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‘Secret shopper’ survey reveals insurers misinformed women on contraceptive coverage

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

At the request of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, eight insurance companies in Washington have agreed to revamp the information they provide to consumers about contraception benefits after a survey revealed alarming discrepancies.

A 2014 phone survey conducted by Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington (NARAL) of the eight health insurers selling plans inside Washington state’s exchange, Wahealthplanfinder, uncovered that women seeking information about contraceptive coverage were systematically given false or inaccurate information about their benefits.

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Nothing to sneeze at: 5 tips for seasonal allergy relief

  • Written by BPT

Spring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if you’re just going to bury it in a tissue? It’s no fun at all, but allergies don’t have to make you miserable.

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More than just annoying: The link between snoring and heart disease

  • Written by BPT

Snoring isn’t pleasant for anyone - not the partner who has to sleep beside the snorer, nor the snorer whose breathing may pause repeatedly throughout the night. But did you know that loud, excessive snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that - if left untreated - can cause you to be five times more likely to die from heart disease?

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3 tips to help anyone with their fitness goals

  • Written by by Jimmy McCurry Jr, CSCS Progressive Performance

1. Drink more water!
Most people do not drink enough water to perform well in the gym. Did you know that dehydration can account for up to a 10 percent decrease in strength? That is pretty significant. Remember all fluids count toward your daily total. So if you are a habitual coffee drinker that all counts as hydration. When you consume caffeine at a higher rate than what is normal for you, that is when you run into diuretic properties. The Mayo Clinic recommends that men drink 13 cups or 3 liters of water a day while women drink 9 cups or 1.9 liters a day. While exercising for short bouts, like your 60-90 minutes at the gym, drink about 2.5 cups of water or 600 milliliters in addition to our daily recommended total. Being properly hydrated help you perform better, recover faster and might even help you stave off those unwanted extra calories.

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