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  • Spokane Regional Health District: 4 flu deaths in Spokane County

    Spokane Regional Health District: 4 flu deaths in Spokane County

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 4:30 PM EST2017-01-31 21:30:47 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District says of the 114 influenza deaths in Washington State this season, four have happened in Spokane County. 168 people have been hospitalized with the flu in Spokane County this season. The SRHD defines the flu season as early October through the end of May.

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    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District says of the 114 influenza deaths in Washington State this season, four have happened in Spokane County. 168 people have been hospitalized with the flu in Spokane County this season. The SRHD defines the flu season as early October through the end of May.

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  • Kaiser Permanente's purchase of Group Health gets OK

    Kaiser Permanente's purchase of Group Health gets OK

    Friday, January 13 2017 4:58 PM EST2017-01-13 21:58:58 GMT

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has given his final approval to Kaiser Permanente's acquisition of the nonprofit Group Health Cooperative. The Seattle Times reports that Kreidler's announcement Friday was not a surprise, as regulators on his staff had already endorsed the deal. 

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has given his final approval to Kaiser Permanente's acquisition of the nonprofit Group Health Cooperative. The Seattle Times reports that Kreidler's announcement Friday was not a surprise, as regulators on his staff had already endorsed the deal. 

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  • Two cases of mumps confirmed in Spokane County

    Two cases of mumps confirmed in Spokane County

    Wednesday, December 14 2016 9:54 PM EST2016-12-15 02:54:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District says two cases of the mumps have been confirmed in Spokane County. Both individuals are between the ages of 10 and 20-years-old and the SRHD says both were fully immunized against the mumps.  These are the first cases in Spokane County, but there have been 58 confirmed cases on the west side of the state in King County.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District says two cases of the mumps have been confirmed in Spokane County. Both individuals are between the ages of 10 and 20-years-old and the SRHD says both were fully immunized against the mumps.  These are the first cases in Spokane County, but there have been 58 confirmed cases on the west side of the state in King County.

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  • KHQ MD: Memory Screening Tests Underway In Spokane For Alzheimer's Awareness Month

    KHQ MD: Memory Screening Tests Underway In Spokane For Alzheimer's Awareness Month

    SPOKANE, Wash. – We've all done it: forgotten where we put our car keys or the name of the person we just met.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. – We've all done it: forgotten where we put our car keys or the name of the person we just met. But sometimes those little things can add up to a red flag when it comes to dementia and memory loss.>>
  • Nurses, Health Care Workers Picket Over Staffing Levels

    Nurses, Health Care Workers Picket Over Staffing Levels

    Funding health care has becoming a national issue with the implementation of President Obama's health care plan; but the timing is a coincidence.

     
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    Funding health care has becoming a national issue with the implementation of President Obama's health care plan; but the timing is a coincidence. Tuesday, dozens of nurses and health care workers picked up their signs and bullhorns and took their argument to the streets outside Deaconess Hospital in Spokane and Valley Hospital in Spokane Valley: "put patient care first and restore safe staffing levels.">>
  • Provision Called Major Set-Back For New Health Care Law

    Provision Called Major Set-Back For New Health Care Law

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    In restaurants, retail facilities, and at other large companies around the country, employers now have an extra year to comply with the affordable care act without fear of penalty.>>
    In restaurants, retail facilities, and at other large companies around the country, employers now have an extra year to comply with the affordable care act without fear of penalty.>>
  • Many Having Problems Enrolling In A Health Insurance Plan

    Many Having Problems Enrolling In A Health Insurance Plan

    With the deadline to apply for health care fast approaching, many people are still having problems signing up.>>
    With the deadline to apply for health care fast approaching, many people are still having problems signing up. Carol Dunn, who lives in Spokane, has been trying to enroll in a health care plane since the beginning of October and for her the process has been anything but easy. The biggest problem has been getting a hold of someone who can answer her questions.>>
  • 8,000 Affected By Washington Health Plan Finder Glitch

    8,000 Affected By Washington Health Plan Finder Glitch

    SPOKANE, Wash. - 8,000 insurance applicants were told they qualified for higher tax credits than they should have been because of the mistake. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - 8,000 insurance applicants were told they qualified for higher tax credits than they should have been because of the mistake. >>
  • HEALTH ALERT: Laundry detergent pods pose poison risk to kids

    HEALTH ALERT: Laundry detergent pods pose poison risk to kids

    Monday, November 10 2014 4:02 PM EST2014-11-10 21:02:43 GMT
    Monday, November 10 2014 4:18 PM EST2014-11-10 21:18:53 GMT
    Every single hour in the United States, a child swallows, inhales or is otherwise exposed to the toxic chemicals inside laundry detergent pods. According to new research released Monday by Nationwide Children's Hospital, that's more than 17,000 children since the pods hit store shelves.>>
    Every single hour in the United States, a child swallows, inhales or is otherwise exposed to the toxic chemicals inside laundry detergent pods. According to new research released Monday by Nationwide Children's Hospital, that's more than 17,000 children since the pods hit store shelves.>>
  • Healthcare open enrollment begins Nov. 1

    Healthcare open enrollment begins Nov. 1

    Thursday, October 27 2016 2:35 PM EDT2016-10-27 18:35:31 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Open enrollment for healthcare begins November first of 2016, and will end in January. Thursday morning, Curt Fackler from Better Health Together talked to KHQ, explaining how the process works. According to Fackler, the national premium rate is going up about 25%. In Idaho, that trend is a little lower, at roughly 20%. 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Open enrollment for healthcare begins November first of 2016, and will end in January. Thursday morning, Curt Fackler from Better Health Together talked to KHQ, explaining how the process works. According to Fackler, the national premium rate is going up about 25%. In Idaho, that trend is a little lower, at roughly 20%. 

