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8:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

PeaceHealth And The Affordable Care Act

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, Longview, Wash.
From PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center's Facebook page.

The battle over the Affordable Care Act has brought the federal government to a partial shutdown, but changes to our health care system due to the law have already begun reshaping the industry.  This includes private hospitals and public ones, for-profit and nonprofit, secular and faith-based institutions

PeaceHealth is a Catholic-affiliated nonprofit that runs nine hospitals and 73 medical practices in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. The company has entered into partnerships with public hospitals in Skagit and Snohomoish counties and recently agreed to send patients with complex issues to UW Medical facilities.

The ACA and the relationship between hospitals that operate under sometimes contradictory directives are top of mind for Alan Yordy, PeaceHealth’s chief mission officer. He talks with Steve Scher about what he calls one of the greatest social experiments in the history of developed nations around the world.

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Health Care Exchange
12:07 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Back To Work After A Baby, But Without Health Insurance

People get information on California's health exchange at a table at Union Station in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the exchange's opening day.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 6:13 pm

Pardit Pri had health insurance until she decided to quit her job as a legal administrative assistant and stay home with her newborn son 20 months ago. She thought she'd have coverage by now. But it didn't work out that way.

"I knew that I wasn't going to be working for a while because I decided to stay home with my son, and I thought ... 'OK, fingers crossed. Nothing will happen during that time,' " she says, as she plays with her son in their Orange County, Calif., apartment.

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Tobacco Regulation
1:54 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

What Are The Risks of Electronic Cigarettes?

Flickr Photo/Ramsey Mohsen

The electronic cigarette industry is booming. By some estimates, it’s expected to rake-in nearly $1.7 billion this year.

Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will issue its proposals for regulating the sales and marketing of e-cigarettes. In a letter sent last week, Attorney General Bob Ferguson urged the FDA to meet its own deadline of October 31.

Proponents of e-cigarettes say they can actually help people quit smoking. Other aren’t so sure — they’re concerned about e-cigarettes as a gateway to becoming a regular tobacco smoker. Vaughan Rees is a tobacco researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health. He talked with David Hyde about what research is saying about the health risks of e-cigarettes.

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Affordable Care Act Implementation
9:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Washington Exchange Website Stumbles Out Of The Gates

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:24 pm

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.

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Health Exchange
8:18 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Washington Health Exchange's Early Enrollees

Gov. Jay Inslee shares a laugh with Charles Johnson as the two speak about having played high school football against each other decades earlier. Jackson is newly enrolled in Washington state's new health insurance exchange.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Washington’s health exchange got off to a bumpy start on its first day yesterday. 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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UW Medical School
9:46 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Ending Mistreatment Of Medical Students Requires Culture Change

Flickr Photo/I-5 Design & Manufacture

Each year the Association of American Medical Colleges asks medical school graduates about their college experience. In 2013, 42 percent of graduates from all schools reported that they experienced mistreatment during med school. One of the most prevalent mistreatment behaviors was public embarrassment or humiliation.

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Veteran Drug Concerns
4:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

VA’s Opiate Overload Feeds Veterans’ Addictions, Overdose Deaths

Credit Courtesy of Center of Investigative Reporting

Before dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon. His orders: detox from a brutal addiction to painkillers.

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Affordable Care Act
4:04 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

How To Get Health Insurance Through Washington's Marketplace

Flickr Photo/kindagetmego

The Affordable Care Act, colloquially called Obamacare, is here. Washington's health insurance marketplace, Healthplanfinder, is set to open Tuesday morning. In the marketplace, users can find, compare and sign up for health insurance. How does it work and what information will you need? David Hyde talks with Washington Health Benefit Exchange's director of communications, Michael Marchand.

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Affordable Care Act
12:37 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Insurance Exchange 101: Here's What You Need To Know

The audience concentrates on a presentation by Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's office about the federal health care overhaul at the University of Kansas satellite campus in Overland Park, Kan., earlier this month.
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 6:36 am

The Affordable Care Act has been through two years of legislative wrangling, a presidential election and a Supreme Court test that took it to the brink.

Now, after yet another round of debate and argument, major pieces of the federal health law are expected to kick in Tuesday.

If all goes as planned, people who don't have insurance or who buy it on their own will be able to shop online or at various locations in their communities for coverage that will take effect Jan. 1.

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Affordable Care Act
4:30 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Washington Health Insurance Exchange Set To Open

Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

Starting October 1, uninsured people will be able to shop online for private insurance in health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges. In Seattle, nonprofits and other organizations have been out educating people about how to sign up for insurance through the exchange.

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Plastic Surgery
9:47 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Around The World, Notions Of Beauty Can Be A Real Beast

"Today society accepts the idea of improving one's image," says Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, Brazil's most famous plastic surgeon. Here a patient receives an injection of hyaluronic acid to plump up her lips at the Brazilian Society for Aesthetic Medicine in Rio de Janeiro in 2008.
Antonio Scorza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 6:54 am

Chinese-American TV personality Julie Chen reveals she had plastic surgery to make her eyes look less "Asian" to advance her career. Korean women are getting surgeries for permanent smiles.

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