State's health insurance exchange website has issues opening day

By Marissa Harshman October 1, 2013 3:27 p.m.

Washington’s health insurance marketplace got off to a rocky start Tuesday morning.

Washington's health insurance marketplace opens Tuesday

By Marissa Harshman September 30, 2013 8:46 p.m.

Opening day is finally here. Washington Healthplanfinder, the state-based insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act, opens for business Tuesday. The online marketplace where uninsured individuals will purchase health coverage for themselves and their families is scheduled to open at 7:30 a.m.

Hit flu with your best shot

By Marissa Harshman September 30, 2013 6 a.m.

The warm sunshine has been replaced with cloudy skies and rain. Kids' care-free days are now school-filled days. Those changes don't only mark the end of summer, but also the beginning of flu season.

A hunger for food knowledge

By Marissa Harshman September 29, 2013 6 a.m.

Five years ago, Karen and Casey Puyleart were WinCo Foods regulars.

HeArts campaign raises $500K

By Marissa Harshman September 28, 2013 5:11 p.m.

The PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation raised more than half a million dollars in a show of community support for the Vancouver hospital.

Clark County health official to leave after 15 years

By Marissa Harshman September 17, 2013 7:19 p.m.

Marni Storey, interim director of Clark County Public Health, is leaving next month to take a job in Oregon after nearly 15 years with Clark County.

CDC grant helps Clark County menus get healthful makeovers

By Marissa Harshman September 16, 2013 6 a.m.

Restaurant menus across the county may soon be getting a makeover.

Expansion nearing completion at Legacy Salmon Creek

By Marissa Harshman September 13, 2013 9:21 p.m.

The new labor-and-delivery rooms at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center are a little farther along than Kaylyn Smith's unborn baby.

Arnada 'library' gets to work

By Marissa Harshman September 11, 2013 6 a.m.

Arnada residents in need of not-oft-used yard equipment don't have to look any farther than a neighbor's garage.

Change obvious at tobacco-free WSUV

By Marissa Harshman September 9, 2013 6 a.m.

The air is a little cleaner this year on the Washington State University Vancouver campus.

'The light of Tanner will forever fill our lives'

By Marissa Harshman September 7, 2013 11:12 p.m.

Tanner Trosko was funny, sincere and honest. He would have been a great leader someday. Tanner Trosko was killed in a car wreck Wednesday evening in Ridgefield. He was 17 years old.

All about the sausage at St. Joseph Catholic School

By Marissa Harshman September 7, 2013 8:19 p.m.

Saturday was all about the sausage. Sausage on a stick or in a bun. Smothered in sauerkraut or topped with more traditional condiments. Didn't matter the method. Clark County residents gobbled up thousands of the spicy dogs Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic School's annual Sausage Fest in Vancouver.

Vancouver man arrested in Portland assault

By Marissa Harshman September 7, 2013 5:28 p.m.

A 27-year-old Vancouver man was arrested after a fight in Portland’s Old Town early Saturday morning.

Two hospitalized in east Vancouver motorcycle wreck

By Marissa Harshman September 7, 2013 5:17 p.m.

Two people were hospitalized Saturday after the motorcycle they were riding crashed into a jersey barrier.

Motorcycle rider injured in I-205 crash

By Marissa Harshman September 7, 2013 4:59 p.m.

A Battle Ground man was injured when he crashed his motorcycle on Interstate 205 Saturday afternoon.

Washington health exchange OKs 35 plans

By Marissa Harshman September 4, 2013 10:43 p.m.

The board of the state's health exchange on Wednesday granted final approval for 35 insurance plans to be sold on the state-based online marketplace.

Health care advice just a call a way for Washington residents

By Marissa Harshman September 2, 2013 7:54 p.m.

Help is coming for Washington residents who have questions about the state's health insurance exchange.

New tool an eye-opening advancement in treating glaucoma

By Marissa Harshman September 2, 2013 6 a.m.

A snorkel-shaped device no bigger than a flea is the latest technology offering relief to Clark County residents with glaucoma.

Kaiser, Community Health Plan approved to sell on insurance exchange

By Marissa Harshman August 30, 2013 6:49 p.m.

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced today his office had reached settlements with Kaiser Permanente and Community Health Plan of Washington to add 10 more health plans to the state-based insurance exchange.

Peacehealth employees reeling over layoffs

By Aaron Corvin and Marissa Harshman August 29, 2013 8:31 p.m.

Gail Zumwalt never thought she would be looking for a new job.

Effort aims to expand health plan choices

By Marissa Harshman August 29, 2013 6 a.m.

Efforts are underway to try to increase the number of health plans available for purchase on the new state-based insurance exchange set to launch Oct. 1.

PeaceHealth says it will slash 500 jobs amid budget challenges

By Aaron Corvin and Marissa Harshman August 27, 2013 6:54 p.m.

About 340 of the 500 positions to be eliminated will come from the Columbia Network, which encompasses operations in Vancouver and Longview

Luncheon feeds team helping children in crisis

By Marissa Harshman August 27, 2013 6 a.m.

For decades, Dr. John Stirling did a job everybody wished didn't exist.

Hockinson girl learns to manage Type 1 diabetes

By Marissa Harshman August 26, 2013 6 a.m.

In many ways, Allie Seekins is like any other 8-year-old.

Interim health chief picked for fellowship

By Marissa Harshman August 22, 2013 5:59 a.m.