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  • First case of Zika virus confirmed in Grant County resident

    First case of Zika virus confirmed in Grant County resident

    Friday, August 12 2016 3:30 PM EDT2016-08-12 19:30:22 GMT
    Friday, August 12 2016 3:45 PM EDT2016-08-12 19:45:47 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Health officials in Grant County have confirmed that a resident has tested positive for Zika virus. The Grant County Health District t says the man was likely exposed to the virus during his recent trip to Mexico. he was not hospitalized and has since recovered.

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    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Health officials in Grant County have confirmed that a resident has tested positive for Zika virus. The Grant County Health District t says the man was likely exposed to the virus during his recent trip to Mexico. he was not hospitalized and has since recovered. Grant County says this is the first case of Zika virus in a Grant County resident. 

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  • Spokane Public Schools hosting free childhood vaccination clinics this week

    Spokane Public Schools hosting free childhood vaccination clinics this week

    Monday, April 25 2016 4:46 PM EDT2016-04-25 20:46:23 GMT
    Monday, April 25 2016 4:46 PM EDT2016-04-25 20:46:22 GMT
    Several Spokane Public Schools locations will be hosting free childhood vaccination clinics this week at various locations.  The clinics are run in partnership with other area school districts and the Spokane Regional Health District, the Group Health Foundation and the Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington.  The times and locations of the clinics are as follows:  Monday April 25, 3:30pm - 6:30pm - North Central High School Tuesday April 26, 3:30pm - 6:30pm ...>>
    Several Spokane Public Schools locations will be hosting free childhood vaccination clinics this week at various locations.  The clinics are run in partnership with other area school districts and the Spokane Regional Health District, the Group Health Foundation and the Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington.  The times and locations of the clinics are as follows:  Monday April 25, 3:30pm - 6:30pm - North Central High School Tuesday April 26, 3:30pm - 6:30pm ...>>
  • Zika virus case confirmed in Spokane County

    Zika virus case confirmed in Spokane County

    Monday, February 29 2016 4:05 PM EST2016-02-29 21:05:27 GMT
    Monday, February 29 2016 4:05 PM EST2016-02-29 21:05:26 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District has confirmed the first case of Zika virus in Spokane County. The individual is a woman in her 20's and was in an area where Zika transmission is happening. 

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    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District has confirmed the first case of Zika virus in Spokane County. The individual is a woman in her 20's and was in an area where Zika transmission is happening. 

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  • Botulism believed to be cause of two Grant County deaths

    Botulism believed to be cause of two Grant County deaths

    Friday, February 19 2016 1:56 PM EST2016-02-19 18:56:54 GMT
    Friday, February 19 2016 1:56 PM EST2016-02-19 18:56:54 GMT

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - The Grant County Health District is investigating two deaths that they say were likely caused by botulism. The suspected source of the botulism was likely caused by home-canned food, the GCHD said in a press release, however they are still waiting for official confirmation.

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    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - The Grant County Health District is investigating two deaths that they say were likely caused by botulism. The suspected source of the botulism was likely caused by home-canned food, the GCHD said in a press release, however they are still waiting for official confirmation.

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  • Health District confirms cases of enterovirus D68 in Spokane County

    Health District confirms cases of enterovirus D68 in Spokane County

    Monday, October 27 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-10-27 22:04:31 GMT
    Monday, October 27 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-10-28 03:51:07 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed with KHQ on Monday that there have been two confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 in Spokane County. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed with KHQ on Monday that there have been two confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 in Spokane County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said two children hospitalized in September had respiratory illness associated with EV-D68. >>
  • 8 breast cancer fighting foods

    8 breast cancer fighting foods

    Wednesday, October 8 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-10-08 19:28:13 GMT
    Wednesday, October 8 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-10-08 19:33:15 GMT
    KHQ.COM - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we thought we'd take a look at some foods that researchers have found to be beneficial in the fight against breast cancer. >>
    KHQ.COM - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we thought we'd take a look at some foods that researchers have found to be beneficial in the fight against breast cancer. Check out the 8 foods scientists say have the power to fight and/or reduce your risk of breast cancer. >>
  • Student diagnosed with Chickenpox in Mary Walker School District

