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14 Feb

HAPPY VALENTINE DAY

Don\'t Go Breakin\' My Heart: The Dangers of Broken Heart Syndrome

Anne-Marie Botek - Editor in Chief Not necessarily. Chest pain and tightness, arm pain and shortness of breath are all hallmark heart attack symptoms, but they are also signs of another, lesser-known heart condition—Takotsubo (or "broken heart") syndrome. Heart attack's less-dangerous doppelganger While not as deadly as a full-blown coronary, broken heart syndrome—also referred to as a stress cardiomyopathy—can mimic a heart attack in many...

21 Jan

The Rise of Telemedicine

There are a lot things telemedicine can’t do, from prescribing opiates or setting a broken bone.

But its helping to clear the provider bottleneck. Consumers are more optimistic than ever. Save time instead of sitting in the ER waiting room. Visit our web site and see the many supplements we offer to help on the gaps of coverage....

9 Jan

Five Secrets for Quitting Smoking in 2014

Most Smokers Say They Want to Quit - Many Will Resolve to Quit for New Year’s

(December 18, 2013)—   Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year’s Resolution to quit in 2014. If this is your year to quit, here are five tips to help you along the way: Learn from past experiences.Most smokers have tried to quit in the past and sometimes people get discouraged thinking about previous attempts. Those experiences were necessary...

7 Jan

State bill to protect pregnant women in the workplace heads to governor\\\'s office

A state bill that will provide additional protections for pregnant women in the workplace moved one step closer to becoming a law on Monday.

By Mary Johnson The bill, S-2995, passed the Assembly and has been sent to the governor's office. It would augment the existing federal law, which prevents employers from firing or refusing to hire pregnant women, by adding regulations for how pregnant women are treated on the job."The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act was an important step forward for workplace equality because it outlawed...

6 Jan

Uninsureds say exchanges are problematic

Although the administration has been adamant the exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are working better now a few months in, consumers are telling a different story.

BY KATHRYN MAYER Fifty-nine percent of uninsured Americans reported having a negative experience with the new health exchanges in December, according to the latest Gallup numbers. Comparatively, 39 percent said they had a positive experience. Only 7 percent reported a “very positive” experience, while 29 percent had a “very negative” experience. Those numbers are only a slight improvement from October and November, when the...

4 Jan

Top 10 healthiest states

Americans are making “considerable progress” in their overall health, according to United Health Foundation’s 2013 America’s Health Rankings.

BY KATHRYN MAYER Americans are making “considerable progress” in their overall health, according to United Health Foundation’s 2013 America’s Health Rankings. Overall, the annual ranking of America’s states found that smoking is down nationwide, as is physical inactivity. Some states, of course, are faring better than others. Here are the top 10 healthiest places in America.  Next »...

3 Jan

Newborns can’t be added to plans on HealthCare.gov

Designers of HealthCare.gov failed to include a tool for adding new babies to families\' coverage, the Associated Press is reporting.

BY ALLISON BELL The HealthCare.gov website glitch affects parents who buy private "qualified health plans" through the 36 federal exchanges run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the HHS arm that runs HealthCare.gov, is telling carriers to have new parents call them directly to add newborns temporarily while it develops a tool to...

2 Jan

The Health Law Takes Effect: A Consumer’s Guide

Starting Jan. 1, central provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in, allowing many uninsured Americans to afford health insurance. But the landmark law...

By Mary Agnes Carey KHN Staff Writer   still faces heavy opposition from Republicans and from a public that remains skeptical the law can improve health care coverage while lowering its cost. The law has already altered the health care industry and established a number of consumer benefits. It will have sweeping ramifications for consumers, state officials, employers and health care providers, including hospitals and...

1 Jan

ACA is underway: \\\'Orphans\\\' and \\\'ghosts\\\' are terms to know in the new year

It\'s Jan. 1, which can only mean two things.

By NJBIZ STAFFJanuary 1, 2014 at 10:12 AM 1. A New Year2. New issues for the Affordable Care Act. As of 12:01, thousands of Jerseyans had their policies turned over to insurance purchased through Obamacare. But will the insurance be there when it's needed? That's the question. No one is sure what will happen when someone attempts to see a doctor or get a...

30 Nov

Obamacare\\\'s small business exchange delayed until November 2014

The White House will hold off on launching its online health exchange where small businesses can shop for coverage until November 2014, an HHS official confirmed Wednesday.

According to a Washington Post report, small businesses will still have the option to purchase coverage through the new marketplace but will not be able to do so online. Instead, until the launch of the online Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) next fall employers with fewer than 50 workers will need to work through a broker or agent to buy...

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