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Category: Insurance


Pierce County hosting free, two-hour seminar Aug. 5 on Affordable Care Act Exchange

Rather than being bewildered and befuddled about the Affordable Care Act – which will soon be implemented – here’s a chance to get some perspective.

The state has chosen to establish a Health Benefit Exchange, which is a marketplace where individuals and businesses with fewer than 50 employees can shop for insurance plans.

So what does this mean for you? Pierce County is hosting a meeting early next month where guests can “learn about significant changes to health care delivery and what they mean for your business and your employees. Even if you have more than 50 employees, this seminar

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Grocery workers to post informational pickets Wednesday

Attempts to reach a new labor agreement for some 30,000 grocery workers in the Puget Sound area are reaching a confrontational stage.

Workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, will post informational pickets outside 12 stores Wednesday to draw attention to what they say are attempts by local grocery chains to cut back their pay and benefits.

Those informational pickets will march in front of the stores between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. One Tacoma store, the Fred Meyer at 6901 South 19th Street, has been targeted among the dozen Puget Sound stores.

The union claims

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Yakima tops state list for car theft; Washington places two in U.S. Top Ten


Go to the National Insurance Crime Bureau website and look for Hot Spots 2012. There’s a map of the United States and 10 little red dots, each marking a hotbed of auto theft.

Everything east of the West Coast is empty, pristine, unsullied by a serious problem with car theft. But eight red dots reside in California. Two sit in the Evergreen State.

Yakima ranks fifth in the nation for car thefts with a 2012 rate of 674.15 thefts per 100,000 people. Spokane and Spokane Valley come in ninth nationwide with a rate of 568.34.

The Tacoma-Seattle area

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DaVita subsidiary, Paladina Health, opens second Washington clinic in Federal Way

Paladina Health, the DaVita subsidiary that opened its first primary care clinic in downtown Tacoma, opened its second location in Washington on Tuesday.

Located at 32275 32nd Ave. S. in Federal Way, near DaVita’s newest business offices, the clinic is also the 35th in a nationwide network of “employer-sponsored medical homes” — in other words, a way for businesses to provide healthcare coverage for employees without using an insurance company.

Paladina Health is a subsidiary of $9 billion health care services company DaVita HealthCare Partners, which is based in Denver. DaVita is a national leader in kidney care and dialysis,

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Major office deal announced for State Farm in Arizona

Today in Tempe, Ariz., city officials announced that two private developers will build a $600 million mixed-use complex that will be anchored by State Farm.

According to a report in the East Valley Tribune’s online edition, Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings will develop a site owned by Arizone State University near Tempe Town Lake. The deal is subject to City Council approval of development agreement details in the coming month. (I wonder what the chances are of that agreement not getting approved.)

More details from the Tribune:

The Marina Heights project in Tempe will be the largest office

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Tacoma’s MultiCare Health System, Grays Harbor Community Hospital to form alliance

The regional trend of smaller hospitals forming alliances with large health systems continued Friday as Grays Harbor Community Hospital announced it has signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Tacoma’s MultiCare Health System.

The two health care organizations said they’re forming the alliance to “share clinical best practices and expand services in  Grays Harbor County and the surrounding region.”

“We are excited to build on our longstanding relationship with Grays Harbor Community Hospital to help improve access to care service for area residents,” said Diane Cecchettini, chief executive officer at MultiCare. “Our two systems have collaborated for years, particularly

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New York Life in Tacoma seeking 25 life insurance agent candidates

If you’ve thought about a career in life insurance, this might be a good time to act.

Dan Rioux, managing partner of the Tacoma office of New York Life, has written to explain that he’s in need of 25 new agents to supplement the 50 agents already in the area.

“There’s an unmet demand in Tacoma and the South Sound,” he said Monday. “We’re not anywhere close to the numbers we need to grow.”

He’s looking for prospective agents with a background in sales or sales management. He notes that the company hired 3,597 agents in 2012, nationwide, and

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Un-moving violations: 11 top excuses drivers offer after being pulled over

Sorry officer, the dog ate my imagination. on Monday released the results of a poll of licensed drivers who were asked what their excuses have been when pulled over for traffic violations.

In order:
1. I couldn’t see the sign telling me not to do it.
2. I’m lost and unfamiliar with the roads.
3. I didn’t know it was broken.
4. Everyone else was doing it.
5. I’m having an emergency situation in my car. (For instance, a hot drink just spilled in my lap.)
6. I missed my turn/exit.

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