    Student diagnosed with Chickenpox in Mary Walker School District

    Monday, October 6 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-10-06 23:44:15 GMT
    Monday, October 6 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-10-06 23:44:15 GMT
    The Mary Walker School District near Springdale sent an alert out on Monday that on Monday a middle school student was diagnosed with Chickenpox.The school district said in a release that the student had Chickenpox all of last week before being diagnosed. The infected student is at home being treated and will have to get a doctor's note before returning to school.Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted person-to-person by direct contact and sometimes via airborne. Sympto...>>
    The Mary Walker School District near Springdale sent an alert out on Monday that on Monday a middle school student was diagnosed with Chickenpox.The school district said in a release that the student had Chickenpox all of last week before being diagnosed. The infected student is at home being treated and will have to get a doctor's note before returning to school.Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted person-to-person by direct contact and sometimes via airborne. Sympto...>>
  • One severe respiratory illness under investigation in Spokane County; Still no confirmed cases of enterovirus

    One severe respiratory illness under investigation in Spokane County; Still no confirmed cases of enterovirus

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-09-12 17:54:04 GMT
    Friday, September 12 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-09-12 17:54:05 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - While there are still no confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the Spokane Regional Health District confirmed with KHQ on Friday that they are working with local doctors to investigate a severe respiratory illness in one child.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - While there are still no confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the Spokane Regional Health District confirmed with KHQ on Friday that they are working with local doctors to investigate a severe respiratory illness in one child. Most individuals who catch an enterovirus will experience symptoms similar to a common cold or flu including sneezing, a runny nose and a cough. >>
  • "Eye glow" is warning sign for deadly cancer

    "Eye glow" is warning sign for deadly cancer

    Sunday, August 17 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-08-18 02:44:32 GMT
    Sunday, August 17 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-08-18 02:56:19 GMT
    A Spokane family says an "eye glow" they noticed in their 2-year-old daughter may be signs of retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Now the family wants to educate others about the warning signs.Dawson and Julie Mosey say their daughter Scarlet received the frightening diagnoses last week when a neighbor spotted the discoloration in her left eye. >>
    A Spokane family says an "eye glow" they noticed in their 2-year-old daughter may be signs of retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Now the family wants to educate others about the warning signs.Dawson and Julie Mosey say their daughter Scarlet received the frightening diagnoses last week when a neighbor spotted the discoloration in her left eye. >>
  • ALERT: E. Coli Outbreak Found In Clover Sprouts

    ALERT: E. Coli Outbreak Found In Clover Sprouts

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-05-21 20:28:47 GMT
    Wednesday, May 21 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-05-21 20:28:47 GMT
    KHQ.COM - According to the Washington State Department of Health, there have been seven confirmed and three probable cases of E.coli illness linked to clover sprouts in Washington and Idaho. Five of those patients were hospitalized; there have been no deaths. State health officials are warning consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from an Idaho producer.>>
    KHQ.COM - According to the Washington State Department of Health, there have been seven confirmed and three probable cases of E.coli illness linked to clover sprouts in Washington and Idaho. Five of those patients were hospitalized; there have been no deaths. State health officials are warning consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from an Idaho producer. >>
  • Fungus That Causes Fatal Illness Found In WA State But No Need For Worry

    Fungus That Causes Fatal Illness Found In WA State But No Need For Worry

    Monday, May 5 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-05-05 18:21:55 GMT
    Monday, May 5 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-05-05 18:21:55 GMT
    KHQ.COM - KHQ's Nichole Mischke spoke with Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District and it she provided additional context around the WSU release. WSU recently tested soil in central Washington state and detected the fungus that, when inhaled, can cause Valley Fever. Three individuals from central Washington were diagnosed with Valley Fever in 2010-2011.>>
    KHQ.COM - KHQ's Nichole Mischke spoke with Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District and it she provided additional context around the WSU release. WSU recently tested soil in central Washington state and detected the fungus that, when inhaled, can cause Valley Fever. Three individuals from central Washington were diagnosed with Valley Fever in 2010-2011.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Congressional Report Presses For E-Cigarette Rules

    KHQ MD ALERT: Congressional Report Presses For E-Cigarette Rules

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:16:44 GMT
    Monday, April 14 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:16:44 GMT
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new Congressional report says concerns about electronic cigarettes underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry. The report released Monday highlights several issues including an array of flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, the lack of age restrictions and no uniform warning labels. It was written by the staff of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, California Rep. Henry Waxman and others. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that he...>>
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new Congressional report says concerns about electronic cigarettes underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry. The report released Monday highlights several issues including an array of flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, the lack of age restrictions and no uniform warning labels. It was written by the staff of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, California Rep. Henry Waxman and others. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that he...>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: March 31 Won't Be Final Health Insurance Deadline

    KHQ MD ALERT: March 31 Won't Be Final Health Insurance Deadline

    Monday, March 31 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-03-31 19:49:01 GMT
    Monday, March 31 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-03-31 19:49:01 GMT
    SEATTLE (AP) - Monday is not really the deadline for signing up for health insurance in Washington state for people who have made a real effort to get insurance but haven't succeeded.>>
    SEATTLE (AP) - Monday is not really the deadline for signing up for health insurance in Washington state for people who have made a real effort to get insurance but haven't succeeded.
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  • AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CHECK UP: Exceptions To Signing Up Late

    AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CHECK UP: Exceptions To Signing Up Late

    Friday, March 28 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-03-29 01:37:38 GMT
    Friday, March 28 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-03-29 01:37:38 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The deadline has passed to sign up for coverage on the state exchanges, but there are a couple of exceptions to the rule.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The deadline has passed to sign up for coverage on the state exchanges, but there are a couple of exceptions to the rule. KHQ talked with Curt Fackler from better health together about people who still can enroll for coverage. You want to have the social security numbers of everyone in your immediate family.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Canada Probes Possible Ebola Case

    KHQ MD ALERT: Canada Probes Possible Ebola Case

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-03-25 13:36:43 GMT
    Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-03-25 13:36:43 GMT
    (CNN) -- Health officials in Canada said Monday they are looking into the case of a man who recently traveled from Liberia and is exhibiting symptoms consistent with viral hemorrhagic fevers.Viral hemorrhagic fevers is a generic term that refers to a number of diseases found in Africa, including Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and yellow fever, according to Denise Werker, deputy chief medical health officer at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health."There is...>>
    (CNN) -- Health officials in Canada said Monday they are looking into the case of a man who recently traveled from Liberia and is exhibiting symptoms consistent with viral hemorrhagic fevers.Viral hemorrhagic fevers is a generic term that refers to a number of diseases found in Africa, including Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and yellow fever, according to Denise Werker, deputy chief medical health officer at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health."There is...>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Study To Test 'Chocolate' Pills For Heart Health

    KHQ MD ALERT: Study To Test 'Chocolate' Pills For Heart Health

    KHQ.COM - Chocolate lovers might perk up at word that researchers will study the potential health benefits of the yummy treat, but it's not about eating candy bars.>>
    KHQ.COM - Chocolate lovers might perk up at word that researchers will study the potential health benefits of the yummy treat, but it's not about eating candy bars.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Pregnant Women Taking Acetaminophen May Be Linked To ADHD In Children

    KHQ MD ALERT: Pregnant Women Taking Acetaminophen May Be Linked To ADHD In Children

    (CNN) – Results have just been released from a new study of one of the most widely-used pain medications.>>
    (CNN) – Results have just been released from a new study of one of the most widely-used pain medications.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Breast Cancer Survivors Needed For Research Study In Spokane

    KHQ MD ALERT: Breast Cancer Survivors Needed For Research Study In Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. – A university research student is looking for breast cancer survivors for a 12-week study. Participants need to commit three hours per week for 12 weeks.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. – A university research student is looking for breast cancer survivors for a 12-week study. Participants need to commit three hours per week for 12 weeks.
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  • Wilson Elementary Transforms Into 'Russell Wilson' Elementary School To Support Seahawks

    Wilson Elementary Transforms Into 'Russell Wilson' Elementary School To Support Seahawks

    SPOKANE, Wash. - There are a lot of committed Seattle Seahawks fans in the state of Washington, but the kids at Wilson Elementary School are certainly Spokane's loudest fans.This week, Principal Tony Ressa changed the name of the school to Russell Wilson Elementary School to support the Seahawks.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - There are a lot of committed Seattle Seahawks fans in the state of Washington, but the kids at Wilson Elementary School are certainly Spokane's loudest fans.This week, Principal Tony Ressa changed the name of the school to Russell Wilson Elementary School to support the Seahawks.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: New Study Warns Root Rot Could Get Worse

    KHQ MD ALERT: New Study Warns Root Rot Could Get Worse

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A new study warns that a fungus that devours the roots of Douglas fir trees in the Northwest could become a bigger killer as the climate changes.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A new study warns that a fungus that devours the roots of Douglas fir trees in the Northwest could become a bigger killer as the climate changes.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Flu Hits Peak Levels In Washington

    KHQ MD ALERT: Flu Hits Peak Levels In Washington

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - The flu has reached its peak, and 19 lab-confirmed flu deaths have been reported across the state since December.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - The flu has reached its peak, and 19 lab-confirmed flu deaths have been reported across the state since December.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Deadline Today For Jan. Health Insurance

    KHQ MD ALERT: Deadline Today For Jan. Health Insurance

    KHQ.COM - Today is the last day you can buy health insurance in the state of Washington to have it retroactively kick in on January 1. Washington state has had impressive success in getting its residents registered for health insurance. Over 71,000 people registered for health insurance in Washington. Another 72,000 have enrolled and just need to make their payment.
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    KHQ.COM - Today is the last day you can buy health insurance in the state of Washington to have it retroactively kick in on January 1. Washington state has had impressive success in getting its residents registered for health insurance. Over 71,000 people registered for health insurance in Washington. Another 72,000 have enrolled and just need to make their payment.

