FDA Authorizes Marketing of the New Dexcom G6® CGM Eliminating Need for Fingerstick Blood Testing for People with Diabetes | Business Wire

This seems like good news. Whether it will be available for lower income people through medicare/medicaid would mean a lot to help them monitor their glucose levels.

FDA Authorizes Marketing of the New Dexcom G6® CGM Eliminating Need for Fingerstick Blood Testing for People with Diabetes
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Health-insurance premiums rise in Washington, but not as much as elsewhere – Seattle Times

First the good news. The percentage of people without coverage dropped by 50% from 14 to 7%.Bad news is that apparently Klickitat and San Juan Counties will see only one option for insurance, though the rest of the state is apparently in good shape because of competition.  There are also plans that are pulling back, and we may see bad news next year on some of them. Read the article to see if your insurance is pulling back.

Premiums for individual health-insurance plans in Washington will rise an average 13.6 percent next year, though rates within the state health exchange will jump about 8 percent for midlevel plans, far lower than national hikes of percent.

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Opinion: Who is Responsible for Community Health – The PT Leader

Alison Arthur wrote an opinion piece in the Leader this week, outlining some good points about the state of community health in Jefferson County, and some of the failures we have seen in the last year. A good read that clearly lays out issues that need to be addressed.

Who is responsible for the health of our community?

Representatives of Jefferson Healthcare, Jefferson County and a number of other public agencies have spent a significant amount of time in the last three years to consider what they call a Community Health Improvement Plan, better know as CHIP.

It’s been a huge undertaking to look at community health trends, analyze mountains of data and arrive at four priorities where, based on the data, it’s apparent improvements are needed.

The four priorities the group identified to focus on are: access to mental health and chemical dependency care, chronic disease prevention, access to health care in general, including dental care, and immunizations.

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Who is responsible for Community Health?