health care

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.

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. 

It was a rocky start to Obamacare in Washington. The state’s new health insurance website is up now, but it was shut down for most of the day because of technical glitches.

If you got sick, you probably wouldn't go to an evolutionary biologist to get treated. But Daniel Lieberman, professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard University, says that his field can help you understand why you got sick, and make you more aware of healthy and harmful behaviors.

It could cost the state of Washington more than $250 million over 30 lease and operate the former headquarters of

Thousands Curious About Cover Oregon

Sep 25, 2013

Thousands of Oregonians are beginning to check out the state's new health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.

Inslee Says Healthcare Act Rollout Is On Track

Sep 25, 2013
Office Of The Governor

Despite Republican efforts to block the healthcare reform plan known as Obamacare, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee says he’s confident the plan is moving forward.

Franciscan Health System

Telemedicine has been around for a long time to connect rural health care providers to specialists in the big city. This month, Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System took telemedicine to a broader realm. It became one of the first hospital networks in the country to offer "virtual" urgent care. A video chat could replace a hectic trip to a medical clinic for a patient who prefers this convenience.

Health Exchange Call Center Opens In Spokane

Sep 3, 2013

Washington’s health exchange, the online market for health plans doesn’t open until October 1st. But people with questions can contact the exchange’s call center starting Tuesday. The Spokane based call center opened at 7:30 this morning.

In 2009, the state was sued by advocates representing children on Medicaid who have schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses. The advocates argued that the Department of Social and Health Services wasn’t providing sufficient home based services to help keep them stable.