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Snohomish County’s new health board elects chair at first meeting
The new county health department officially launched Jan. 1. The transition from a health district continues.
To solve home care aide shortage, Washington may expand who can be one
Mae Hochstetler can pay the bills because the state pays her to care for her adult son, with a pandemic pay bump.
Smile Check offers free dental care for hundreds of kids who need it
More than 1,300 students in the Mukilteo School District received screenings and referrals at school.
At Marysville drug takeback, providers aim for ‘biggest possible impact’
About 30 visitors stopped by the event “Recovery Starts Today!” — and several signed up for treatment for substance use disorder.
‘I’ve never experienced the patient loads that I experience now’
Short-staffing is prompting an exodus of nurses. Health care workers in Everett are demanding solutions in Olympia.
Amid more need, Granite Falls food bank raises $15K with ‘Empty Bowls’
The food bank served 14,000 people in 2022, an increase of 36% from the previous year.
Nursing homes face staffing crunch
A bill in Olympia would increase Medicaid rates, wages to bolster skilled nursing facilities.
5 things to watch in Snohomish County as COVID public emergency ends
Snohomish County health care leaders shared what they’re concerned about when the federal emergency expires May 11.
Amid patient woes, CHC of Snohomish County staffers push for a union
Doctors and nurse practitioners are worried about providers being shut out from clinical decisions, which hurts patient care.
Office on wheels brings EBT cards, resources to rural Snohomish County
In places like Gold Bar, people can get their food assistance card immediately from the DSHS mobile office, a truck.
COVID still ‘simmering’ in the county, while booster uptake remains low
Meanwhile, flu and RSV cases have plummeted, suggesting the “tripledemic” could — emphasis on “could” — be fading.
Nearly 40K Snohomish County residents might lose Medicaid coverage
State agencies, health plans and clinics are urging people to update their contact information.
Providence disputes details in TikTok about Everett nurse staffing
Nurses say the medical-telemetry unit recently had ratios of one nurse per eight patients — twice as many as they should have.
New VA clinic in Everett already has 5,300 patients
U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier toured the new center Friday, where veterans can get primary care and a growing list of specialty services close to home.
‘We cannot help people if they are not alive’
Everett libraries and Snohomish County have partnered to train people on how to use naloxone, in an effort to reverse overdoses.
Providence to close inpatient hospice unit in Everett
Patients and families will have to go to Bellingham or Kirkland for similar care. Employees will be offered other positions.
Everett Clinic’s spat with Premera ‘lifts the curtain’ on price increases
When The Everett Clinic acquired Eastside, rates increased 50%, according to court filings.
In Medicare Advantage stalemate, Everett Clinic patients left in limbo
The Everett Clinic has apparently turned away patients with Regence coverage, despite the provisions of a public health emergency.
Top health news in 2022
We’ve gathered some of the year’s most important health stories for Snohomish County.
Snohomish Health District merger cuts off insurance for retirees
Dozens of retirees will lose access to PEBB insurance on Jan. 1, which they learned in letters sent around Thanksgiving.