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Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney says President Trump is not a White supremacist. Also on the rundown: Records show that Connecticut has been helping ICE agents. Plus, some farmers are convinced year-round ethanol would be a boost.

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Public News Service - WA: Health Issues

One in five patients nationwide who go to the emergency room is hit with a surprise bill, according to a 2017 study in Health Affairs. (trvegter/Twenty20)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washingtonians facing a health emergency rarely have time to consider if the local hospital or doctor is in their insurance network. But they can be hit with steep bills if they aren't covered. A bill in the Washington state Legislature seeks to address this issue. One of

Raul Hidalgo, who has been taking care of his brother for more than two decades, says he must sometimes pay out of his own pocket for medical expenses. (SEIU 775)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Health-care and anti-poverty advocates are pushing for the state to fix Medicaid qualifications for folks with long-term care needs. The solution could aid seniors and people with disabilities, as well as caregivers. The change would increase the threshold at which people pay for t

Because of federal restrictions, undocumented women can't access Washington state family-planning services. (BigGirlCamera/Twenty20)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A coalition is urging Washington state to expand health care. The Reproductive Health Access for All Act would help two communities in particular that face barriers to care: immigrants and the transgender or gender non-conforming communities. Women who are undocumented can't acces

Older adults are benefiting from advances in minimally invasive heart surgeries. (Kaiser Permanente)

SEATTLE – Advancements in cardiac care are giving patients and doctors a reason to celebrate this Heart Month. New methods for treating heart diseases and failure are helping folks live longer, fuller lives. Dr. Scott Haugen, program chief of cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Washington, say

Katharine Wismer (r.) is worried she might not have the savings available for long-term care. (Courtesy of Katharine Wismer)

NOTE: An earlier version of this story said advocates were in Olympia. Their meeting in the capital was canceled due to road conditions. OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washingtonians are urging lawmakers to pass legislation designed to help folks save for their care when they need it. AARP and other orga

In-home caregiver Desirae Hernandez says her recent pay raise will help ease the burden of living paycheck to paycheck. (Courtesy of Desirae Hernandez)

SEATTLE – Today marks a major achievement for Washington state caregivers in the "Fight for 15." In-home caregivers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 775 will receive their first paychecks that reflect wages of at least $15 an hour. Workers started earning the new wa

Cardiovascular diseases are preventable in 80 percent of the women who die from them. (Ike and Tash Photography)

SEATTLE – American Heart Month kicks off Friday with National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for women's heart health. Washingtonians are encouraged to wear red on Friday in solidarity with people across the country to shed light on cardiovascular diseases – the number one killer of w

Adriana Hutchings took care of her parents and grandmother for 14 years. (Courtesy of Adriana Hutchings)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New legislation in Olympia aims to cover the growing cost of care for loved ones as they age. The Long-Term Care Trust Act would collect just over half of one percent through a payroll fee from Washington workers, to be used when they need help with daily living activities.

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