Health Care | Retirement


Department of Commerce launches new, improved Retirement Marketplace

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced Feb. 12 that it has launched the new Retirement Marketplace, a one-stop website that helps owners of small businesses and individuals comparison shop for retirement savings plans. All plans on the marketplace are from private financial firms that have been verified by the state Department of Financial Institutions. …

Melissa Porcaro established CAN Do Kids, a pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Richland, seven years ago. The clinic treats children with a variety of disorders that affect their interactions with others and can lead to behavior and other challenges in school and social settings. Porcaro said technology addiction is a growing challenge for many children. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Growing clinic sees spike in number of kids affected by too much screen time

Richland occupational therapy practice may need to relocate to bigger office Melissa Porcaro is all too aware of the irony. Tri-City parents turn to the internet to find someone to help kids with behavior issues, academic challenges and other difficulties. Their searches lead to her business, CAN Do Kids, a pediatric therapy clinic staffed with…


Access to Tri-City health care could stand to improve

By Patrick Jones For several years, the greater Tri-City economy has been firing on most cylinders. Median household income has climbed 11 percent in the past five years. Local income is, and has been, higher than the U.S. median for several years, unique among Eastern Washington metros. Wages, as measured by the annual average, have…


Q&A with Carlos Olivares

Chief Executive OfficerYakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Number of employees you oversee: Last year we employed 2,015 employees, and 623 volunteers and career placements. This includes 166 medical providers, 35 dentists and 18 pharmacists. What is Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic? Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a Community Health Center and a system of…


Washington prepared to battle coronavirus

Washington is preparing to battle with coronavirus, the emerging health threat that originated in China. The state Health Department is the lead. It announced on Feb. 4 that it stands ready to isolate and quarantine travelers from China, working with partners to implement federal measures announced in January to control the spread. The World Health…

A Providence caregiver meets with Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Josh Cutler for a telebehavioral health visit. (Courtesy Providence)

Providence tackles provider burnout with virtual counseling

Burnout rates among health care professionals is a growing issue nationwide. About 44 percent of health care providers experience signs of burnout, such as stress, anxiety and depression, according to Medscape, which tracks the medical industry. Recognizing the need, Providence launched Telebehavioral Health Concierge for caregivers and their dependents throughout the state, including at Richland’s…

More than 40 percent of workers age 65-plus intend to continue working into their 70s. The graph shows the percentage of employed people who intend to keep working for various numbers of years, by age group. Source: Economist Intelligence Unit /AARP

AARP study: Age discrimination costs economy billions a year

Age discrimination against people age 50 and older robbed the economy of $850 billion in 2018, according to a new AARP report. Research shows that the 50-plus population contributed 40 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, in 2018, creating 88.6 million jobs and generating $5.7 trillion in wages and salaries through jobs…


Your financial planner and your attorney should be talking

By Beau Ruff Sometimes the concept of financial planning is considered distinct from the more laborious and esoteric task of estate planning. The financial plan is the “low hanging fruit” that is first to be addressed. However, in many important respects, the two should be considered contemporaneously to establish a more robust, holistic plan. A…


Retirement planning starts with honest assessment of your spending today

By Ben Messinger For many of us, retirement funding is a central fixture of our financial plan and one of the most important considerations is determining the income necessary to sustain a desired lifestyle. Knowing the true income need for your lifestyle is the foundation of determining what capital resources must be acquired, which is…

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AARP pushes for automatic IRAs to boost retirement savings

AARP Washington is championing a bill to require employers that do not offer retirement plans to make an “automatic enrollment” Individual Retirement Account available to their workers. House Bill 2516, the “Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program,” was pending in the House of Representatives in mid-February. AARP says the bill is a necessary antidote to a…

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