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House Bill 1222 requires health carriers offering large group health plans and plans offered to public employees to include certain hearing-related coverage.

New Washington laws aim to lower out-of-pocket health care costs

House Bill 1222 requires health carriers offering large group health plans and plans offered to public employees to include certain hearing-related coverage.

June 1, 2023, 6:02am Health

Insulin, abortions, hearing aids and cancer screenings are among the medical expenses that may soon cost less for Washington residents with health insurance. Read story

Trevor Gjendem poses for a portrait at his home in Stanwood, Washington on May 16, 2023. Gjendem, a nurse who works at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, has been vocal about labor issues for nurses at the hospital.

New Washington law may not cure hospital staff shortages, nurses say

Trevor Gjendem poses for a portrait at his home in Stanwood, Washington on May 16, 2023. Gjendem, a nurse who works at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, has been vocal about labor issues for nurses at the hospital.

May 29, 2023, 6:00am Health

Nurses in the neurosurgery unit at Providence Regional Medical Center submitted more than 100 staffing complaints in the first three months of this year, said Trevor Gjendem, a registered nurse at the hospital in Everett. Read story

From the Office of Behavioral Health Advocacy website.

Having trouble finding mental health care in Washington? A new agency can help

From the Office of Behavioral Health Advocacy website.

May 22, 2023, 7:40am Clark County Health

Finding a therapist, getting substance use treatment or having someone to lean on in a moment of crisis: None of it is easy. Unfortunately, many people get stuck in the web of the mental health care system before finding what they need. Read story

PeaceHealth has laid off 51 people in its Columbia Network, including staff at clinics and its Vancouver and Longview hospitals.

PeaceHealth cuts 51 jobs in Southwest Washington

PeaceHealth has laid off 51 people in its Columbia Network, including staff at clinics and its Vancouver and Longview hospitals.

April 26, 2023, 11:19am Business

PeaceHealth has laid off 51 people in its Columbia Network, the Vancouver-based health system said in a statement Tuesday. Read story

The Elaine and Don Heimbigner Hospice Care Center sits on Northeast 134th Street in Salmon Creek. Community Home Health and Hospice announced Thursday that it will no longer serve patients at the facility starting today and will close soon after.

Community Home Health & Hospice closing Salmon Creek, Longview facilities

The Elaine and Don Heimbigner Hospice Care Center sits on Northeast 134th Street in Salmon Creek. Community Home Health and Hospice announced Thursday that it will no longer serve patients at the facility starting today and will close soon after.

April 13, 2023, 3:38pm Business

Community Home Health & Hospice is shutting the doors on both of its hospice centers in Southwest Washington by the end of the month due to financial and logistical woes. Read story

Sandra Sermone poses with the Presidential Award she recently received due to her work trying to cure her son's rare brain disease.

Brush Prairie woman receives 2022 Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Sandra Sermone poses with the Presidential Award she recently received due to her work trying to cure her son's rare brain disease.

March 21, 2023, 6:04am Clark County Health

In 2008, Sandra Bedrosian Sermone gave birth to twin boys, Tony and Rocco. Early on, Tony was in and out of the hospital for four years with no diagnosis as he lost the ability to swallow, walk and talk. Read story

Clark College dental hygiene student Sophia Azizi, from left, works with patient Andrea Dyroff while joined by fellow student Ellie Chapman at Battle Ground HealthCare. Battle Ground HealthCare has partnered with the Clark College dental hygiene program to offer a series of five free teeth-cleaning clinics to the community.

Battle Ground HealthCare, Clark College dental hygiene program partner for free teeth cleanings

Clark College dental hygiene student Sophia Azizi, from left, works with patient Andrea Dyroff while joined by fellow student Ellie Chapman at Battle Ground HealthCare. Battle Ground HealthCare has partnered with the Clark College dental hygiene program to offer a series of five free teeth-cleaning clinics to the community.

March 7, 2023, 4:49pm Clark County Health

The four dental hygiene bays at Battle Ground HealthCare have been crowded for the past five Tuesdays, filled with instructors and students from the Clark College dental hygiene program. Read story

Mae Hochstetler, left, sits with her twin children Josh and Joy Hochstetler, both 25, at her home where she lives with Josh on Feb. 24, in Lynnwood.

Washington may expand who can be family caregiver

Mae Hochstetler, left, sits with her twin children Josh and Joy Hochstetler, both 25, at her home where she lives with Josh on Feb. 24, in Lynnwood.

March 5, 2023, 6:00am Health

Mae Hochstetler has two jobs: a patient health navigator and a paid parent home care provider for her son Joshua, 25. She frequently tears up when she talks about the home care worker shortage and the impact on seniors and people with disabilities or complex medical needs. Read story

Roswell Gordon, left, and his wife, Marilynn, sit in their Vancouver home, reminiscing on their 65-plus years together. Roswell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014, was part of a trial of the drug lecanemab at OHSU from 2016-2020 and is showing signs of success.

Vancouver man’s Alzheimer’s experience offers hope, inspiration

Roswell Gordon, left, and his wife, Marilynn, sit in their Vancouver home, reminiscing on their 65-plus years together. Roswell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014, was part of a trial of the drug lecanemab at OHSU from 2016-2020 and is showing signs of success.

March 2, 2023, 6:03am Clark County Health

Roswell Gordon’s eyes lit up as he smiled at his wife, Marilynn, recounting how they met almost 65 years ago while studying at the University of California, Berkeley. The walls of their Vancouver home are adorned with relics of their life together. Over the past decades, the couple have gone… Read story

Washington lawmakers consider bill to require and enforce nurse staffing minimums in hospitals

February 28, 2023, 7:37am Health

A bill pushing for state-enforced nurse-to-patient ratios has been making its way through the Legislature. If it passes, Washington will be the second state in the country and the first in 20 years to have nurse-to-patient ratios. Read story