health care

Washington Budget Cuts
5:45 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Public Health Official: More State Cuts Could Delay Disease Warnings

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Washington.
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WaOLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington legislature has three weeks to rebalance the state budget. One way House Democrats propose to do that is to eliminate a series of payments that currently go to cities and counties. That proposal emerged Tuesday. Reaction from local governments was swift.

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Health Care
4:59 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Madigan Investigates PTSD Diagnosis Problems

Madigan Army Medical Center located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington.
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The head of Madigan Army Medical Center south of Tacoma has been removed from his post. The administrative action comes as the Medical Center investigates whether soldiers had their diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder reversed to reduce the cost of a medical retirement.

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Women's Rights
6:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Abortion Bill Clears Washington State House

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia
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The Washington State House has passed a bill that requires insurance companies that cover maternity services to also include procedures to terminate pregnancies. Women in Washington State already have access to abortion services. The bill attempts to preserve the status quo.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back
6:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Washington Coalition Push for Drug Take-Back Program

A bill in the Wash. Legislature is aimed getting expired prescription drugs out of circulation.
Photo by Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The abuse of old prescription drugs has been a leading cause of accidental overdosing deaths. Now there’s a bill in the State Legislature aimed getting expired meds out of circulation. But the proposal is in danger of dying, unless it moves forward in the Senate. Ruby de Luna reports.

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Mentally Ill Youth
6:50 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Wash. Lawmaker Pushes ‘Evidence-Based’ Treatments For Mentally Ill Youth

Washington State Representative Mary Lou Dickerson
Photo Source: Washington State Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. – “Talk therapy” may work in some cases. But a Washington state lawmaker says it’s time to invest in evidence-based programs to treat mentally ill youth. This past fall we brought you a series of stories on failures in how the Northwest treats young people with serious mental health issues. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this update from Olympia.

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Murray urges continued support for womens health
5:04 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Murray Tells Supporters to Stay Vigilant About Women's Health

Photo Source: United States Senate

Initially the press conference was to denounce the Komen Foundation’s plans to cut Planned Parenthood’s funding. But when the foundation backed off after days of public criticism, Senator Murray revised her message. She stood outside the Seattle Planned Parenthood office, and thanked supporters for voicing their outcry.

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Unicare used unapproved methods to determine rates
6:43 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Insurer Fined For Charging Wash. Students Incorrect Rates

Washington State University students were among those charged incorrect rates by Unicare Life and Health Insurance.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state insurance commissioner has fined an Indiana company $100,000 for charging Washington college students the wrong rates.

Unicare Life and Health Insurance sold over 8,000 insurance policies, primarily to international students, between 2004 and 2009. Most were short-term policies costing an average of $80 a month. The problem is, the company used unapproved methods to determine those rates. Unicare also excluded people from coverage whom they shouldn’t have. Rich Roesler is a spokesperson for the state’s insurance office.

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