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Could the nation’s airports be the next pressure points in the government shutdown? Also on our Monday rundown: Calls go out to improve food safety; and a new report renews calls for solutions to Detroit’s water woes.

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Public News Service - WA: Health Issues

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.

Prescription drugs account for nearly a quarter of Washington state's health care spending. (christinacorso/Twenty20)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Could 2019 be the year Washington state lawmakers tackle the rising cost of prescription drugs? State Rep. June Robinson, D-Everett, and Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, are introducing bills this session that would increase transparency for drug pricing. Prescription drugs accoun

Lawmakers will introduce Gov. Jay Inslee's public-option health plan when the 2019 legislative session begins next week. (Office of the Governor)

SEATTLE - Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a public-option health insurance plan in an effort to expand coverage to all Washingtonians. The state's Health Care Authority would contract with one or more carriers in each county to offer qualified health plans on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Fo

Folks can ask family members when they developed symptoms of heart disease or stroke to better prepare themselvs and future health needs. (OakleyOriginals/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Families are getting together for the holiday season, and these gatherings can be opportunities for folks to ask about their family health history. A person's chance of heart disease or stroke can increase if those afflictions run in the family. That's important to know because h

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., says domestic work makes other work possible. (U.S. House of Representatives)

SEATTLE – A National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will be introduced in Congress next year. Among its sponsors is Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Washington state Democrat. The bill would provide a wide range of protections for domestic workers, including labor protections and safeguards from

Some immigrant families in Washington state are shying away from getting prenatal care and other medical assistance because of a Trump administration proposal. (maginnis/Twenty20)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The public comment window closes Monday on a Trump administration proposal that would make it harder for people to obtain legal status if they've received public assistance. Immigrants' rights groups say it already is affecting communities. The "public charge" rule change

The holidays can be a stressful time but centering gratitude in one's life can help people mentally and physically. (amyjhumphries/Twenty20)

SEATTLE – What are you grateful for this holiday season? The answer could be good for your health. An array of studies shows expressing gratitude can reduce levels of stress and feelings of loneliness, which can in turn improve physical health by leading to more sleep and energy or even re

The rate of uninsured Washingtonians has dropped from 14 percent in 2013 to 5.4 percent in 2018. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

SEATTLE, Wash. – Health care could be one of the biggest deciding factors in this year's election for voters in Washington state and nationwide. According to polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 75 percent of Americans say it's very important the Affordable Care Act's protection for indi

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