Category: Washington

Pharma Sells States On ‘Netflix Model’ To Wipe Out Hep C. But At What Price?

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JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News and Barbara Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News and Donna Gordon Blankinship When a long, black bus bearing the logo of drugmaker AbbVie rolls through Washington state next year, it will promote a new effort to eradicate hepatitis C infections. The state is paying for the marketing campaign as part of ….  Read More

Washington State Law On Behavioral Care Balances Parental Rights, Teens’ Autonomy

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This story also ran on Vice. This story can be republished for free (details). When Ben Packard met with the 16-year-old girl a little over a year ago, she was a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she’d been admitted after trying to kill herself. Her parents were distraught. “They wanted to know what was ….  Read More

Whistleblower Alleges Medicare Fraud At Iconic Seattle-Based Health Plan

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Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit health insurance plans, is accused of bilking Medicare out of millions of dollars in a federal whistleblower case. Teresa Ross, a former medical billing manager at the insurer, alleges that it sought to reverse financial losses in 2010 by claiming some ….  Read More

Patients Eligible For Charity Care Instead Get Big Bills

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When Ashley Pintos went to the emergency room of St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., in 2016, with a sharp pain in her abdomen and no insurance, a representative demanded a $500 deposit before treating her. “She said, ‘Do you have $200?’ I said no,” recalled Pintos, who then earned less than $30,000 at ….  Read More