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We could prevent millions of cancer deaths each year with knowledge we already have

October 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
We could prevent millions of cancer deaths each year with knowledge we already have

By David Hunter Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University ice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel has released 10 recommendations to accelerate a new national effort “to end cancer as we know it.” These initiatives, focused mainly on the U.S., will almost certainly […]

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Diverse Medicaid rules hurt in fighting addiction

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Diverse Medicaid rules hurt in fighting addiction

By Christine Vestal Stateline In an opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of people nationwide, finding and paying for addiction treatment remains a challenge for low-income Americans, particularly in the South and parts of the West. The Affordable Care Act required Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for the poor, to start paying for […]

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Officials warn some older marketplace customers to switch to Medicare

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Officials warn some older marketplace customers to switch to Medicare

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Heath News Ever since the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces opened for business in 2014, the Obama administration has worked hard to make sure Americans sign up. Yet officials now are telling some older people they might have too much insurance and they should cancel their marketplace policies. The federal […]

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How narrow is the plan? Gov’t begins test of tool to compare health plan networks

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How narrow is the plan? Gov’t begins test of tool to compare health plan networks

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The incredible shrinking provider network is nothing new in marketplace plans. One way insurers have kept premiums in check on the individual market is by reducing the number of providers available in a plan’s network. Earlier this year, the federal government said that it would introduce a tool this […]

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Walmart to host free health check-ups, Saturday

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Walmart to host free health check-ups, Saturday

For a four hour period on Saturday, Oct. 15, Walmart stores nationwide will offer free health screenings, education, services and products. The event, called Walmart Wellness Day, will take place from noon—4pm local time on Saturday, Oct. 15 in more than 4,600 Walmart stores across the country. The event will provide free blood glucose, blood pressure, vision screenings […]

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Lights out and somebody’s home? Stay safe!

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lights out and somebody’s home? Stay safe!

Tips for riding out the storm safely from Public Health – Seattle & King County By Meredith Li-Vollmer The weather forecast is calling for two storms, one tonight (October 13) and then possibly a whopper of a storm on Saturday (October 15). That means fallen trees and branches will likely cause power outages in our area. […]

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Medicare annual open enrollment starts Oct. 15, SHIBA can help!

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Medicare annual open enrollment starts Oct. 15, SHIBA can help!

From the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner OLYMPIA, Wash. – Medicare’s open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans starts this Saturday, Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. The Washington state insurance commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program is geared up to provide help in your […]

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Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning during storms

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Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning during storms

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Love it or hate it, Obamacare has expanded coverage for millions

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Love it or hate it, Obamacare has expanded coverage for millions

By Jim Marton and Charles Courtemanche From Georgia State University Originally published on The Conversation The most significant pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” were implemented in 2014. These include expanding Medicaid in many states, the establishment of insurance exchanges with subsidized coverage and the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance. One […]

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Exercise, even in small doses, offers tremendous benefits for senior citizens

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Exercise, even in small doses, offers tremendous benefits for senior citizens

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Retaining the ability to get up and about easily — to walk across a parking lot, climb a set of stairs, rise from a chair and maintain balance — is an under-appreciated component of good health in later life. When mobility is compromised, older adults are more likely to lose […]

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