Today is Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

HEALTH
One smart dummy

One smart dummy

Eyes on the digital readout, Ruth Payne, left, Theresa Remsberg and Vikki Buzzard of Aero Methow Rescue and Glenn Ostrem of Laerdal Medical perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on two Resusci Anne manikins at Aero Methow’s training room. The valley’s EMS provider recently purchased a second CPR manikin and a wireless feedback simulator with a grant...

Free help with Medicare

Do you need help reviewing your options during Medicare’s open-enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7?  Help is now available in the Methow Valley. Sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program provides free and objective counselors across the state to help people navigate...
Despite glitches, thousands sign up for health insurance

Despite glitches, thousands sign up for health insurance

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper
“It was the first time he’d had insurance in his life. He was jubilant,” said Erin Flahive, one of two Room One staffers trained to help people navigate the new health insurance system.
Enrollment open for cancer study

Enrollment open for cancer study

The American Cancer Society is seeking local residents to take part in a historic research study. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 from various racial/ethnic backgrounds, with no personal history of cancer, are needed to help reach full enrollment of at least 300,000 people nationwide. Local residents can enroll at the...
Room One offering local help with new health coverage plan

Room One offering local help with new health coverage plan

By Ann McCreary
When Methow Valley residents begin enrolling in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act this fall, they can turn to Room One for help.

Learn about health care changes

Community members who want to learn more about the federal Affordable Care Act and how it is being implemented in Washington can attend a presentation by Brendan Williams, state deputy insurance commissioner, on Sept. 18 in Omak. Williams previously ran the Washington Health Care Association. He will speak at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts...
Aero Methow adds new ambulance to fleet

Aero Methow adds new ambulance to fleet

By Don Nelson
Aero Methow Rescue Service christens a new ambulance
Three Rivers Hospital improving its finances, general manager says

Three Rivers Hospital improving its finances, general manager says

By Ann McCreary
Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster improved its financial standing last year, reducing annual operating losses from $1.1 million in 2011 to $115,000 in 2012.
State sets training schedule for health care reform classes

State sets training schedule for health care reform classes

The Washington State Health Care Authority will send trainers on the road this month to offer free classes in how to assist applicants for an expansion in Medicaid/Apple Health that will add up to 325,000 new clients next year under the Affordable Care Act. The one-day training sessions will include a working lunch for all...
Healing arts practitioner opens office in Winthrop

Healing arts practitioner opens office in Winthrop

  By Laurelle Walsh New research on fascia – the connective tissue that wraps the muscles and connects muscle to tendon – and the recent ability of ultrasound imaging to “see” fascia, is going to “change everything” in the healing arts, Hellerwork practitioner Jason Rumohr believes. In fact, healing human fascia is so critical in...