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  • Health Care Signups: More Older Americans So Far

    Health Care Signups: More Older Americans So Far

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance?>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance?
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  • KHQ MD ALERT: Flu Deaths In Washington Now Up To 11

    KHQ MD ALERT: Flu Deaths In Washington Now Up To 11

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - With its latest update Friday, the Washington Health Department says there have been 11 flu deaths in the state this season.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - With its latest update Friday, the Washington Health Department says there have been 11 flu deaths in the state this season.>>
  • Roberts Refuses To Grant Obamacare Emergency Stay

    Roberts Refuses To Grant Obamacare Emergency Stay

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has refused a group of doctors' request to block implementation of the nation's new health care law.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has refused a group of doctors' request to block implementation of the nation's new health care law.>>
  • Skimpy Health Law Plans Leave Some 'Underinsured'

    Skimpy Health Law Plans Leave Some 'Underinsured'

    WASHINGTON (AP) - If you know people who are working for just a little money and struggling with medical bills, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul may sound like the answer to their problems.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - If you know people who are working for just a little money and struggling with medical bills, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul may sound like the answer to their problems.>>
  • OBAMACARE: Adding A New Baby To Plan Not Easy

    OBAMACARE: Adding A New Baby To Plan Not Easy

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Another quirk has surfaced with the Obama administration's new health insurance system: There's no easy way to update your coverage for a new baby and other common life events.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Another quirk has surfaced with the Obama administration's new health insurance system: There's no easy way to update your coverage for a new baby and other common life events.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Adult Over 60 Becomes Idaho's First Flu Casualty

    KHQ MD ALERT: Adult Over 60 Becomes Idaho's First Flu Casualty

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The deadly side of the flu emerged in Idaho this week, with an adult over 60 becoming the first person to die this season after being infected with the virus.>>
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The deadly side of the flu emerged in Idaho this week, with an adult over 60 becoming the first person to die this season after being infected with the virus.>>
  • Federal Health Market Surpasses 1 Million Signups

    Federal Health Market Surpasses 1 Million Signups

    HONOLULU (AP) - The Obama administration says that following a December surge more than 1.1 million people have now enrolled for health insurance through the federal government's improved website.>>
    HONOLULU (AP) - The Obama administration says that following a December surge more than 1.1 million people have now enrolled for health insurance through the federal government's improved website.>>
  • Obama Signs Up Through DC Health Care Exchange

    Obama Signs Up Through DC Health Care Exchange

    HONOLULU (AP) - In a symbolic step, President Barack Obama has signed up for health insurance through the new exchanges created by his health care overhaul.>>
    HONOLULU (AP) - In a symbolic step, President Barack Obama has signed up for health insurance through the new exchanges created by his health care overhaul.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Hospital Suggests HIV Tests To 27 Patients

    KHQ MD ALERT: Hospital Suggests HIV Tests To 27 Patients

    SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle hospital is advising 27 patients to undergo HIV and hepatitis testing after finding that some equipment was not properly sterilized.>>
    SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle hospital is advising 27 patients to undergo HIV and hepatitis testing after finding that some equipment was not properly sterilized.>>
  • OBAMACARE UPDATE: New Data Released On Health Exchange Enrollees

    OBAMACARE UPDATE: New Data Released On Health Exchange Enrollees

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State officials say that the number of people signing up for private insurance on the state's new health exchange have increased significantly since the health exchange went online in October.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State officials say that the number of people signing up for private insurance on the state's new health exchange have increased significantly since the health exchange went online in October.>>
  • Health Website Woes Force Extension For Sickest

    Health Website Woes Force Extension For Sickest

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Technology problems with President Barack Obama's health care website are forcing the administration to extend a federal insurance plan for some of the sickest patients by a month.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Technology problems with President Barack Obama's health care website are forcing the administration to extend a federal insurance plan for some of the sickest patients by a month.>>
  • Updated Healthcare.gov Gets Mixed Reviews

    Updated Healthcare.gov Gets Mixed Reviews

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Consumers are reporting a mix of successes and failures as they try logging onto the updated healthcare.gov site.>>
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Consumers are reporting a mix of successes and failures as they try logging onto the updated healthcare.gov site.>>
  • Obama Tries To Move Past Health Care Website Woes, Avoid January Enrollment Snafus

    Obama Tries To Move Past Health Care Website Woes, Avoid January Enrollment Snafus

    KHQ.COM - The Obama administration is trying to move past the woes of its health care website.
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is trying to move past the woes of its health care website by launching a two-pronged strategy aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while trying to refocus attention on the broader benefits of the law.>>
  • White House: 375,000 Visits To Health Care Website

    White House: 375,000 Visits To Health Care Website

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the government's health care website received 375,000 visitors on Monday by noon.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the government's health care website received 375,000 visitors on Monday by noon.>>
  • Gov't Diagnosis: HealthCare.gov On The Mend

    Gov't Diagnosis: HealthCare.gov On The Mend

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage - if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage - if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.>>
  • Health Law Business Insurance Site Delayed 1 Year

    Health Law Business Insurance Site Delayed 1 Year

    CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama's administration has announced yet another delay in the rollout of the health care law.>>
    CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama's administration has announced yet another delay in the rollout of the health care law.>>
  • New Wiggle Room For Obama Health Plan Sign-Ups

