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PHOTO: Commonwealth consumers with questions about health care have at least one reliable place to turn: A Helpline staffed by qualified counselors at Health Care For All that handles about 30,000 questions a year. Courtesy: HCFA

BOSTON - Although things have calmed down a bit since the open-enrollment period just ended, the folks at the nonprofit Health Care for All still expect their phone to keep ringing - thousands of times a month. Hannah Frigand, who manages the Helpline, said the third-most-asked question is, "How do ...Read More

Photo: Sen. Andy Kerr is a co-sponsor of the Reproductive Health Freedom Act. Photo courtesy of: www.andykerr.org

DENVER - Today, the Colorado state Senate will debate the Reproductive Health Freedom Act (SB175). Supporters say if passed, the landmark legislation would safeguard women's reproductive health decisions and prevent passage of anti-choice laws in the future. Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood is co-sponsori ...Read More

PHOTO: A new group of Iowans has just been trained as "drift catchers" to monitor air samples for pesticides over the summer. Photo credit: D. Michael Burns.

DEWITT, Iowa - With the coming start of the growing season in Iowa, a group of volunteer "drift catchers" is preparing to spread out across the state to monitor the air for floating pesticides. Among the group is Greg King, who grows vegetables, fruits and flowers in rural DeWitt, and had some probl ...Read More

Photo: Vail has received about 50 inches more snow than it did at this time last year. Photo courtesy of Brendan Gray

VAIL, Colo. - This year the ski resort of Vail is 50 inches ahead in terms of snowfall, compared with this time last season. Winter Park is about 100 inches ahead. That deep snow is a welcome gift to skiers and boarders, but according to FEMA and consumer groups such as AARP, there can be a price to ...Read More

PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th ...Read More

PHOTO: There is concern from environmental groups about nitrate discharge getting into groundwater at a huge central Wisconsin farm. (Photo from Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon at the Adams County Community Center in Adams regarding a pollutant discharge permit for Burr Oak Heifers, a huge farm with thousands of head of cattle. The farm already has paid a fine ...Read More

PHOTO:Dr. Michelle Lierl from Cincinnati Children's has tips to help families get through the spring allergy season. Credit: Jane M Sawyer.

CINCINNATI – Spring is blooming in the Buckeye State and for children with allergies the season can bring lots of sniffing and sneezing. Dr. Michelle Lierl, adjunct professor of clinical pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, says before treating a child, parents need t ...Read More

Photo: T.J. Janssen is one of the 22,000 health care working expecting a back pay check of as much as $3,500 from the state thanks to legal action by his union, SEIU 775. Credit: SEIU
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SEATTLE – It will likely take another several weeks to get their first check, but tens of thousands of home care workers are eagerly awaiting their share of $57 million in back pay owed to them by the state. SEIU 775 executive board member T.J. Janssen is one of the 22,000 home care workers ...Read More

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