health care

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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Cover Oregon
5:47 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Cover Oregon Hires Lawyer To Get Money From Software Company

Interim director Bruce Goldberg is trying to hold software giant Oracle accountable for failures of the Cover Oregon website.
Credit oregon.gov

Oregon's health insurance exchange is trying to hold software giant Oracle accountable for failures of the Cover Oregon website. But at the same time, the state also wants Oracle to keep working on the site.

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Washington Healthcare Exchanges
6:28 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Washington Health Exchange Is Making Progress As New Deadline Approaches

The holiday frenzy isn’t the only deadline looming. For people who expect to have health coverage when the new year starts, the deadline to enroll for a health plan is December 23rd. But signing up through the state’s health exchange has been rough for the last several days. As of Tuesday morning, the site is back up and running.

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Oregon Healthcare
5:04 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Oregon Insurance Officials Defend Health Plan Extensions

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:59 pm

Oregon's insurance commissioner is defending a decision to allow health insurance companies to keep policies in place for a year even if they don't comply with the Affordable Care Act.

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Cover Oregon
5:42 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Head Of Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Takes Medical Leave

The director of the Oregon Health Authority will take temporary control of the embattled health insurance exchange. Since Cover Oregon was supposed to start enrolling new customers on Oct. 1, Rocky King has faced substantial criticism.

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Oregon Discrimination
5:50 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Former Federal Employee In Oregon Awarded Back Pay For Discrimination

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner.
Credit Ken Lund / Flickr

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner. 

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