The interim director of Clark County Public Health has been selected for a three-year national leadership fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Health exchange options may expand

By Marissa Harshman August 21, 2013 9:08 p.m.

The board of the state's health exchange on Wednesday launched an effort to increase the number of insurance plans available for purchase on the state-based online marketplace.

Sunglasses are like sunscreen for the eyes — if you get the right ones

By Marissa Harshman August 19, 2013 6 a.m.

Everyone has heard that sunscreen protects the skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays. But what about protecting the eyes from powerful UV rays?

Kaiser plans chosen for county small businesses

By Marissa Harshman August 13, 2013 5:47 p.m.

Clark County small-business owners will have their choice of a handful of employee health plans eligible for increased tax credits. But all of the plans come from the same insurer: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest.

Blue-green algae bloom detected in Vancouver Lake

By Marissa Harshman August 13, 2013 5:11 p.m.

Clark County Public Health and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation have issued an advisory for Vancouver Lake after detecting a blue-green algae bloom.

Clark County's back-to-school countdown begins

By Marissa Harshman August 12, 2013 6 a.m.

As parents and kids prepare for a new school year, local pediatricians have a few more things to add to the back-to-school checklist.

Salmon Creek Farmers' Market makes kids into Produce Pals

By Marissa Harshman August 8, 2013 6:25 p.m.

Four-year-old Ava Bond didn't waste much time deciding how to spend her money at the Salmon Creek Farmers' Market.

Clark County celebrates National Farmers Market Week

By Marissa Harshman August 5, 2013 1:23 p.m.

This week, Clark County and counties across the country will celebrate National Farmers Market Week.

Play it safe at the fair

By Marissa Harshman August 5, 2013 6 a.m.

The summer’s best party — the Clark County Fair — is in full swing. And local health officials want you to enjoy carnival rides, farm animals and fair food (in moderation, of course) without putting your health at risk.

Clark County has fewest health plans in insurance exchange

By Marissa Harshman August 1, 2013 8:13 p.m.

Clark County residents looking to purchase health coverage through the state-based insurance exchange will have fewer options than Washingtonians living in other counties.

Cessation services offered by state's tobacco quitline drastically cut

By Marissa Harshman July 31, 2013 6 a.m.

Washington residents looking to snuff out their tobacco use will no longer receive full cessation aid from the state.

Project has HeArts in the right place

By Marissa Harshman July 29, 2013 7:49 p.m.

The heart of Vancouver will soon be filled with hearts.

After gallbladder surgery, Laina Harris' resolve redoubled

By Marissa Harshman July 29, 2013 10 a.m.

The last month has taken a physical and emotional toll on Laina Harris.

Herrera Beutler delivers prematurely; baby OK

By Marissa Harshman July 29, 2013 9:31 p.m.

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler delivered her baby earlier this month, and doctors are considering the baby to likely be the first to survive a diagnosis previously considered fatal.

Medicaid changes spur concerns locally

By Marissa Harshman July 29, 2013 6 a.m.

In the next year, the state of Washington expects to have more than 600,000 newly insured residents.

Affordable Care Act is here; we answer key questions

By Marissa Harshman July 28, 2013 6 a.m.

Ready or not, health care reform is here.

UPDATE: Sheriff's Office: Disturbance led to intentional crash in Sifton area (with video)

By Craig Brown , Marissa Harshman and Patty Hastings July 26, 2013 4:24 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies are on the scene of an incident in the Sifton area that apparently started as a reported altercation and then escalated.

Clark County combines, cuts public health positions

By Marissa Harshman July 24, 2013 12:08 p.m.

Clark County commissioners voted Wednesday morning to consolidate two Clark County Public Health administrative positions and eliminate two other department positions, saving the county nearly $500,000 this biennium.

Sunscreen, staying hydrated help when exercising in the heat

By Marissa Harshman July 22, 2013 6 a.m.

As the sun comes out and the temperatures rise, more people are taking their workouts outdoors. But before heading out on a run in the hottest part of the day, make sure your body is prepared for the warmer weather.

Clark County may allow payroll to cut itself

By Marissa Harshman and Erik Hidle July 21, 2013 5:28 p.m.

Clark County commissioners will discuss an opportunity to reduce county administrative costs through job attrition at Tuesday's board meeting.

Relay for Life reaches milestone, continues to grow

By Marissa Harshman July 18, 2013 8:29 p.m.

Twenty-five years ago, a group of about 100 Clark County residents formed teams and got together to walk for 24 hours around the track at Columbia River High School.

Better teeth mean better health

By Marissa Harshman July 15, 2013 6 a.m.

The human mouth is home to billions of bacteria. And if you haven't brushed your teeth recently, you may have more bacteria living in your mouth than there are people living on Earth.

'Health homes': Effort aims to improve care for Medicaid clients, save money

By Marissa Harshman July 14, 2013 6 a.m.

State health officials have launched a new array of services for Medicaid patients with complex medical needs.

Affordable Care Act will have broad reach

By Marissa Harshman July 14, 2013 6 a.m.

Some of the most significant changes to the U.S. health care system will go into effect in January, following more than three years of planning and incremental implementation.

Regence to send out rebates

By Marissa Harshman July 11, 2013 6:26 p.m.

Hundreds of Clark County residents will receive a welcome surprise in their mailboxes next week.

Vancouver teen, doctor urge parents to ensure kids get HPV vaccine to protect from warts, cancer

By Marissa Harshman July 8, 2013 6 a.m.

The decision was an easy one for 14-year-old Addie Gillas.