A 30-Minute Exercising Routine Can Cut Heart Failure Risk By 50%

A 30-Minute Exercising Routine Can Cut Heart Failure Risk By 50%

A recent study reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure, researchers say more than an hour of moderate or half an hour of vigorous exercise per day may lower your risk of heart failure by 46 percent. Heart failure is a common, disabling disease that accounts for about 2 percent of total healthcare costs in industrialized countries. The risk of death within five years of diagnosis is 30 percent to 50 percent,…

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Nursing Home Companies Join the Health Insurance Business

Nursing Home Companies Join the Health Insurance Business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient. These plans are recent additions to the Medicare Advantage market, where private plans have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional fee-for-service coverage. Unlike other plans, these policies offered by long-term care companies often place a nurse…

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CBO Says Families Would Be Hit Hard By New Republican ACHA Plan

CBO Says Families Would Be Hit Hard By New Republican ACHA Plan

Families To Pay Price If Maternity Care Coverage Is Cut By GOP Christie Popp, who is pregnant with her third child, is hoping hard that the maternity coverage she has through the Affordable Care Act doesn’t go away. That coverage is written into the health law as a requirement for every plan sold on the individual market. But that could change if Republicans get their way to repeal the ACA and remake health care. Popp…

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When Skinny Isn’t All Good News – Senators Nix Skinny Repeal of Healthcare Law

When Skinny Isn’t All Good News – Senators Nix Skinny Repeal of Healthcare Law

Betting that thin is in — and might be the only way forward — Senate Republicans are eyeing a “skinny repeal” that rolls back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But experts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success. Senators are reportedly considering a narrow bill that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate,” which assesses a tax on Americans who don’t have insurance, along with penalties…

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What Can Trump Do To Medicaid Without Congressional Support

What Can Trump Do To Medicaid Without Congressional Support

After the Senate fell short in its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is poised to use its regulatory powers to accomplish what lawmakers could not: shrink Medicaid. President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states eager to control fast-rising Medicaid budgets. Indiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona and Wisconsin are seeking the administration’s permission to require adult…

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No Ginkgo Biloba – But These Preventive Measures Could Slow Down Dementia

No Ginkgo Biloba – But These Preventive Measures Could Slow Down Dementia

In a landmark report, scientists have endorsed three strategies for preventing dementia and cognitive decline associated with normal aging — being physically active, engaging in cognitive training and controlling high blood pressure. This is the first time experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have deemed scientific evidence strong enough to suggest that preventing dementia and age-related cognitive decline might be possible. Seven years ago, in a separate report issued by…

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Even If You Have Health Insurance Millions More Uninsured Will Impact Your Coverage

Even If You Have Health Insurance Millions More Uninsured Will Impact Your Coverage

Much has been written lately about how individuals’ health could suffer if they lose insurance under the health proposals circulating in the U.S. House and Senate. But there is another consequence: creating millions more people without insurance could also adversely affect the health of people who remain insured. “We know that communities with higher rates of uninsurance have worse access to care for those with Medicare or private insurance,” said John Ayanian, director of the…

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Heartland Institute Editors and Policy Advisors Weigh In On Obamacare Repeal

Heartland Institute Editors and Policy Advisors Weigh In On Obamacare Repeal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday announced the Senate leadership is giving up on its latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) simultaneously because the leadership’s proposed bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, lacks the votes to succeed. McConnell said he will instead seek a vote on a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay “to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that…

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4 Things Only Wealthy People Know About Insurance

4 Things Only Wealthy People Know About Insurance

Businesses are finding out it’s now a sucker bet to underestimate how long someone will live these days, and it can prove expensive to governments and pension funds, but it also provides individuals with an opportunity. “In a multi-stage life, the idea of hitting a cliff-edge retirement at 65 and then living off an annuity is outdated,” Alistair Byrne of State Street Global Advisors told The Economist. “It’s not at all obvious that the traditional pension industry,…

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As Their Health Fails, Seniors Are Dropping Medicare Advantage

As Their Health Fails, Seniors Are Dropping Medicare Advantage

When Sol Shipotow enrolled in a new Medicare Advantage health plan earlier this year, he expected to keep the doctor who treats his serious eye condition. “That turned out not to be so,” said Shipotow, 83, who lives in Bensalem, Pa. Shipotow said he had to scramble to get back on a health plan he could afford and that his longtime eye specialist would accept. “You have to really understand your policy,” he said. “I…

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