This past October, President Trump issued a proclamation that would bar immigrants in certain visa categories from entering the United States unless they purchase specified forms of health coverage or have the resources necessary to pay “reasonably foreseeable” medical costs. The stated motive is to reduce the costs of uncompensated care, or expenses incurred by hospitals and other providers when they deliver services to people without health coverage or the ability to pay.
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A change in Washington law helps parents address mental-health needs of their teenage children, but barriers remain
When Hollie Kelly first started running away at age 13, her mother filed police runaway reports. But when police brought Hollie back to her Enumclaw home, the teenager never stayed for long.
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CHILDREN IN RURAL AREAS are more likely to have a developmental disability than those in urban areas, but they're less likely to access certain services that could help them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read the full article at U.S. News and World Report.
None of the 2,300 words tumbling at a rate of about 200 per minute from the disembodied mouth at the center of Samuel Beckett’s “Not I” is “biscuit.”
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Parents with children in the special education system often struggle to balance work with the many appointments and school meetings kids with disabilities can require. Things just got a bit easier, thanks to a new Labor Department opinion that IEP meetings qualify for leave coverage under the Family and Medical Leave (FMLA).
Read the full article at Parents Together.
You’ve probably heard it a dozen times by now. But here it goes again: Sleep is important. Just how important? Scientists know that our weight, mental health and immune system are connected to our sleep habits. So are your grades — to a surprising degree, a new study finds.
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Washington, DC--The American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Defense Fund, Children's Hospital Association, Family Voices, First Focus on Children, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, March of Dimes and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners issue the following joint statement opposing guidance issued today by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing drastic changes to Medicaid and their detrimental impact on children and families:
Read more at the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
OLYMPIA – The hepatitis C virus (HCV) ElimiNATION awareness bus is traveling to the Puget Sound region after a successful first stop in Spokane at the 9th Annual Spokane Homeless Connect. This is part of a plan to educate people about the importance of HCV screening and connecting to care.
OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is working closely with partners, including federal and state agencies and local health departments, to implement new federal measures announced on January 31, 2020 to control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
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