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Public Health
3:32 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

King County's Homeless Receive Tailored Care At Clinic On Wheels

Dr. Sarah Vanston, the family physician on board, often has to determine creative medical plans for her patients. For instance, she couldn't prescribe a diuretic to a man who didn't have regular access to a safe and clean bathroom.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

About twice a month, King County’s Mobile Medical van comes to Renton. It opens at 4:30, but it’s often slow until closer to 6:30, when the church across the street begins serving hot meals for homeless people.

The inside of this RV has been retrofitted so there’s an exam room, a nurse’s station and a waiting area.  A generator gives off a droning buzz as it powers this efficient little clinic.

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Health Care
9:02 am
Wed September 17, 2014

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

Contraceptive coverage has long been required by state laws or sought by nonreligious employers the religious health plans serve.
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Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:03 am

Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs.

But what happens when the insurance company is itself Catholic? It turns out that Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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Public Health
4:22 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Public Health Clinic In White Center Saved

King County Executive Dow Constantine (center) announced a new partnership with the City of Seattle and Planned Parenthood to save the Greenbridge clinic from closure.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

One of the public health clinics slated for closure got a reprieve today as King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a partnership that would keep the White Center Public Health Clenter at Greenbridge open through the 2016 fiscal year.

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Health Care
9:11 am
Mon September 15, 2014

WSU Board Green Lights New Medical School In Spokane

An existing building on the WSU Spokane campus would be used for a proposed new medical school. WSU faculty already teach University of Washington students here through a collaborative agreement between the universities.

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:45 pm

Washington State University's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan Friday to establish a medical school in Spokane.

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Health Exchange
9:11 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Cover Oregon Officials Set To Face State Lawmakers

State lawmakers are set to grill the leaders of Cover Oregon on Monday and Tuesday.

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 2:52 pm

The leaders of Oregon's struggling health insurance exchange will be grilled by state lawmakers in a series of hearings at the capitol on Monday and Tuesday.

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Rural Health Care
3:27 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

UW And WSU Face Off In The 'Apple Cup' Of Medical Schools

Marcie Sillman talks with Holly Greenwood, executive director of Washington's Rural Healthcare Collaborative, about what a medical school based in Spokane could do for the rural health care shortage.

Treatment Ethics
2:07 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

In Defense Of Research On Unconscious Patients At Harborview

Marcie Sillman talks with bioethicist Arthur Caplan about the implications of involving people in a research study without their consent. Caplan directs the bioethics division at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

Patient Safety
3:14 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Feds To Washington State Hospitals: Improve Patient Safety Or Face Penalties

Marcie Sillman talks with freelance journalist Lisa Stiffler about infection rates and patient safety in Washington hospitals.

Health
3:25 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

High Court Will Decide If Regence Must Cover Autism Therapies

O.S.T. and L.H. – their initials in court documents – are minors diagnosed with autism. Their families sued Regence, the health insurance company, for not covering all therapies related to their condition.

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Health
7:52 am
Wed June 11, 2014

More Young Adults Get Inpatient Psychiatric Care After Health Law

Mental health admissions of young people rose 9 percent after implementation of a key portion of the Affordable Care Act, researchers say.
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Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:29 am

Expanded coverage for young adults under the Affordable Care Act substantially raised inpatient hospital visits related to mental health, finds a study conducted by researchers at Indiana and Purdue universities.

That looks like good news: Better access to care for a population with higher-than-average levels of mental illness that too often endangers them and people nearby.

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Health Care
11:12 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Washington AG Puts Health Plans On Notice To Cover Same-Sex Spouses

File photo of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 2:58 pm

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is reminding employers they may not discriminate against same-sex spouses when it comes to health coverage.

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Health Care Exclusions
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Washington To Pursue Fuller Health Care Coverage For Transgender State Employees

Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League.
Credit Courtesy of Danielle Askini

Marcie Sillman speaks with Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League, about their efforts to remove health care exclusions affecting transgender people from Washington state employee plans.

Health Literacy
7:41 am
Wed May 28, 2014

So Now You Have Health Care. Time To Find A Doctor

"Nolan the Colon" is featured at the annual Latina Health Fair in South Park. Residents can drop in for health screenings and get health information.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

You may have heard of financial literacy or media literacy. But what about health literacy: Are you able to get and understand basic health information?

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Seriously?
7:41 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

Better than water for losing weight? A study funded by the beverage industry says yes.
Bradley Gordon/Flickr

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:43 am

Answering the question of whether diet soda helps or hinders dieters' efforts to lose weight has been the focus of much research. And buzz.

Unfortunately, the answer is still murky.

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Health Care Costs
3:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Why Is It So Hard To Find The Price Of A Medical Procedure?

Credit Flickr Photo/401(K) 2013

Steve Scher talks with Sean Sullivan, a professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, about the importance of transparency for health care costs and what individuals can do to find out the expense of their health services.

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