health care http://kplu.org en England's Health Secretary Models Nationwide Reforms On Seattle Hospital http://kplu.org/post/englands-health-secretary-models-nationwide-reforms-seattle-hospital <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141957552&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">England’s health secretary has taken the unusual step of using a Seattle hospital to announce a major policy reform in his own country. The new patient safety policies are partly inspired by Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center.</span></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:37:57 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 15360 at http://kplu.org England's Health Secretary Models Nationwide Reforms On Seattle Hospital Wash. Site Outage Linked to Federal Health Care Woes http://kplu.org/post/wash-site-outage-linked-federal-health-care-woes <p>The Washington state <a href="http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org" target="_blank">health care exchange website </a>was temporarily down on Wednesday morning as a result of a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;digital snag in Washington, D.C.</span></p><p>Michael Marchand, spokesman for the state exchange, says Washington state's website depends on a component of the federal system to work. At the moment, it doesn't work, but once it's fixed, the state site can start accepting applications again.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:46:35 +0000 Ed Ronco 10712 at http://kplu.org Wash. Site Outage Linked to Federal Health Care Woes More than 500 hospital workers strike in Olympia over health plans http://kplu.org/post/more-500-hospital-workers-strike-olympia-over-health-plans <p></p><p>More than 500 workers from Providence St. Peter Hospital are striking this week in Olympia. They’re protesting changes the company has made to their health plans.</p><p>The workers include nursing assistants, housekeepers and admitting staff. They say Providence raised their health plan deductibles in January, meaning they have to pay more out of pocket before their insurance kicks in.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:04:21 +0000 Ashley Gross 7946 at http://kplu.org Free Breast Pumps And The Cost Of Health Care http://kplu.org/post/free-breast-pumps-and-cost-health-care Health insurance plans now have to cover the full cost of breast pumps for nursing mothers. This is the result of a provision in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), and the new rule took effect for many people at the start of this year.<p>It's led to a boom in the sale of the pumps, which can cost hundreds of dollars.<p>Yummy Mummy, a little boutique on New York's Upper East Side, has suddenly become a health care provider/online superstore. The company has been hiring like crazy, and just opened an online call center and a warehouse in Illinois. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:11:57 +0000 7642 at http://kplu.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provisions Of Arizona Immigration Law http://kplu.org/post/supreme-courts-health-care-ruling-possible-today <strong>Update at 10:21 a.m. ET. Strikes Down Key Provisions Of Immigration Law: </strong><p>The United States Supreme Court<a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-182b5e1.pdf"> invalidated three of four challenged provisions</a> of Arizona's controversial immigration law. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:57:38 +0000 5386 at http://kplu.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provisions Of Arizona Immigration Law Workers' wellness saving jobs in parks, policing, transit http://kplu.org/post/workers-wellness-saving-jobs-parks-policing-transit <p>King County Executive Dow Constantine says he&rsquo;ll be able to preserve as many as a dozen sheriff&rsquo;s deputies and 20 public health nurses. That&rsquo;s because King County employees have been improving their health &ndash; and saving taxpayers about $23 million this year.</p><p>The savings go back into the county&rsquo;s budget, and will mean fewer cuts next year.</p><p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 01:00:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2684 at http://kplu.org Workers' wellness saving jobs in parks, policing, transit State sees gains on child immunizations, still lags http://kplu.org/post/state-sees-gains-child-immunizations-still-lags <p>Washington continues to make progress boosting immunization rates among toddlers, despite having the highest percent in the nation of families exempting kids from vaccines.&nbsp;</p><p>The new survey from the Centers for Disease Control shows the gains come with room for improvement.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 23:54:21 +0000 Charla Bear 2513 at http://kplu.org State sees gains on child immunizations, still lags New rules for insuring state's poor cause flurry of competition http://kplu.org/post/new-rules-insuring-states-poor-cause-flurry-competition <p><em>&quot;There&#39;s a lot of courting going on ...&quot;</em></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; In Washington, there are more people on Medicaid than there are kids in public school &ndash; 1.2 million. And that number will grow significantly in 2014 when the new federal health care overhaul kicks-in.</p><p>The expansion has triggered a high-stakes competition for state contracts to provide Medicaid coverage.</p><p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:42:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2258 at http://kplu.org New rules for insuring state's poor cause flurry of competition Washington praised for how it cares for the poor and sick http://kplu.org/post/washington-praised-how-it-cares-poor-and-sick <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976645.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976645.mp3</a></p><p>When it comes to caring for its poorest and sickest people, Washington state appears to be doing better than the rest of the country. At least, that&rsquo;s the view from a <a href="http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2011/07/07/medicaid-spending-variations-driven-more-by-volume-than-price-says-study-in-new-health-affairs/">new study that looks at Medicaid spending</a>.</p><p>Public spending on health-care is a hot political topic these days, as states and the federal government try to balance their budgets. Researchers were wondering: How do the 50 states compare in their spending on Medicaid, which covers low-income people? Do some states spend more because they pay doctors higher fees?</p><p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 01:01:59 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2036 at http://kplu.org Washington praised for how it cares for the poor and sick Health care union files initiative to soften budget cuts http://kplu.org/post/health-care-union-files-initiative-soften-budget-cuts <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970754.mp3</p><p>The Washington state budget plan released Tuesday will cut funding for in-home health care workers. In reaction, one health care workers&#39; union has already filed an initiative aiming to mitigate the effects of some of those reductions. Thu, 26 May 2011 21:53:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 1683 at http://kplu.org Health care union files initiative to soften budget cuts