am

Christian Scientists who treat their sick children with faith healing, instead of medical care, have special protection under Washington law. But that could soon change.

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Healthcare Subsidies
5:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Health Exchange Glitch Means Hundreds of Washington Customers Won't Get Promised Subsidies

Nearly a thousand people who bought discounted health plans on Washington’s exchange have learned they won’t be getting their promised subsidies in January. Officials with the exchange blame technical problems. They say customers will get the subsidy when they do their taxes in 2015.

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STD Rates
5:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Little Progress In Fighting Spread Of Gonorrhea In Northwest

By the end of last year, gonorrhea cases had increased 123 percent over the previous year.

Public health officials in the Northwest say a series of gonorrhea outbreaks shows little sign of letting up. In fact, in some places, rates of the STD may be getting worse. The timing of the increases has experts worried.

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Health Insurance
4:49 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Oregon Contracts With First Data To Examine Cover Oregon Roll-Out

Governor John Kitzhaber says the state signed a contract Thursday, with a company for an independent assessment of the problems with Oregon's health insurance exchange website.

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