Protect Yourself From Text Message Spam

Spam text messages can be annoying, but did you know they are also illegal? Some common scams use text message spam to lure you into revealing personal information in exchange for a “free gift” like a gift card or vacation package. Use these tips from the Consumer Action Handbook to protect yourself from text message spam and scammers trying to steal your identity.

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~~ In the Newsroom with Gov.Inslee ~~ June

  • 06/21/2014 –
Cantwell, Murray & Inslee: Keep Export-Import Bank Open, Protect 85,000 WA Jobs
  • 06/12/2014 –
Citing rail safety concerns, Inslee issues directive to increase oil safety, spill prevention and response efforts in Washington
  • 06/11/2014 –
State, federal government agree to continue discussions regarding Hanford cleanup
  • 06/10/2014 –
Inslee announces upcoming trade delegation to England, Finland
  • 06/10/2014 –
Gov. Jay Inslee Joins Bill Gates and Experts from Asia to Headline Leading Economic Forum in Seattle
  • 06/05/2014 –
Governor Inslee statement on the shooting at Seattle Pacific University
  • 06/04/2014 –
Boards and commissions appointments by Governor Jay Inslee – May 2014
  • 06/03/2014 –
Inslee recognizes outstanding leadership in 20 state government managers
  • 06/02/2014 –
West Coast Leaders Applaud Obama Administration Proposal to Cut Carbon Pollution
  • 06/02/2014 –
Governor Inslee statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants

HIPAA settlement in medical records dumping case

Dept. of Health & Human Services

$800,000 HIPAA settlement in medical records dumping case

Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  Parkview will pay $800,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to address deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program.  Parkview is a nonprofit health care system that provides community-based health care services to individuals in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

Read more about today’s announcement.

the other Washington … in the News ~~ June

PDF of today's Seattle Times front page

Seattle unanimously passes historic $15 minimum wage

Berry farm to hire only domestic pickers, not use guest program

Bus, riders stranded on I-90 ramp after ‘management screw-up’

Seager, Felix lead M’s to 10-2 rout of Yankees

NRA calls Texas gun open-carry rallies ‘downright weird’


Medical marijuana


U.S. Senate: Stop the DEA’s Assault on Medical Marijuana Patients

By Jacqueline Patterson
bolinas, California

I have cerebral palsy that causes muscle and speech spasms that make me stutter severely. Without medical marijuana, I can barely speak and simply would not be able to be the mother I am to my four children.

Out of fear of arrest and that my children would be taken away from me because I used medical marijuana, I moved from Missouri to California. But even though medical marijuana is legal in California, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) still uses your tax dollars to arrest patients like me and our providers.

That’s why Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have just introduced a bipartisan bill that would prevent the DEA from spending tax dollars raiding and arresting medical marijuana patients in states where it’s legal. The House approved a similar measure on May 29th so now we need the Senate to take action! They could vote any day.

Not only will this bill help protect patients with serious diseases like cancer, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and many others, it will save a significant amount of tax dollars that the DEA would waste to go after people who are using marijuana for medical purposes.

Please join me in telling your Senator to support the Paul/Booker Medical Marijuana Amendment so that patients like me can live without fear of being arrested.