Hoodsport, WA

Enrollment Up in Washington State

The Washington State health insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, announced yesterday that in the first week of open enrollment they’ve seen a 24 percent increase in site traffic and a more than 50 percent increase in new enrollees year over year. With federal advertising dollars cut and the enrollment period itself shortened, it’s great to see… Read More

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Who can apply for Medicare?

You may know that when you turn 65 you qualify for Medicare. But there are also other circumstances that may make you eligible for coverage. You may be able to apply for Medicare coverage if you have: received Social Security Disability benefits for 24 months, End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Each… Read More

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6 Sun Safety Tips

Summer may be drawing to a close, but it doesn’t hurt to have a quick refresher on sun safety. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer at some point in their lifetime, so let’s take the steps now for ourselves and our children to stay as protected as possible (while still… Read More

brain health

Living a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle Works!

You can keep your brain as healthy and fit as your body by engaging in social activities, being more physically active, and challenging yourself mentally. There are ways to give your brain its own workout routine that involves real-world activities. Regular exercise like taking a brisk walk in the park, gardening or yoga can nourish… Read More

Health Insurance Considerations for Recent College Grads

Congratulations on your graduation! One important step in setting yourself up for ongoing future success is to decide how to ensure you have adequate health insurance coverage once you are out of school. You have options to consider: Are you 26 or younger? One of the features of the Affordable Care Act (also known as… Read More

Removing a Barrier to Individual Coverage Enrollment

CMS announced last week that it would take a further step to help stabilize the market by eliminating the so-called “double redirect” process (click here for more on this from GetInsured last year:  Before Direct Enrollment Improves, QHP Sales Still Easier for 2017 | Array Health). What is the Double Redirect? The current process to… Read More

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Know the signs of a stroke

Would you know if you were having a stroke?

Every 40 seconds in the United States, someone has a stroke, making it the third leading cause of the death in the U.S. Do you know the signs of stroke? Would you be able to help yourself or a loved one in the event of a stroke? May is Stroke Awareness Month, a time to… Read More

woman sleeping

Trouble sleeping? Try these tips for better sleep.

A bad night’s sleep can make the next day brutal. No one likes being tired. Just a quick look at energy drink and caffeine consumption in this country would support that. According to the National Center for Complementary and  Integrative Health, next to multivitamins, energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement consumed by American… Read More

boy girl and dog

The joys and health benefits of owning a pet

Studies show that when kids have pets, they benefit emotionally and physically (especially little boys). But it’s not just children whose well-being is enhanced by the presence of a furry family friend. Research backs up our instinct that the presence of a pet — with their cavorting that cracks you up, their unconditional love, and your… Read More

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