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The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 


Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

Public News Service - WA: Health

Some Washingtonians are paying up to $700 a month for insulin, according to AARP Washington. (Cagkan/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Five bills aimed at reining in skyrocketing prescription prices are in front of a Washington State Senate committee today. Between 2012 and 2017, drug prices rose nearly 60% statewide, while incomes rose only about 10%. Senate President Pro Tempore Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, is a

Washington state still has an estimated backlog of more than 6,500 untested sexual assault kits. (Sgt. Rebecca Linder/defenseimagery.mil)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- As Washington state continues to test its backlog of sexual assault kits, lawmakers also are looking to reform how kits are managed. A sexual assault kit is a collection of evidence gathered following a rape allegation. One of the first hearings of the session, scheduled for Tu

Wildfire smoke is a major health and climate concern across Washington state. (NASA Earth Observatory/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - With the threat of wildfires looming larger, 2020 could be the year Washington state provides funding solely for preparing for them. The state's Department of Natural Resources is urging lawmakers to create a Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness Account, which would provide more t

Washingtonians at a public meeting on a Puget Sound clean-fuel standard noted the region's leadership tackling climate change. (Washington Environmental Council)

SEATTLE - The Puget Sound region has proposed cutting emissions from its biggest greenhouse gas source - the transportation sector. Public comment on a new Clean Fuel Standard ends Jan. 6. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency rule aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 26% by

Washington state lawmakers approved a paid family and medical leave program in 2017. (designer491/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – The state's paid family and medical leave program is gearing up to give workers time off when they need it most. Starting in January, Washington will become the fifth state to offer comprehensive leave, allowing employees to take up to 12 – and in some cases 18 – weeks

A mail-in HPV test increased cervical cancer screening rates by 50%, according to a new study. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – An at-home test could be a major breakthrough for screening cervical cancer in women, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Washington and Kaiser Permanente Washington teamed up on a study involving 20,000 women who weren't getting regular screening. Half wer

A Seattle conference is exploring how people can have a healthier relationship with death. (Yes! Magazine)

SEATTLE — Leaders of the alternative death movement are in Seattle today for a conference on how to reclaim the end of life. YES! Magazine will host "A Good Death," bringing together local and national figures thinking about and approaching death differently. Sarah Chavez is conference moder

Transportation accounts for more than 40% of Washington state's carbon emissions. (Oran Viriyincy/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The Puget Sound region is striking out on its own with a bold proposal for a clean fuel standard. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has drafted a rule that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 26% by 2030 in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Tr

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