Local, state health programs for children scramble with CHIP in limbo

Congressional inaction on the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) threatens the coverage for thousands of children in low-income families.
Dec 7, 2017

Pacific Island nationals in Washington could get health coverage help

Decades after the U.S. conducted nuclear tests at three Pacific Island nations, citizens still report chronic health issues.
Mar 8, 2017

Who needs access to health care?

Three comic artists illustrated the stories of people seeking treatment at a massive free health care clinic at Key Arena.
Dec 1, 2016

Where was the real talk about lowering health care costs this election?

Why do Americans pay so much more for health care? The real problem neither Trump or Hillary are talking about.
Nov 8, 2016

Redmond mosque opens health clinic for patients in need

The new monthly health clinic providing free or subsidized care for patients in need is first of its kind in Washington state to be based in a mosque.
Jul 19, 2016
Safiyah Ismail, second from left, a nurse at Seattle Children's, answers questions during a gathering of members of the Somali Health Board. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Somali health fair confronts cultural barriers to care

The third annual Somali health fair will provide culturally sensitive advice and services for a community with unique needs.
Nov 13, 2015
Activists hold signs as they rally in support of Planned Parenthood on "National Pink Out Day" on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles this week, in the face of conservative calls to pull federal funding for the controversial women's health organization. (Photo from REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni)

Women of Color deserve a voice in the debate over Planned Parenthood

When conservatives and Planned Parenthood face off over abortion rights, you probably won't hear from those with the most at stake: women of color
Oct 1, 2015
Ziplock bags full of Metformin, a medication used to treat diabetes, donated to Seattle's Salaam Cultural Museum for delivery to Syrian refugees in Jordan. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Drug recycling: crime or compassion?

Collecting unused meds and giving them to needy people overseas isn’t legal. But some Seattleites are doing it anyways.
Dec 3, 2014
Carol Glenn, a former Seattle nurse, collected leftover HIV/AIDS drugs to send overseas. It wasn't legal, but Glenn believed it was her duty. (Photo by Isolde Raftery / KUOW)

Seattle’s humanitarian drug trafficking ring

At the height of the AIDS crisis, nurse Carol Glenn ran a secret pipeline to get leftover drugs from Seattle to sick people in the developing world.
A medical interpreter assists a patient in Tonga during an eye exam. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Valcarcel / U.S. Navy)

From hospitals to courtrooms, new tools to topple language barriers

Imagine walking into an emergency room or doctor’s office needing medical care, and every sign and piece of paper handed to you is in a different language. You struggle to talk to the front desk clerk, who only speaks a broken version of your language. You take your best guess at how to fill in […]
Apr 29, 2014

Obamacare and open heart surgery from Guanajuato to Seattle

“Endocarditis,” Dr. Gutierrez declares in Spanish. “And you need surgery soon…” His voice grows faint and time seems to slow down. What began as a mild flu-like illness has culminated into this moment of shock in a Mexican hospital room. As a University of Washington medical student, my brain instinctively starts diagramming the disease: an […]
Apr 28, 2014
Nelly Kinsella shows off the website of the Washington health insurance exchange before it's launch on October 1st. (Photo by Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

Immigrant service providers frustrated with Healthplanfinder site

Local organizations like Sea Mar and Global to Local are hoping to seize on a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to get immigrants and refugees insured.
Dec 17, 2013

Healthcare and LGBTQ debates collide in trans medical tourism

The Seattle Globalist is launching a new multimedia project on transgender health care in the U.S. and why Americans are traveling to places like Thailand for more affordable options. The project, called “The Cost of Gender” hits at the core of two of the most heated debates in the US: health care and LGBTQ rights.  
Aug 29, 2012

Obamacare upheld! Now can I buy into the Japanese health system instead?

They do it better in Japan. They do it better in Costa Rica, in Andorra, and even in Slovenia. No, I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about living itself. Americans just don’t live that long. We come in a shabby 34th in global life expectancy rankings. The average Japanese citizen lives to 83.5 years old, five […]
Jun 28, 2012