Month: March 2014

ACA subsidies: $2 billion for California

Forty percent of Californians eligible for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act had signed up for coverage by March 1, a level of participation that will translate into more than $2 billion in tax credits for those consumers over the next year, the Kaiser Family Foundation says in a new issue brief. California’s enrollment rate is among the highest in the nation, and the

Virtual Dentistry Could Bring Better Care to Underserved

Doctor Paul Glassman has spent his 40-year dentistry career looking for ways to make going to the dentist more affordable and accessible.  As technology has evolved, so have his strategies. Glassman and his team at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry think they’ve found a way to serve millions more clients through virtual dentistry. The only problem is that current laws don’t allow it.

My plate, the USDA's new food icon, suggests that fruits and vegetables should comprise half of a healthy meal.

Salty Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease in Obese Teens

Overweight or obese teenagers who eat lots of salty foods may show signs of faster cell aging, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014.

Medicare Extends Mental Health Benefits; Patients Find Doctor Shortage

Medicare coverage for outpatient mental health care is now in line with medical coverage, thanks to a law that closed the gap as of Jan. 1. Experts say it’s a step in dispelling long-standing disparities between the two, but the change addresses only one of many hurdles in providing seniors with adequate mental health care.

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