health care http://kuow.org en Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning http://kuow.org/post/health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-resigning Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.<p>If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.<p>Republicans <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/26/240839038/loyal-soldier-sebelius-vows-to-stay-put-fix-healthcare-gov">openly called for Sebelius' resignation</a>, but she vowed Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:25:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 32336 at http://kuow.org Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning Health Reform May Free People From 'Job Lock' http://kuow.org/post/health-reform-may-free-people-job-lock <p></p><p>One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to give access to people who currently don’t have health insurance.</p><p>Supporters see another benefit — to give people who dream of quitting their day jobs for a chance to become an entrepreneur. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:46:25 +0000 Ruby de Luna 32245 at http://kuow.org Health Reform May Free People From 'Job Lock' What To Do If You Still Don't Have Health Insurance http://kuow.org/post/what-do-if-you-still-dont-have-health-insurance <p></p><p></p><p>Ross Reynolds talks with <a href="http://www.wahbexchange.org/about-us/exchange-staff/richard-onizuka/">Richard Onizuka</a>, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, about what people can do if they missed the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:12:45 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 32230 at http://kuow.org What To Do If You Still Don't Have Health Insurance HealthCare.Gov Woes Frustrate Last-Minute Shoppers And Helpers http://kuow.org/post/healthcaregov-woes-frustrate-last-minute-shoppers-and-helpers Last-minute health insurance shoppers turned up in record numbers Monday, both online and in person at clinics, county health departments and libraries. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 editor 31658 at http://kuow.org HealthCare.Gov Woes Frustrate Last-Minute Shoppers And Helpers Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More http://kuow.org/post/obamacares-national-enrollment-looks-ok-states-matter-more With this year's deadline to register for individual health insurance just a weekend away, much attention is being lavished on two numbers — the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/27/295311611/obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-6-million">6 million Americans</a> who have signed up so far, and the percentage of those folks who are (or aren't) young.<p>But experts say the<em> national</em> numbers actually don't mean very much.<p>"These are really state-based markets," says Caroline Pearson, vice president at <a href="http://avalerehealth.net/">Avalere Health</a>, a consulting firm b Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 31442 at http://kuow.org Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case http://kuow.org/post/justices-divide-gender-hobby-lobby-contraception-case There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act.<p>The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical.<p>The lead challenger in the case is the Hobby Lobby corporation, a chain of 500 arts and crafts stores that has 13,000 employees. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 31248 at http://kuow.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court http://kuow.org/post/hobby-lobby-contraceptive-case-goes-supreme-court The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.<p>This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.<p>In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 31200 at http://kuow.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court Washington Reports An 'Unprecedented' Drop In Medicaid ER Visits http://kuow.org/post/washington-reports-unprecedented-drop-medicaid-er-visits <p>A year after hospitals began discouraging Medicaid patients from making unnecessary emergency room visits, the results are promising. A <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/Documents/EmergencyDeptUtilization.pdf">new state report</a> shows the number of unnecessary visits to ERs in Washington fell by 10 percent last year. &nbsp;</p><p>“A 10 percent reduction is almost unprecedented,” said Dr. Nathan Schlicher, an ER physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:53:48 +0000 Ruby de Luna 30976 at http://kuow.org Washington Reports An 'Unprecedented' Drop In Medicaid ER Visits Health Exchange Open Enrollment Deadline Looms http://kuow.org/post/health-exchange-open-enrollment-deadline-looms <p>If you don’t have health coverage yet, you still have two weeks to sign up. But state officials are urging people not to wait until the last minute. They say there are reasons to enroll sooner — you’ll avoid the surge leading up to the deadline. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:24:17 +0000 Ruby de Luna 30508 at http://kuow.org Health Exchange Open Enrollment Deadline Looms New Program At Harborview Works Toward Universal PTSD Screening http://kuow.org/post/new-program-harborview-works-toward-universal-ptsd-screening <p>Re-experiencing, avoidance, hyperarousal: these are the three categories of post-traumatic stress disorder as laid out by the <a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml">National Institute of Mental Health.</a> They commonly go by more common names: nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, social isolation, poor concentration, insomnia and startling. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:58:19 +0000 Andy Hurst & Marcie Sillman 30410 at http://kuow.org New Program At Harborview Works Toward Universal PTSD Screening You Might Pay A Lot More Than $95 For Skipping Health Insurance http://kuow.org/post/you-might-pay-lot-more-95-skipping-health-insurance 2014 is the first year most Americans will have to either have health insurance or face a tax penalty.<p>But most people who are <a href="http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/02/18/ACA-Awareness-Lacking-Among-Low-Income-Uninsured">aware</a> of the penalty think it's pretty small, at least for this first year. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:41:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 30331 at http://kuow.org You Might Pay A Lot More Than $95 For Skipping Health Insurance Affordable Care Act Opens Door To More Inmate Enrollment http://kuow.org/post/affordable-care-act-opens-door-more-inmate-enrollment <p>Health care enrollments so far have been focused on people without insurance. But there’s another population officials are trying to get covered – people locked up behind bars. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:37:54 +0000 Ruby de Luna 29682 at http://kuow.org Affordable Care Act Opens Door To More Inmate Enrollment Harborview Clinics To Stay Open http://kuow.org/post/harborview-clinics-stay-open <p>Harborview Medical Center said Wednesday it will not be closing its primary care clinics after all.</p><p>Last December, the hospital had announced its intent to relocate those services into the community. But the prospect of shutting down the clinics located at Harborview's main hospital disturbed many staff and patients. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:48:51 +0000 Sara Lerner 29583 at http://kuow.org Harborview Clinics To Stay Open Journey Of A Drug: The Long, Hard, Expensive Process Of A New Treatment http://kuow.org/post/journey-drug-long-hard-expensive-process-new-treatment <p>From Seattle’s South Lake Union to larger areas like Bothell, biotechnology is a ubiquitous part of the local economy. But moving a drug from research to testing, to market, to patients is an arduous undertaking. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:41:11 +0000 David Hyde & Amina Al-Sadi 29437 at http://kuow.org Journey Of A Drug: The Long, Hard, Expensive Process Of A New Treatment How Do You Get A Young Adult To Buy Health Insurance? http://kuow.org/post/how-do-you-get-young-adult-buy-health-insurance <p></p><p>Washington Healthplanfinder has rolled out a new series of snappy ads aimed at getting young adults to sign up for health care. To date, the enrollment participation for this group is still just above 20 percent. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:23:10 +0000 Ruby de Luna 29015 at http://kuow.org How Do You Get A Young Adult To Buy Health Insurance?