Bre Payton, a conservative writer and frequent FOX News contributor has died of H1N1 (swine flu) virus (and perhaps meningitis) at the age of 26. Ms. Payton was an outspoken critic of vaccinations. We would assume she did not get a flu vaccination. This highlights the ongoing battle over vaccinations and the predicted outcome of ignoring the warnings that flu is still a serious illness. Port Townsend is a hot bed of anti-vaccination activity and our county has one of the lower vaccination rates in the state. Only 77% of our K-12 have been completely immunized. This compares to King or Kitsap that both have over 90% of their children completely immunized.
This is legislation that will be proposed next week. Come and here about and how it may affect you.
Just like Washington made history when we were the first state to create a pension program for our public employees and made history when we were the first state to index the state minimum wage to the cost of living, in the 2019 Legislative session, Washingtonians will have another opportunity to make history by passing the Long Term Care Trust Act(LTCTA).
A new public Long-Term Care Trust Fund would be established funded through a monthly payroll fee of just over one half of one percent – 58 cents for every hundred dollars in income. The legislation would provide eligible recipients $100 a day for 365 days to help meet the cost of long term care. Advocates, working with a bi-partisan group of legislative co-sponsors, are helping to create a Social Security type system for Long Term Care.
Most of us know someone that has needed long-term care services. Long-term care insurance isn’t affordable for most Washingtonians. When long- term care services are needed, savings are drained and family caregivers are severely burdened.
The LTCTA would give families the security of knowing that financial help is available for the care they need when they need it.
On January 8, sponsored by Port Townsend Indivisible Huddle, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) will present information on this ground-breaking legislation and we can do to help make it the law of Washington:
3918 San Juan Ave.
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
– Kippi Waters, Founding Director, Peninsula Homecare Cooperative
– Ruth Egger, Retired Geriatric Social Worker,
– Robbie Stern , PSARA
If you or someone you know didn’t get a chance to enroll in Obamacare (ACA), the State of Washington has extended the enrollment period through the 20th. Contact Jefferson Healthcare. 360.385-2200 x 2267.
While this is about Clark County, the issues raised here are exactly the same for Jefferson.
As stated in the articles left side panel on Facts:
Medicaid reimbursements for pediatric care in Washington decreased more than 35 percent in 2015, when a two-year federal provision to maintain Medicaid-Medicare equity ended.
Read the whole story and get the facts at
You have just this month and up to December 15th to sign up or re-up for the ACA otherwise known as Obamacare. If you need help today or this week, call:
SeaMar: Nicole Rivera Martinez at 253-280-9890 or NicoleRiveraMartinez@seamarchc.org
Kristin Manwaring Insurance (KMI) at (360) 385-4400
By next week, the Jefferson County Healthcare should be also up to speed on the software and signup process. We will give you updated information when it becomes available.
The NY Times magazine has a good short article on a subject that many of my friends in the medical profession talk about, burnout. The reasons documented in the story mirror their concerns, electronic medical records being among the most irritating. Many doctors and their support teams of Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and others spend vast amounts of time before or after seeing patients documenting their work. It is a demoralizing let down for people who have spent years becoming highly specialized providers of care. It used to be that many physicians could dictate their notes, then send them via modem to India for overnight translation. No longer. Read about that issue and others.
All are invited to a community discussion on development of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program for Jefferson County.
Currently, Jefferson County victims of sexual assault who wish to prosecute their attackers must travel to Harrison or Olympic Medical Center for the specialized forensic SANE exams needed to collect evidence. Jefferson Healthcare’s administration created an exploratory committee to evaluate the feasibility of developing a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program for our county so victims would be less likely to need to travel. The committee completed a draft proposal to create a SANE program run out of the hospital. Community feedback will be helpful to ensure the proposal is crafted to best meet the needs of the victims in a sustainable manner. Once finalized, the proposal will be presented to the Hospital Commissioners for their consideration.
October 4, 2018
Dirksen Conference Room
Molly Parker, MD, MPH
Medical Director of Population Health