    New Wiggle Room For Obama Health Plan Sign-Ups

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says people will have another eight days this year to sign up for insurance under the health care law and still get coverage by Jan. 1>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says people will have another eight days this year to sign up for insurance under the health care law and still get coverage by Jan. 1>>
  • White House: 1 In 5 Won't Make It Through Website

    White House: 1 In 5 Won't Make It Through Website

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says 20 percent of Americans won't make it through the website to buy health insurance through new exchanges.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says 20 percent of Americans won't make it through the website to buy health insurance through new exchanges.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT WARNING: Authorities Warn Idaho Residents Of Medicare Scam

    KHQ MD ALERT WARNING: Authorities Warn Idaho Residents Of Medicare Scam

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Department of Insurance is warning residents to watch out for scammers who may try to take advantage of consumers confused about changes under the Affordable Care Act.>>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Department of Insurance is warning residents to watch out for scammers who may try to take advantage of consumers confused about changes under the Affordable Care Act.>>
  • Young And Old Sign Up On WA Health Exchange

    Young And Old Sign Up On WA Health Exchange

    SEATTLE (AP) - Early sign-ups on Washington's health care exchange include both young and old, in contrast to what some other states are reporting.>>
    SEATTLE (AP) - Early sign-ups on Washington's health care exchange include both young and old, in contrast to what some other states are reporting.>>
  • House OKs Coverage Plans Short Of Obamacare Rules

    House OKs Coverage Plans Short Of Obamacare Rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation letting insurance companies sell individual coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of standards set in "Obamacare.">>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation letting insurance companies sell individual coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of standards set in "Obamacare.">>
  • OBAMACARE: Policy Cancellations: Obama Will Allow Old Plans

    OBAMACARE: Policy Cancellations: Obama Will Allow Old Plans

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says health insurance companies can continue to sell policies canceled under his health care law for at least one more year to existing customers.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says health insurance companies can continue to sell policies canceled under his health care law for at least one more year to existing customers. Obama is trying to head off a political furor created by a wave of cancellation notices hitting people who buy their coverage individually, as well as some small businesses.>>
  • Washington State Won't Let Old Insurance Policies To Be Extended

    Washington State Won't Let Old Insurance Policies To Be Extended

    SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state's insurance commissioner says President Obama's proposal on old insurance policies isn't a good deal for Washington citizens.>>
    SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state's insurance commissioner says President Obama's proposal on old insurance policies isn't a good deal for Washington citizens.>>
  • SLUGGISH START: Only 26,794 Signed Up For Federal Obamacare Plans, Officials Say

    SLUGGISH START: Only 26,794 Signed Up For Federal Obamacare Plans, Officials Say

    KHQ.COM - Only 26,000 people managed to buy health insurance on Healthcare.gov in October, the first month the website was open, the Health and Human Services Department said Wednesday.>>
    KHQ.COM - Only 26,000 people managed to buy health insurance on Healthcare.gov in October, the first month the website was open, the Health and Human Services Department said Wednesday. But more than 106,000 have made it through the process on both the state and federal websites.
    >>
  • Put Down The Frosting: FDA Takes On Trans Fat

    Put Down The Frosting: FDA Takes On Trans Fat

    Since the 1950's, partially hydrogenated oils have been widely used in process foods to increase shelf life.>>
    Since the 1950's, partially hydrogenated oils have been widely used in process foods to increase shelf life. It's been established for some time that trans fats are bad news when it comes to heart health. Now the Food and Drug Administration has begun the process of banning trans fats from our food supply.>>
  • Gov't Document Show Health Site Posed Security Risk

    Gov't Document Show Health Site Posed Security Risk

    WASHINGTON (AP) - An internal government memo obtained by The Associated Press shows administration officials were concerned that a lack of testing posed a "high" security risk for President Barack Obama's new health insurance website. The Sept. 27 memo to Medicare chief Marylin Tavenner said a website contractor wasn't able to test all the security controls in one complete version of the system.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An internal government memo obtained by The Associated Press shows administration officials were concerned that a lack of testing posed a "high" security risk for President Barack Obama's new health insurance website. The Sept. 27 memo to Medicare chief Marylin Tavenner said a website contractor wasn't able to test all the security controls in one complete version of the system.>>
  • Health Site Security Concerns Raised In Memo

    Health Site Security Concerns Raised In Memo

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Defending President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care law in Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was confronted Wednesday with a government memo that raised security concerns about the website consumers are using to enroll.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Defending President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care law in Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was confronted Wednesday with a government memo that raised security concerns about the website consumers are using to enroll.
    >>
  • Obama Admin. Lowers Health Sign-Up Expectations

    Obama Admin. Lowers Health Sign-Up Expectations

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is trying to lower expectations for strong initial enrollments under the president's historic expansion of health coverage for the medically uninsured.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is trying to lower expectations for strong initial enrollments under the president's historic expansion of health coverage for the medically uninsured.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Medicare Monthly Premium To Stay At $104.90

