The administration gave states leeway to define the benefits that must be covered by health plans sold through government exchanges, and Pennsylvania’s are a lot ‘stingier’ than those in some other states.
Lawyers for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit, arguing that a company can ask employees to undergo voluntary testing but can't impose a penalty on those who decline to submit to health screening tests.
Last fall, the nation's biggest health insurers were cautious about the overhaul's coverage expansion and prohibitions against denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. But a year later, many have raised earnings expectations, and investors see less uncertainty.
Obamacare has been a buzzword in ads in many key Senate elections, and, in anticipation of an expected run-off, groups are making media buys in Louisiana, that will, among other things, hit Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu hard for her support of the health law. Meanwhile, other TV advertisements go beyond the campaign and seek to raise awareness about the law […]
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell met with 12 industry leaders in advance of the Nov. 15 kick-off of the health law's second sign-up period. Also in the news, Burwell taps a top Treasury aide, Alastair Fitzpayne, to be the next HHS chief of staff.
The GOP says language in the health law bars consumers in 36 states from using federal tax subsidies to purchase health coverage on the federal exchange. The justices, who are scheduled to consider the question this week, could announce their decision to take up the case or not as soon as Nov. 3, according to Bloomberg.
Some employers increasingly view the health law's online marketplaces as an attractive option for their workers, and WellPoint said Wednesday that its small business plan membership is declining more quickly than expected.
Some states with large rural populations opted out of expanding Medicaid even though large numbers of rural residents are uninsured, California Healthline reports. Meanwhile, a second wave of people with unverified immigration status will lose coverage this month, and Fox News reports on the increasing popularity of cheap, one-year insurance policies that ar […]
Low-income women with diabetes who are pregnant or who recently gave birth face almost twice the risk of depression compared to women without diabetes, says a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
While less strict blood sugar control may be appropriate for some diabetes patients, most should adhere to the target goal of an A1C level of less than 7 percent that has long been recommended for reducing the risk of diabetes-related complications. A1C is a measure of blood glucose levels over the previous two or three months.
The rate of new cases of type 2 diabetes has nearly doubled in the United States in the last decade, with most new cases appearing in southern states, says a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) today released its complete 17th annual multi-specialty statistical data indicating a 12% overall increase in cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2013. More than 11 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed by board-certified plastic surgeons, dermatologist […]
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) today released its annual procedural statistics reporting that 15.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2013, up 3 percent since 2012. In addition, 5.7 million reconstructive surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2 […]
First systematic review finds evidence on facial exercises lacking Facial exercises have been touted as a less invasive and less expensive alternative to traditional facial rejuvenation procedures, but do they really work? To evaluate the efficacy of this nonmedical approach to facial revitalization, researchers from Belgium systematically reviewed the medic […]
This week, Harley Street beauty expert Lesley Reynolds weeds through the glut of anti-ageing lotions and potions to pick the creams, procedures and gadgets that will really tackle the signs of ageing When it comes to turning back time should we pick the bottle or the needle When it comes to turning back time, should we [...]
Starting Jan. 1, I am going to eat right, exercise regularly, and lose this weight once and for all.” Sound familiar? The No. 1 New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, and for good reason: 65% of American adults are overweight. To make matters worse, many people are carrying a few recently added pounds from [...]
Yes, what you put on your plate might be affecting what you see in the mirror. But how? “Poor-quality foods, like trans fats, cause inflammation — and aging is basically a chronic inflammatory state,” says Timothy Harlan, MD. He is assistant professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. “Can you look older because [...]
Everyone knows about using Botox for frown lines on the forehead and Juvederm to camouflage the nasolabial folds and plump the lips, but there are literally dozens of lesser known uses of these products that produce amazing results! Botox Brow Lift – a few units of Botox placed judiciously just above the natural arch of [...]
Women with a high dietary acid load — typically associated with eating lots of protein but few vegetables — had a 56% higher risk for type 2 diabetes than women in the lowest quartile for dietary acid load, in a new analysis of the Étude epidémiologique auprès des femmes de la Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale — [...]
Botox may no longer be used to treat only wrinkles. The cure to prostate cancer may lie in the jab of a needle. Men with localized prostate cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate gland could benefit from the “freezing” effect a Botox injection could have on cancerous tumors, according to a recent clinical [...]
In a deal that could net Medytox up to $362 million, the Seoul-based company will license to Allergan exclusive global rights outside Korea to develop and commercialize unspecified neurotoxin product candidates now in development phases, including a potential liquid-injectable product, the companies said today. In return for the license, Allergan will pay Me […]