“Sound Generations used to be called Senior Services, and it’s one of 12 groups that benefit from reader donations to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.”
This edition of Waiting Your Turn indicates that, overall, waiting times for medically necessary treatment have in-creased since last year. Specialist physicians surveyed report a median waiting time of 21.2 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment—longer than the wait of 20.0 weeks reported in 2016. This year’s wait time—the longest ever recorded in this survey’s history—is 128% longer than in 1993, when it was just 9.3 weeks.
The cost of Seattle’s government grew faster than almost any major U.S. city over five years, propelled by surging tax collections and an expanded scope of government services.
After Alabama reinstated food-stamp work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents, the rolls dropped by 85 percent.