    KHQ MD ALERT: Medicare Monthly Premium To Stay At $104.90

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Medicare says the "Part B" premium most seniors pay for outpatient care will stay the same in 2014, at $104.90 a month.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Medicare says the "Part B" premium most seniors pay for outpatient care will stay the same in 2014, at $104.90 a month.>>
  • WA Health Exchange Still Fixing Problems Daily

    WA Health Exchange Still Fixing Problems Daily

    SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's new health insurance marketplace is now fully functional. But three weeks after the web-based application's shaky launch, technicians are still fixing problems almost daily.>>
    SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's new health insurance marketplace is now fully functional. But three weeks after the web-based application's shaky launch, technicians are still fixing problems almost daily.>>
  • Healthcare.gov Will Work Smoothly By End Of November, Government Pledges

    Healthcare.gov Will Work Smoothly By End Of November, Government Pledges

    KHQ.COM - The troubled federal health insurance website will be fixed by the end of November, according to government officials.
    >>
    KHQ.COM - The troubled federal health insurance website will be fixed by the end of November, giving uninsured Americans two weeks to get signed up in time to have health insurance by the earliest possible date, officials pledged Friday.>>
  • Obama Admin. Taps Contractor To Fix Health Website

    Obama Admin. Taps Contractor To Fix Health Website

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly a month into the health care rollout and no end in sight to computer problems, the Obama administration says it's finally getting someone outside the government to take the lead.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly a month into the health care rollout and no end in sight to computer problems, the Obama administration says it's finally getting someone outside the government to take the lead.>>
  • Health Site Builders Said More Testing Was Needed

    Health Site Builders Said More Testing Was Needed

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two contractors responsible for building the Healthcare.gov website say they would have liked more time to test it.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two contractors responsible for building the Healthcare.gov website say they would have liked more time to test it.>>
  • Obama Administration: About 476K Affordable Care Act Applications Filed

    Obama Administration: About 476K Affordable Care Act Applications Filed

    Obama administration officials say about 476,000 insurance applications have been filed through new health-care exchanges.>>
    Obama administration officials say about 476,000 insurance applications have been filed through new health-care exchanges.
    >>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Gonorrhea Outbreak Increases In Spokane County

    KHQ MD ALERT: Gonorrhea Outbreak Increases In Spokane County

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), recently noted an unexpected increase in the number of gonorrhea cases in Spokane County.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), recently noted an unexpected increase in the number of gonorrhea cases in Spokane County. In consideration of these numbers, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has declared a gonorrhea outbreak for the county.>>
  • Health Law Glitches: Fatal Or Fleeting?

    Health Law Glitches: Fatal Or Fleeting?

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The glitch-ridden rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law has opponents crowing: "Told you so!">>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The glitch-ridden rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law has opponents crowing: "Told you so!">>
  • Affordable Care Act Checkup

    Affordable Care Act Checkup

    Confused about the new Affordable Care Act? Well you're not alone. There are in-depth explanations of the new act and how it affects you, but here is just a little crash course. >>
    Confused about the new Affordable Care Act? Well you're not alone. There are in-depth explanations of the new act and how it affects you, but here is just a little crash course. Affordable Care Act 101.>>
  • Day 2 Of WA Health Exchange: It's Working

    Day 2 Of WA Health Exchange: It's Working

    SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state's new health insurance exchange is open and ready for business on its second day of operation.>>
    SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state's new health insurance exchange is open and ready for business on its second day of operation. Computer problems closed the website for the health insurance marketplace for hours on Tuesday morning, its first day of operation. A spokesman for the exchange says glitches are part of the story for any new software launch.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Health Department Warns 415 Spokane Patients

    KHQ MD ALERT: Health Department Warns 415 Spokane Patients

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state Health Department is notifying 415 patients of a Spokane plastic surgery clinic that they could have been infected by multiple uses of needles and drug vials meant for single use.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state Health Department is notifying 415 patients of a Spokane plastic surgery clinic that they could have been infected by multiple uses of needles and drug vials meant for single use. The department says patients of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center from 2006 to last April should consider blood tests for hepatitis and HIV.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Gonorrhea Rate Climbs In N. Idaho

    KHQ MD ALERT: Gonorrhea Rate Climbs In N. Idaho

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The gonorrhea rate is rising in north Idaho at a time when health officials have few effective antibiotic drugs still able to treat the disease.>>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The gonorrhea rate is rising in north Idaho at a time when health officials have few effective antibiotic drugs still able to treat the disease.>>
  • UPDATE: Health Exchange Website Hits Snag On First Day

    UPDATE: Health Exchange Website Hits Snag On First Day

    SEATTLE (AP) - The website for Washington state's new health exchange got off to a rough start Tuesday.>>
    SEATTLE (AP) - The website for Washington state's new health exchange got off to a rough start Tuesday. Reports of people being unable to get onto the site or complete their application led officials to take the site offline shortly after it went live. Officials said that while not all users were affected, they put the site into maintenance mode to investigate the problem.>>
  • Affordable Care Act Just Days Away

