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Public News Service - WA: Health

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on a bill to expand healthcare coverage for children of low-income families. Washington already has a state law nearly identical to the "S-CHIP" bill that President Bush is threatening to veto. And unlike many states, Washington budgeted sufficient funds to

About 600,000 employees of small businesses in Washington will soon have access to health insurance after the appointment of a “Health Insurance Partnership Board." The group's job is to select insurance companies to be part of a new state program aimed at signing up more employers for health

New York, NY/Seattle, WA - Washington ranks number 13 in a new survey by state of how healthy our citizens are, and a major reason a dozen states are ahead of us is lack of preventive care. Just 42 percent of adults over age 50 get the recommended health screenings for their age group, and only 60 p

An important vote is expected today in the U.S. Senate in the latest round in the battle for cheaper prescription drug prices, and it's getting confusing. Senators have two amendments to vote on: one, known as the "Dorgan-Snowe Amendment," would allow drugs to be imported from other countries, star

Seattle, WA - Those who work around the statehouse will spend at least some of the holiday season dissecting Governor Gregoire's new budget, unveiled this week in preparation for the new legislative session in January. For the most part, the budget focuses on education, job creation and health car

Seattle, WA - A new study of Washington's 246 nursing homes confirms those that take fewer Medicaid patients are able to give more and better care, and pay their employees better, than those with a majority of low-income Medicaid patients. The Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN!) s

Lakewood, WA - Working in Washington's mental health hospitals can be a health hazard for the staff, and they're asking state lawmakers for help. A recent report from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries shows patient assaults against staff at Western State Hospital in Lakewood have inc

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