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HEALTH CARE: Hold providers accountable

I’d like to share components of House Bill 1519 in an effort to encourage public support and awareness of this legislation.

The Health Care & Wellness Committee passed House Bill 1519 in April 2013. This bill establishes accountability measures for service coordination organizations. Regional support networks, agencies on aging, Medicaid managed-care organizations and county substance abuse programs will be held accountable for how service is being provided and delivered to clients.

Individuals seeking health care should not be passed off to the next care provider without having first exhausted all possible efforts.

Under HB 1519, the Health Care Authority and the Department

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VA: Local facilities delivered quality care

With the current negative publicity and heightened focus on all Veterans Affairs hospitals and their staff, I felt compelled to voice my perspective on my personal experience with American Lake and Seattle VA hospitals.

I am a 66-year-old Vietnam-era veteran. I have been fortunate to have had good health over the years but recently experienced pain in my left hip and sacroiliac joint. My military experience 40-some years ago included duty as a paratrooper.

The physicians at American Lake VA hospital ordered X-rays and diagnosed the root cause of my pain as a hip or a sacroiliac problem. Further X-rays

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MULTICARE: Care being cut along with costs?

Re: “Amid record profits, MultiCare plans cuts” (TNT, 11-9).

Now we can add MultiCare Health Systems to the list of corporations that solve their supposed problems by laying off staff. I’d like to see what it says in management’s bonus plans regarding cost reductions.

It’s difficult to believe that this “cost-cutting” measure won’t significantly affect quality of service. Multi-Care should consider that we patients are its customers and expect a reasonable standard of service, and that there is a connection between employee loyalty and customer loyalty.

This company may be riding a wave now but may have quite an

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HEALTH CARE: Doomsayers being proved wrong

Re: “Health act costs businesses a lot less than feared” (TNT, 10-20).

Contrary to all dire predictions, the Affordable Care Act has not created massive job losses due to costs. According to the article, this year represents the lowest increase in premiums to corporations in more than 16 years. Likewise, the massive layoffs predicted by the Chamber of Commerce because of this law never occurred.

The doom-and-gloom predictions have failed to materialize in the marketplace. Care costs are also slowing due to the recognition that set prices for various procedures are not negotiable under the law..

At some point, people

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ELECTION: Dawn Morrell deserves vote Nov. 4

Being a lifelong resident of Puyallup for 74 years I have found state Rep. Dawn Morrell to be one of the most effective legislators to serve our community. I’ve known many of the legislators who have served the 25th Legislative District and Morrell ranks up with the best of them.

We need Morrell in the Legislature with her experience to clearly understand health care and the needs of patients and practitioners. She has been there to provide the knowledge needed to make sure waste is reduced and true needs are being met.

Morrell tells the truth; she tells it like

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LAKEWOOD: Medical care seems lacking

Recently I relocated to Lakewood from South Bend, Indiana. As a retired nurse and patient, I am surprised at what appears to be a lack of up-to-date medical facilities in Lakewood.

Indiana has one-stop medical clinics. All physicians including specialists are located in one facility. The lab, X-rays, MRIs, etc. are located in the same building. Rarely do you need to leave the building for care.

The clinics are large, so ill patients do not transmit illness easily. Appointments are easily made, and physicians are graded on the quality of care given.

I have had no luck finding a physician

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VA: Shinseki’s only a scapegoat

Poor Eric Shinseki – for whom I hold no particular brief. He is the designated spear catcher to distract from problems that are inherent in, and intrinsic to, large, unionized government bureaucracies. The problems we have seen are particularly prevalent in the area of government-provided health care, although “provided” may be too strong a word, since lack of provision is the issue.

Britain’s National Health Service did something exactly analogous to the Veterans Affairs secret waiting lists, and for the same reason: to “comply” with regulations requiring timely treatment of patients. In that case, patients were parked in ambulances outside

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ACA: Health care should be a right, not a privilege

Over the last couple of years I have heard a lot about the Affordable Care Act, yet never truly understood it. I kept hearing about deadlines for signing up for health insurance, but as a college freshman I did not think that it applied to me.

This past month while on spring break, I dealt with the stress of getting health coverage under the Affordable Care Act in order to avoid a penalty. With a job that only paid minimum wage, I was not sure how I would be able to afford health insurance. However, due to my low income,

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