Health

Has Kootenai Health outgrown the hospital district model?

COEUR d’ALENE — Kootenai Health management is ready to decide whether the hospital district should transition from state ownership to a nonprofit. Idaho county hospitals have long had the option of transitioning from public ownership to private nonprofit organizations. An update to the law that took effect July 1 gives hospital districts like Kootenai Health …

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Colorado officials accused of unfairly raising Polis’ health insurance policy

The Colorado Option, the new health insurance program that seeks to give people better coverage at lower prices, is the result of years of work by Democratic lawmakers, state officials and advocacy groups to prove that a a more consumer-friendly insurance plan can be profitable in the free market. But now health insurance brokers say …

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Multnomah County Health strongly recommends that everyone wear masks indoors as viruses are on the rise

December 2, 2022 Multnomah County health officials are urging everyone, including K-12 schools and child care centers, to wear masks in public indoor spaces until at least January 1, 2023 due to the rise in respiratory winter viruses. The recommendation is voluntary, and organizations are not expected to change their masking policies, health official Dr. …

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Thousands more Vermonters are eligible for health insurance savings this year

A new federal rule expands access to Vermont Health Connect premium subsidies for family members of workers with employer-based insurance, and higher income eligibility for subsidies is extended through 2025. Photo by Darko Stojanovic via Pixabay Thousands more Vermonters are poised to qualify for health insurance savings this year after two recent changes in federal …

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How mental health staffing shortages are delaying justice in Utah’s courts

SALT LAKE CITY – As the leaves changed color and fell last month, Matt Guitar sat in a park surrounded by the evidence of the passing of time. “I have this open wound that I just want to close,” he said. As fall gave way to winter, Guither faced another holiday season without her husband, …

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The Biden administration will end the public health emergency over monkeypox

People line up to get a monkeypox vaccination at a new monkeypox vaccination site at Barnsdall Art Park on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Brian van der Brug | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The Biden administration will end the public health emergency declared in response to the monkeypox outbreak as new …

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The Biden administration will end the public health emergency over monkeypox

People line up to get a monkeypox vaccination at a new monkeypox vaccination site at Barnsdall Art Park on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Brian van der Brug | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The Biden administration will end the public health emergency declared in response to the monkeypox outbreak as new …

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Health benefits of using wind energy instead of fossil fuels — ScienceDaily

Nearly 10 percent of today’s electricity in the United States comes from wind power. Renewable energy benefits the climate, air quality and public health by displacing emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants that would otherwise be produced by fossil fuel-based power plants. A new MIT study finds that the health benefits associated with wind …

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