    Affordable Care Act Just Days Away

    Until now, it's all been talk. Starting Tuesday, health care reform will move from speculation to reality when insurance exchanges in Washington state and across the nation open for business.>>
    Until now, it's all been talk. Starting Tuesday, health care reform will move from speculation to reality when insurance exchanges in Washington state and across the nation open for business.
    >>
  • Obama To Promote Health Care Law Thursday

    Obama To Promote Health Care Law Thursday

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will promote his health care law in a speech Thursday just days before uninsured Americans can begin signing up for coverage under the law's new insurance marketplaces.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will promote his health care law in a speech Thursday just days before uninsured Americans can begin signing up for coverage under the law's new insurance marketplaces.>>
  • House Passes Bill To Delay Health Care Subsidies

    House Passes Bill To Delay Health Care Subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed another bill opposing President Barack Obama's health care law.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed another bill opposing President Barack Obama's health care law.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: FDA Receives 89 Reports Of Illness From Yogurt

    KHQ MD ALERT: FDA Receives 89 Reports Of Illness From Yogurt

    TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration reports at least 89 people have reported getting sick after eating Chobani Greek yogurt manufactured in Twin Falls, Idaho.>>
    TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration reports at least 89 people have reported getting sick after eating Chobani Greek yogurt manufactured in Twin Falls, Idaho.>>
  • KHQ MD FOOD ALERT: Chobani Pulls Yogurt From Store Shelves

    KHQ MD FOOD ALERT: Chobani Pulls Yogurt From Store Shelves

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Yogurt maker Chobani says it has pulled products from stores following reports of yogurt that didn't remain fresh as long as it should have.>>
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Yogurt maker Chobani says it has pulled products from stores following reports of yogurt that didn't remain fresh as long as it should have.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Dangerous Threat For Teens: 'Smoking' Alcohol

    KHQ MD ALERT: Dangerous Threat For Teens: 'Smoking' Alcohol

    KHQ.COM - It's the dangerous new way teens are getting drunk -- and it's going viral. Now doctors say it could be deadly.>>
    KHQ.COM - It's the dangerous new way teens are getting drunk -- and it's going viral. Now doctors say it could be deadly.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: Hepatitis A Linked To Frozen Berries Sickens 87

    KHQ MD ALERT: Hepatitis A Linked To Frozen Berries Sickens 87

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has grown to 87 people with illnesses in eight states.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has grown to 87 people with illnesses in eight states. The CDC said Tuesday that illnesses have been reported in Arizona, California Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: HPV A Growing Cause Of Upper Throat Cancer

    KHQ MD ALERT: HPV A Growing Cause Of Upper Throat Cancer

    ATLANTA (AP) - Actor Michael Douglas' comments about throat cancer have thrown a spotlight on cancer risks from a sexually spread virus.>>
    ATLANTA (AP) - Actor Michael Douglas' comments about throat cancer have thrown a spotlight on cancer risks from a sexually spread virus.>>
  • The Truth About Vitamin D: How Sunshine Can Change Your Health

    The Truth About Vitamin D: How Sunshine Can Change Your Health

    KHQ.COM - Deficient is not a word we like to hear used to describe us. Unfortunately, that's what most of us are - in vitamin D, that is.>>
    KHQ.COM - Deficient is not a word we like to hear used to describe us. Unfortunately, that's what most of us are - in vitamin D, that is.>>
  • UPDATE: Senate Rejects GOP Effort To Repeal 'Obamacare'

    UPDATE: Senate Rejects GOP Effort To Repeal 'Obamacare'

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Senate has rejected a Republican effort to attach the repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law to a government spending bill.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Senate has rejected a Republican effort to attach the repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law to a government spending bill.>>
  • KHQ MD ALERT: CDC Warns Health Officials Of Deadly New Virus

    KHQ MD ALERT: CDC Warns Health Officials Of Deadly New Virus

    KHQ.COM - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday warned state and local health officials about potential infections from a deadly virus.>>
    KHQ.COM - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday warned state and local health officials about potential infections from a deadly virus previously unseen in humans that has now sickened 14 people and killed 8.>>
  • How Employers May Be Able to Dodge The Cost Of Obamacare In 2014

    How Employers May Be Able to Dodge The Cost Of Obamacare In 2014

    KHQ.COM: President Obama's Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is scheduled to go into effect in 2014.
    >>
    KHQ.COM: Obamacare will require employers to provide healthcare to employees who work at least 30 hours-a-week. Darden Restaurants are already employing more part-timers to dodge Obamacare altogether.>>
  • AP: Obamacare Worsens; ER Crowding

    AP: Obamacare Worsens; ER Crowding

    CHICAGO - Emergency rooms, the only choice for patients who can't find care elsewhere, may grow even more crowded with longer wait times under the nation's new health law.>>
    CHICAGO - Emergency rooms, the only choice for patients who can't find care elsewhere, may grow even more crowded with longer wait times under the nation's new health law. That might come as a surprise to those who thought getting 32 million more people covered by health insurance would ease ER crowding.>>
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