To the Editor

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.

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Local senator’s signature legislation signed

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.

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Opinion: Pro on Obamacare

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?

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City hosts health care insurance enrollment event

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.

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King County unveils health care blog

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.

 

State senator’s healthcare law marks milestone

September 7, 2010

Issaquah-area state Sen. Cheryl Pflug, a registered nurse and Republican, sponsored a bill during the 2010 regular legislative session to establish pilot projects meant to make healthcare more affordable.

Group Health Cooperative has been selected as the lead organization for the projects, the Washington State Health Care Authority announced last week.

The effort encourages public and private healthcare systems to coordinate patient care and pay for results rather than treatments.

The programs must be developed and implemented by January 2012. State funding is not available to Group Health, but the Seattle-based system can seek federal funds, grants and donations.

“I’m excited to see the selection of Group Health as the lead organization,” Pflug said in a statement. “This next step will build upon their recent success with enhancing the coordinating role of the primary care provider. I look forward to substantial progress toward an efficient health system that is far more satisfying for patients and providers.”

State senator’s healthcare law marks milestone

September 7, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2010

Issaquah-area state Sen. Cheryl Pflug, a registered nurse and a Republican, sponsored a bill during the 2010 regular legislative session to establish pilot projects meant to make healthcare more affordable.

Group Health Cooperative has been selected as the lead organization for the projects, the Washington State Health Care Authority announced last week.

The effort encourages public and private healthcare systems to coordinate patient care and pay for results rather than treatments.

The programs must be developed and implemented by January 2012. State funding is not available to Group Health, but the Seattle-based system can seek federal funds, grants and donations.

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Candidates vie to represent 41st District in state House

July 20, 2010

Three candidates will vie for a 41st District House of Representatives seat in the coming primary election, including the incumbent, Judy Clibborn. Issaquah and other 41st District voters will narrow the field to two candidates in the Aug. 17 primary election. Read more

Congressman talks trade during stop here

July 13, 2010

Congressman Dave Reichert emphasized trade as a prescription to revive the stalled economy during a meeting with Issaquah business leaders late last week.

Reichert, a Republican and former King County sheriff, stopped at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands on July 9 for a 90-minute discussion about how recent federal legislation affects businesses.

The congressman called on the federal government to make ports in trade-dependent Washington more attractive to businesses, because, he added after the Issaquah meeting, the state cannot afford to lose trade to ports in neighboring British Columbia.

Dave Reichert

“If our ports start to lose business, the businesses here that are supported by importing and exporting goods will begin to falter,” he said.

The fallout, he said, could impact businesses throughout the Eastside — the population center in the congressional district Reichert has represented since 2003.

President Obama appointed Reichert to the President’s Export Council in May. The group — lawmakers, federal department chiefs, and business and labor leaders — advises the president on trade issues.

Reichert offered support for a White House goal to double U.S. exports by 2015.

“His mission, which I applaud, is to double exports in the next five years,” Reichert said. “I’m going to bring some ideas on how we might be able to do that. One of those would be: We need to pass trade agreements.”

The congressman said a proposed free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea could help meet the goal. Though the Bush administration negotiated most of the pact, the proposal has been stalled since 2007.

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Congressman talks trade during Issaquah stop

July 9, 2010

NEW — 6:25 p.m. July 9, 2010

Congressman Dave Reichert emphasized trade as a prescription to revive the stalled economy during a meeting with Issaquah business leaders Friday afternoon.

Reichert, a Republican and a former King County sheriff, stopped at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands for a 90-minute discussion about how recent federal legislation affects businesses.

The congressman called on the federal government to make ports in trade-dependent Washington more attractive to businesses, because, he added after the Issaquah meeting, the state cannot afford to lose trade to ports in neighboring British Columbia.

“If our ports start to lose business, the businesses here that are supported by importing and exporting goods will begin to falter,” he said.

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