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Marissa Harshman

health reporter


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State health exchange 'off to a strong start'

By Marissa Harshman November 19, 2014 5:08 p.m.

Nearly 25,000 Washington residents completed applications for health plans in the first three days of open enrollment through Washington Healthplanfinder.

Traffic Calming Program showing signs of popularity

By Marissa Harshman November 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Motorists driving along East Evergreen Boulevard are now welcomed to the Edgewood Park Neighborhood with brightly colored signs featuring friendly reminders.

Vancouver 12-year-old battling scleroderma  

By Marissa Harshman November 20, 2014 11:30 a.m.

Lilliane Grahek, lower left, was just 2 years old when the first blotch appeared.

Health overhaul Round 2 begins

By Marissa Harshman November 14, 2014 5:52 p.m.

Open enrollment for health plans on the state-based insurance exchange begins Saturday, giving Washington residents who purchased plans last year their first opportunity to make changes to their coverage.

Hundreds turn out for free flu shot clinic in Vancouver

By Marissa Harshman November 11, 2014 5:46 p.m.

Hundreds of Clark County residents are now protected against the flu, thanks to a free flu shot clinic offered by Legacy Health. Legacy Health offered the vaccines Tuesday at each of its five hospital campuses in the Portland-Vancouver area. More than 100 people were waiting in line when the event at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center began at 3 p.m. People began lining up an hour early to take advantage of the free vaccines, said hospital spokesman Brian Willoughby.

Army musician's new mission: serving in health care  

By Marissa Harshman November 11, 2014 6 a.m.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jon Shinn never saw combat. He never experienced the front lines. His life was never threatened. He never even touched a weapon after basic training.

Navigating health plan maze to get the best coverage, price

By Marissa Harshman November 10, 2014 6 a.m.

When the state-based insurance exchange opens for business Saturday, Washington residents will have nearly twice as many health plans to choose from as they did in the 2014 exchange.

Small-business health insurance exchange expanding

By Marissa Harshman November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The small-business health insurance marketplace offered only in Clark and Cowlitz counties in 2014 will expand to include the rest of the state in 2015, allowing businesses with 25 employees or fewer to purchase health plans and cash in on a 50 percent tax credit.

Health plan regains Medicaid contract

By Marissa Harshman November 7, 2014 5:04 p.m.

Columbia United Providers will once again have a direct contract with the Washington State Health Care Authority to manage Medicaid care for Clark County residents.

Flu sickens many more than Ebola, enterovius D68

By Marissa Harshman November 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Viruses have been a hot topic across the country this fall.

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