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Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

President Obama announced Thursday eight million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, while enrollment numbers in Washington and Idaho have been relatively high so far,

According to Washington's insurance commissioner, 146,000 people signed up for private insurance in the first six months. In Idaho, 44,000 people signed up, making the Gem State second in the nation per capita. So why has it been so successful in our two states? Washington and Idaho created their own state-run exchanges, while many states didn't and rely on the federal government.

Washington and Idaho have their own online marketplaces for families to shop for insurance and, despite some challenges like website issues, they've proven to be effective in enrolling people for health care.

Deanna Davis with Better Health Together said sign-up numbers in eastern Washington were higher than expected.

"We did triple enrollments than what we projected to do in our 14 country region," Davis said.

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Your overdue books could help feed hungry Spokane area families.

This is National Library Week, and in celebrations, Spokane County Library District is holding the 2nd annual Food for Fines event.

For every non-perishable item of food, the district will forgive $1.00 of your fine, up to a maximum of $10.00 per library card. Fees eligible for the program include accumulated overdue charges and fees for damaged items (unless the account is already in collections).

Our Kids are Our Business

Our Kids are Our Business

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Eight years ago the Spokane community decided enough was enough!  It was rocked to the core by the horrific death of little Summer Phelps and was jarred into taking a stand for children.

KXLY has joined with 34 other businesses and individuals (Spo-Can Council) for the month-long initiative "Our Kids Our Business". The focus is on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The council holds regular meetings, and next week will hold it's annual luncheon.  

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

The number of retailers in Washington that illegally sell tobacco to minors is high for the second year in a row. An annual report that tracks illegal sales shows about 15% of tobacco retailers sold tobacco to minors in 2013, which is about the same as it was in 2012. As recently as 2009, the rate was much lower, at about 9%.

Superheros.. unite for a fun run!

Superheros.. unite for a fun run!

Throw on your cape, jump in the batmobile.. and register to run in the Superhero Fun Run!

This Saturday, March 29th, Gonzaga Law's Child Advocacy Association will host Spokane's Superhero Fun Run. The run, which starts at 10am is a 5K chip-timed race starting and ending at Gonzaga University School of Law. All proceeds go to support CASA Partners (casapartners.org), a local non-profit organization which provides support to the many children in the Spokane area who are in foster care or dependency.

Come run as your favorite superhero, or be your own superhero! (Capes optional, but highly encouraged.) Wear your costume under your regular clothes, and then donate your regular clothes to Teen Closet (which clothes kids in-need in our community)!

WSU Veterinary College warns animal owners of tick paralysis

WSU Veterinary College warns animal owners of tick paralysis

From WSU News:

 

Warming weather in the Pacific Northwest always brings with it a renewed threat of tick paralysis in animals and people.

 

Free Bloomsday training clinics begin this weekend

Free Bloomsday training clinics begin this weekend

From the Lilac Bloomsday Association:

 

March 14, 2014—Finishing Bloomsday can be a challenge. The training required in order to conquer the 7.46 mile course may seem like a daunting task, but to help aspiring Bloomies get in shape, Providence and Group Health will once again be hosting FREE training clinics.

 

The clinics will be held every Saturday morning starting March 15th and will continue through April 26th. Each session will begin at 8:30 a.m. with some training tips from a local expert followed by a warm up with a personal trainer. At 9 a.m. it’s time to hit the course. Everyone begins with one mile the first week, adding an additional mile each Saturday and eventually reaching the entire length of the Bloomsday route.

 

Each member is encouraged to go at their own pace, and volunteers from Providence Health Care and Group Health will be present to provide crossing guards, water stations, and first aid. All clinics will meet at the Spokane Falls Community College gymnasium.