September 22, 2015
Let people live and die with dignity
Tom Corrigan’s comments regarding health care in the Sept. 10, 2015 edition of The Issaquah Press in the Off The Press section are again timely and passionate. His concerns echo those shared by Atul Gawande in the bestseller, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”
September 9, 2015
NEW — 5:03 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Some things you just can’t shake no matter how much you might want to. Maybe that’s a good thing and maybe it’s not. I guess it depends on whether you can deal with whatever it is or let it fester until you end up spending nights staring at the ceiling.
I am not doing the latter, but I also can’t seem to get past this and maybe I don’t want to.
Not at least until I’ve shot my mouth off.
In August, Rep. Dave Reichert, R-8th Congressional District, came to visit the Spiritwood at Pine Lake Assisted Living Facility on 228th Avenue Southeast, roughly on the border between Issaquah and Sammamish. I have nothing against Reichert, I don’t doubt his motives and one of his public relations people said he was visiting Spiritwood to learn about assisted living. And that’s where, for me, things started going off the rails. Read more
May 31, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. May 31, 2015
Help ensure students arrive at school with the tools required to succeed. Through the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Basic Student Needs fund, you can provide food, health care, clothing and school supplies for students in need.
With Tools 4 School, “you’ve got their backs” means students have new backpacks filled with supplies to help them thrive throughout the school year. The annual drive collects backpacks and school supplies for hundreds of local students.
April 28, 2015
Everyone should have basic medical care
“There’s something sick about healthcare,” by Tom Corrigan, in the April 15, 2015, edition of The Issaquah Press was both informative and inspirational to read.
April 14, 2015
Late in February, my wife Michelle became suddenly, seriously ill, ending up in the hospital for a little over two weeks. One week of that was spent in intensive care.
The beautiful part here is she is home and doing fine. To me, that’s the most important sentence in this column.
July 29, 2014
Relay for Life
Group is still needing funds to make its goal
On May 31, members from our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2014 Relay For Life. As always, it was those involved who made this year’s Relay For Life an outstanding event and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
“Thank you” doesn’t seem enough for what the community gave to Relay For Life this year. We are so grateful for: the planning team made of volunteers who spent the year organizing the event; the team captains and team members who raised money and awareness for cancer research during the Relay season; our day of event volunteers who helped set up and prepare; and our sponsors and community businesses that made generous donations.
June 3, 2014
After working on the issue of health care transparency for two legislative sessions, Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th District, Issaquah) recently stood at the governor’s side as the bill was signed into law.
“This was my top legislative priority this session, and with the cooperation of my colleagues in the Legislature, we were able to become one of the first states nationwide to pass this type of health care transparency legislation,” Mullet said in a press release.
Starting in January 2016, State Bill 6228 requires insurance companies in Washington state to provide a tool on the homepage of their website and a mobile app to enable consumers to look up information about how much a procedure will cost from various medical providers in their area. Consumers will also be able to see quality information when available and give feedback on patient experience.
December 18, 2013
NEW — 10:50 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013
In the past few years, you have most likely heard people around you discussing Obamacare. Chances are you haven’t really paid much attention to what they were saying. I mean, as a teen, it doesn’t affect you right? Think again.
Before I begin, what is Obamacare?
October 22, 2013
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Issaquah residents who don’t have health insurance can now enroll in affordable health insurance options online at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
Still, enrolling might seem daunting for anyone who doesn’t have good Internet access, or who doesn’t feel comfortable signing up using a website.
That’s why the city of Issaquah and Public Health – Seattle & King County have teamed up for an in-person enrollment event from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.
September 24, 2013
The most common complaint about the new health care law is that it’s too complicated.
Figuring out what’s happening locally can be a challenge. The blog http://coverkingcounty.com, created by Public Health — Seattle & King County, should help.
It keeps track of the events, milestones and stories unfolding locally. The blog is also used to communicate with a network of local health and human services organizations that are assisting the uninsured get health coverage. It’s not targeted at a wide public audience.