Health

VIDEO: The Cash Cow Catch 22

[Watch the full video report] YAKIMA VALLEY, Wash. (KAPP/KVEW) -- Kathleen Rogers says she never gets used to it. "If you can, you can see right through there, the dust that's thrown up because of the composting," she says, beckoning…

Restaurant ratings: 'It is very fustrating'

Amber Woods, the owner of the recently opened Downtown Diner in Kennewick, was taken aback when she saw the health inspection report in the newspaper Wednesday. The report showed that the diner received 25 red points for "high risk.""It is…

First Case of Zika Virus Reported in Washington

PRESS RELEASE: WA State Dept. of HealthOLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health received confirmation today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that a Mason County man in his 20's, who visited a Thurston County hospital,…

22 E. coli Cases Linked to Chipotle Restaurants

Kennewick Chipotle Restauraunt closed today too. Sign on door says due to supply chain issue. PRESS RELEASE: WA State Dept. of HealthOLYMPIA - A cluster of E. coli cases led to the voluntary closure of many Chipotle restaurantsthis week. The…

16 year old Oregon girl contracts Bubonic Plague

A 16 year old girl from Eastern Oregon has contracted the bubonic plague. Health officials say the believe the girl from Crook County girl is believed to have acquired the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip near…

West Nile Death Reported in Benton County

PRESS RELEASE: WA Dept. of Health OLYMPIA - The first person to die from West Nile virus in Washington this year was reported in a Benton County man who was in his 80s. He was hospitalized before his death and…

West Nile Identified in Yakima County

PRESS RELEASE: Yakima County Mosquito Control August 5th, 2015, the Yakima County Mosquito Control has been notified that one of the mosquito samples collected by the Yakima County Mosquito Control, off East Selah Road, has tested positive for the West…

State appeals to pay $1.3 million in competency case

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state health officials are appealing a federal court order to pay $1.3 million in attorney's fees to lawyers of mentally ill defendants who sued the state for warehousing them in jails. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman…

Oregon underestimated Medicaid expansion price tag

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Amid the embarrassing collapse of Cover Oregon, the state's failed health insurance enrollment website, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber and lawmakers found solace in an unrelated success -- a massive hike in enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan.…

Washington exchange signs 170,000 for insurance

SEATTLE (AP) -- About 170,000 Washington residents bought insurance through the state's health care exchange during open enrollment that ended last week. That's about 30,000 more than bought insurance during the first year the exchange was open. But it's still…

Flu Season Isn't Over Yet

Got a bad cough, sneeze, shivers? Other flu-like symptoms? You wouldn't be the only one -- while the weather continues to rise, and spring rolling around the corner, the flu continues to linger in our area. Influenza hit Washington state…

Health District Releases Child Death Review Recommendations

Benton-Franklin Health District PRESS RELEASE: Kennewick, WA - The Benton-Franklin Health District has released recommendations created at a Child Death Review conducted in December. The review focused on five cases from 2013 and 2014 in which six children died from…

Washington Health Exchange Extends Enrollment

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington health exchange signed up another 20,000 people for private health insurance over the weekend. The exchange says 160,000 signed up for private insurance during the open enrollment period that ended Sunday night. Officials at the…

1 Listeria Outbreak Death Tied to Yakima Company

Associated Press YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Washington state Department of Health says an outbreak of listeria that has killed one person originated from a Yakima cheese maker. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1ytLqU3 ) that state health and agriculture officials are…

Snoqualmie Ice Cream Recall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SNOQUALMIE GOURMET ICE CREAM PRESS RELEASE Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of all ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet for all flavors and container sizes produced on or after January 1, 2014…

1 in Washington Hospitalized From Caramel Apples

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- State officials say one person in Washington has been sickened from prepackaged caramel apples linked to five deaths nationwide. Health Department spokesman Donn Moyer says a Thurston County man was hospitalized. Moyer says no deaths have…

Health Exchange Switching to Direct Premium Payment

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The board that runs Washington's health exchange voted Thursday to change the way it handles premium payments and have customers pay their insurance companies directly. The change puts Washington more in line with the way other…

Fighting Flu During the Holidays

Washington State Dept. of Health Press Release OLYMPIA, WA-Fall and winter usher in holiday travel and gatherings that create an opportunity for flu and other viruses to spread. There's still time to get vaccinated to help avoid getting the flu…

WSU Students Asked to Have Mumps Vaccination

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Washington State University is asking students to make sure their measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations are up to date before they return from the Thanksgiving break. The school issued the advisory Monday in response to an…

New Ad Campaign for Health Exchange

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington health exchange has launched a new advertising and outreach campaign, focused on helping people understand the value of insurance. New television ads take a humorous look at the ways people avoid medical bills. One shows…