January 29, 2018
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AWB HealthChoice members can get access to medical care anytime, anywhere


The thousands of employees who are covered by AWB's HealthChoice Trust Premera plans now can access immediate health care through their phones or tablets. Teladoc is not intended to replace a member’s primary care physician, but is a convenient alternative to urgent care and unnecessary emergency room visits.

Common conditions treated by Teladoc include: bronchitis, respiratory infection, sinus problems, allergies and influenza. The cost of your virtual care visit with Teladoc or your doctor is based on your standard in-network office visit cost shares (copay or deductible and coinsurance).

The mobile app is the most convenient way to connect to Teladoc which allows you to schedule a doctor visit, manage your medical history, or even send a prescription to the nearest pharmacy – all from the palm of your hand. The mobile app is available on the Google Play store and the Apple App store.

More information is available at: https://member.teladoc.com/premera or call ProPoint at 866.448.9577.



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Not the Solution


Look to B.C. for evidence carbon tax doesn't work

By Brier Dudley

If Washington wants to reduce pollution and fare better on its climate-change goals, it should reject Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed carbon tax.

Instead, the state should put its efforts into environmental regulations that directly and measurably reduce harmful emissions.

As proposed, the carbon tax is a grab bag of handouts for the powerful and politically connected, funded by a steep new tax largely on the middle class. Many of the handouts have dubious benefits in reducing emissions.

Carbon taxes also don't work as promised. North America's first such tax, in neighboring British Columbia, is failing to reduce emissions.

Emissions from driving are rising faster than population growth in B.C., despite a carbon tax higher than Inslee's proposal...

Read the full column The Seattle Times
Snake River Dams


Washington's dams balance clean energy needs, fish protections

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Construction of the four Lower Snake River dams -- Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite -- began in 1962. Back then, the focus was on the efficient production of energy, transporting goods and supplying water to Washington's vibrant agricultural sector.

Today, the dams produce 40 percent of the region's energy through clean hydropower generation, support agricultural production and transportation, and improve our quality of life by lifting the economy and supporting recreation. They are also integral to flood control.

Equally critical, they support healthy fish and wildlife populations and their complex life cycles, thanks to a series of improvements to the dams set out in Federal Columbia River Power System's (FCRPS) 2014 biological opinion, or BiOp...

Read the full guest column in The Spokesman-Review
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