health care

Northwest Healthcare
5:46 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Online Hiccups Turn Health Care Sign-Ups Old School

New hires train to take calls at Washington's health exchange call center in Spokane Valley.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

It's hard to find anyone who orders anything by phone or through the mail any more, unless they're signing up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act. With all the online snags in the first month, people are turning to some decidedly old school methods. And some managers in the northwest say snail mail and the phone are the best workarounds for the time being.

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Pacific Tower Repurposing
6:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Terms And Cost Of Pacific Tower Lease Raise Questions

Pacific Tower is a 14-story former public hospital that the state plans to lease for 30 years for a health college and center for non-profits.
Credit Austin Jenkins

The state of Washington is about to make a major real estate decision that supporters say will transform healthcare training for the next generation. The deal has also been called “a nightmare.” We’re talking about a proposed lease of Seattle’s Pacific Tower - former headquarters of Amazon dot com. Powerful interests – including Washington’s Speaker of the House – want to turn the Seattle landmark into a training center for future health care workers and a hub for non-profits. But internal state agency documents raise serious questions about the terms and cost of the deal.

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Medical Care Expenses
7:20 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Union Aims Slate Of Initiatives At Hospitals

A showdown may be looming over the cost of hospital care on the Oregon ballot next year. A union that represents health care workers filed five initiative petitions Monday that could set up a costly election battle next year.

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Violence Reports at State Mental Hospitals
6:53 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Violence A 'Contant Disruption' At State's Mental Hospitals

The main entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash.
Credit KUOW/John Ryan

A new report says violence is a “constant disruption” at Washington state’s two main psychiatric hospitals. But the CEO of the state’s biggest mental hospital isn't sold on some of the findings.

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Health Impacts of Climate Change
5:24 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Multnomah County Prepares For The Health Impacts Of Climate Change

Portland's Multnomah County today released a plan for responding to the health impacts of climate change.

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Washington Healthcare Exchanges
5:16 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Early Numbers From WA Health Exchange

Credit Credit Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Washington State’s Health Exchange is one week old. To date more than 9,400 people enrolled for health coverage.

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Washington Healthcare Exchanges
4:30 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Washington Health Plan Website 'Cruising At 55'

Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:00 pm

After a rocky start, Washington’s health plan finder website is now running smoothly. That’s according to a spokesman for the state’s Health Benefit Exchange.

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Washington Healthcare Exchanges
4:18 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

It's OK To Wait A Few Days For Healthcare Exchange Sign-Up

Things are went a little more smoothly Wednesday for Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange website than the first day of operation.

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Washington Health Care
7:14 am
Wed October 2, 2013

ACA's Early Enrollees

Washington’s health exchange got off to a bumpy start on its first day Tuesday. The website was temporarily shut down all morning. People who tried to access the website experienced slowdowns and technical problems. But there were some people who managed avoid the glitches and sign up for health coverage.

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Northwest Healthcare Exchanges
3:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Oregon and Washington Health Exchanges Face Problems On First Day

Health care exchanges in Oregon and Washington are facing problems on their first day of operation. Applications at Cover Oregon won't be fully processed for a week or so. 

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