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Kaiser Permanente office in Salmon Creek (The Columbian files)

Southwest Washington Kaiser workers set to strike Monday

Kaiser Permanente office in Salmon Creek (The Columbian files)

November 10, 2021, 6:05am Business

Kaiser Permanente employees in Southwest Washington are set to strike Nov. 15 unless a deal is reached between union officials and Kaiser management. Read story

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Class action lawsuit filed against new Washington long-term care tax

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November 9, 2021, 2:56pm Health

Opponents of a mandatory payroll tax to fund Washington state’s new long-term care program filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday in federal court seeking to stop the January start of the payroll premium for most employees in the state. Read story

PeaceHealth seminar on lung cancer slated

November 9, 2021, 6:03am Clark County Health

Vancouver-based medical provider PeaceHealth will host a free webinar and question-and-answer session at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16. Multiple physicians will discuss the importance of lung cancer screenings, different types and stages of lung cancer, treatment options and more. Read story

A sign for a proposed behavioral health facility is pictured in Salmon Creek on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2021.

Mental health facility planned near Salmon Creek sparks debate

A sign for a proposed behavioral health facility is pictured in Salmon Creek on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2021.

November 8, 2021, 6:05am Clark County Health

Washington has a dire shortage of mental health providers and facilities, a shortage that has only grown worse with the coronavirus pandemic. To alleviate this shortage, the Legislature voted in 2021 to spend $500 million over the next two years to develop or improve behavioral health and substance use treatment… Read story

Why getting long-term care insurance in Washington is nearly impossible — and has been for months

November 1, 2021, 6:02am Editor's Choice

George had been thinking about buying long-term care insurance for a while. Read story

LEADOPTION Kelly Brady-Pavelko, nurse manager at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center's emergency department, has seen front-line health care workers' mental health suffer over the past year.

Critical care for critical workers in Clark County

LEADOPTION Kelly Brady-Pavelko, nurse manager at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center's emergency department, has seen front-line health care workers' mental health suffer over the past year.

October 24, 2021, 6:05am Clark County Health

Most people who work in hospitals expect back-to-back shifts, sleep deprivation, every imaginable bodily fluid, difficult patients, frightened families and the emotional burden of witnessing death. Read story

Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, left, presides over a session of the House, with most representatives attending remotely, on April 22 at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Questions remain on state’s new long-term care insurance program

Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, left, presides over a session of the House, with most representatives attending remotely, on April 22 at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S.

October 10, 2021, 2:45pm Latest News

A new state-run insurance program designed to help residents pay for long-term care as they age has been met with questions and concerns. Read story

Medical staff placed on administrative leave and those against a vaccination mandate gather during a protest outside Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center on Friday afternoon. According to Legacy, 794 unvaccinated employees were placed on leave beginning Friday.

Legacy puts 794 workers on leave systemwide

Medical staff placed on administrative leave and those against a vaccination mandate gather during a protest outside Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center on Friday afternoon. According to Legacy, 794 unvaccinated employees were placed on leave beginning Friday.

October 1, 2021, 7:42pm Clark County Health

Hundreds of people filled the sidewalks outside Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center on Friday afternoon to protest the first day that unvaccinated staff had been placed on leave. Read story

Veteran to lead Vancouver walk for suicide awareness

September 10, 2021, 6:01am Clark County Health

Patrick Lobdell will walk 22 miles around Vancouver on Sept. 11 to raise awareness of the nearly 22 veteran suicides that occur every day in the United States. Read story

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Despite law, 20 Washington counties don’t offer public-option health plans

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August 2, 2021, 6:02am Election

Two years ago, Washington state lawmakers passed a public-option health care bill, with the goal of making it easier and cheaper for Washington residents to buy health insurance. Read story