health care

Tanning Salons
6:30 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Northwest Lawmakers Continue Fight Against Indoor Tanning

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:42 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Research shows if you use a tanning bed before the age of 35, you are more likely to get skin cancer. That’s why legislators in Washington, Oregon and Idaho have been considering proposals to bar teenagers from indoor tanning salons. A bill in the Washington legislature to do this has died for the fourth year. But the idea is still alive in Salem and Boise.

Jessica Hewlett is just 22 years old and already a cancer survivor. Last March, her primary doctor sent her to a dermatologist because of a mole on her stomach.

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Oregon Health System
4:45 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Oregon Seen As Health Care Model For Other States

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

Governor John Kitzhaber says the feds are calling Oregon's health system a model for other states. Money goes along with that.

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Abortion Coverage Bill
4:26 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Fate Of Abortion Coverage Bill Uncertain In Washington Senate

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:37 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. − A bill to require insurance companies to offer plans that cover maternity services and abortions passed the Washington House Friday. It is unclear, however, whether the legislation will make it through the Senate’s Republican-majority caucus. Majority Leader Rodney Tom has said he doesn’t want to vote on divisive social issues.

In the House debate, Rep. Laurie Jinkins said this bill would provide options for abortion coverage after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented.

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Oregon Health Workers
6:45 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Community Health Workers Aim To Save Oregon Money And Improve Care

Health care eats up a lot of money. The aim of the Affordable Care Act is to help reduce the cost and increase access.

In Oregon, the state has embarked on an ambitious journey to improve health outcomes while trimming expenses. It’s being done through CCOs or Coordinated Care Organizations. One aspect is the use of community health workers, who visit patients in their homes to try and prevent costly trips to the emergency room.

KLCC’s Angela Kellner introduces us to one Springfield woman who now thinks of her community health worker as a son.

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Child Vaccinations
6:29 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Bill Would Make Exempting Children From Vaccinations More Difficult

SALEM, Ore. – A bill in Salem would make it harder for Oregon parents to opt out of immunizing their children. Virginia Alvino reports.

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Medical Malpractice Insurance
4:50 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Oregon Senate Panel Advances Medical Malpractice Legislation

Jessica Paterson Flickr

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:09 pm

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon Senate panel has given the initial go-ahead to a measure aimed at reducing the cost of medical malpractice insurance. The proposal would set up a mediation system aimed at heading off costly litigation between injured patients and their doctors.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber testified in favor of the plan Thursday. He held up a signed agreement between two long-feuding rival groups.

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Healthcare Costs
6:23 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Washington State Pays For More Than Half Of Births

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:42 pm

SHELTON, Wash. - It’s one of the most vexing problems state lawmakers face: how to curb the rising cost of healthcare. In Washington, there’s one specific line item in the healthcare budget that’s startling, but few at the Capitol are talking about: taxpayers now foot the bill for more than half of all births in Washington. But why is that number is so high?

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Hispanic Health
6:32 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Report: Idaho Latinos Face Disparities In Weight, Health Care

A new report finds Latinos in Idaho are struggling with many of the same health problems as the rest of the state’s population, but to an even worse extent. The wide-ranging demographic study is intended to guide policymakers on issues that affect Hispanics.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:14 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Washington Governor Urges Expansion Of Medicaid 'Quickly'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 3:50 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants state lawmakers to move “quickly” to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. At a news conference Wednesday, the Democratic governor described expansion as a “no brainer” that will save the state money.

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Oregon Health Care
4:14 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Universal Health Care Advocates Say Insurance Expansion Isn’t Enough

Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:45 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon is working to expand medical coverage under the federal health care overhaul. But advocates of universal health care say it doesn’t go far enough. They rallied on the steps of the state capitol in Salem Monday -- the first day of work for the 2013 legislative session.

Among the rally's speakers was Wes Brain from southern Oregon. He said he has had cancer, and his daughter died of Leukemia four years ago. He believes there were unnecessary barriers for her treatment.

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