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February 27, 2014

Two major Hollywood actors spoke on Capitol Hill yesterday, Ben Affleck and Seth Rogen, but it’s Rogen’s testimony on the ongoing struggles of those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease that’s making the rounds on Thursday morning. As with most things Rogen does, the speech is sure to make you laugh, but also draws important attention to the daily difficulties faced by those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. Sadly, it seems most of the Senate commitee that asked Rogen to testify didn’t feel the need to stick around for his remarks. source

14:07 // 7 months ago
February 26, 2014

New EU anti-smoking regulations hope to drastically reduce number of smokers

  • 2.4M people will quit smoking, if new European Union anti-smoking legislation proves to be as effective as regulators hope. The new rules ban the sale of any pack that carries less than 20 cigarettes, to guarantee packaging is large enough to display newly-mandated warning messages, and brands are also now forbidden from using statements that might imply their product is healthier than other cigarette. Flavored cigarettes, including menthol, will be banned across the EU, and there will be new maximum-concentration regulations for the nicotine cartridges in e-cigarettes. The rules wll come into force this May, and must be adopted by member states within two years. source
15:08 // 7 months ago
January 7, 2014

Analysis charts huge gains by anti-smoking movement since ‘64

  • 8MAmerican lives saved by anti-smoking efforts since the release of the Surgeon General’s report "Smoking and Health" in 1964, according to analysis published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It found that rates of smoking amongst American adults plunged over the course of the near fifty-year stretch, from 42% in 1964 to just 18% in 2012. In a related editorial, Center for Disease Control director Thomas Frieden hailed “tobacco control” as “described, accurately, as one of the great public health successes of the 20th century.” source
19:40 // 8 months ago
January 1, 2014
Though many aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are set to begin implementation today, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a temporary injunction to two churches that plan to challenge the new law’s conctraception mandate, effectively making them exempt from the new legislation until the organizations have had time to challenge the mandate’s legitimacy in court. Justice Sotomayor has given the government until Friday to respond to her injunction. (Photo via UC Irvine) source

Though many aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are set to begin implementation today, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a temporary injunction to two churches that plan to challenge the new law’s conctraception mandate, effectively making them exempt from the new legislation until the organizations have had time to challenge the mandate’s legitimacy in court. Justice Sotomayor has given the government until Friday to respond to her injunction. (Photo via UC Irvine) source

18:19 // 9 months ago
December 11, 2013

Latest Healthcare.gov stats look better, still not great

  • June Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters that the Obama Administration was looking to have at least 7 million consumers enrolled in new health insurance plans by the end of March 2014.
  • December The White House has admitted that getting 7 million people enrolled by March 2014 is basically impossible, revealing that only 365,000 applications have been filed via Healthcare.gov during the site’s first two months of operation. That’s still not even 50 percent of the 800,000 people that the Obama Administration was hoping to have enrolled by the end of October. source
15:44 // 9 months ago
December 4, 2013

Healthcare.gov is improving but not quite there yet

  • 26K people successfully enrolled in new health insurance coverage through Healthcare.gov during the month of October; a number far below the 800,000 that the Obama Administration was expecting to see during the site’s first month online.
  • 29K successfully enrolled on Sunday and Monday of this week, which is good, but still not going to cut it if 45 million uninsured Americans (or even a significant percentage of them) are going to sign up by the March 31 deadline. At the current rate, it would still take several years for every uninsured American to apply for coverage. source
14:16 // 9 months ago
November 26, 2013
16:46 // 10 months ago
November 21, 2013
Thanks for the informative headline, Fox News.

Thanks for the informative headline, Fox News.

19:05 // 10 months ago
November 18, 2013
csmonitor:

U.S. health care vs. socialized health care in 5 countries: The US spends almost twice as much on health care as countries like Canada, Japan, and most in Western Europe. 
Graphic: Jake Turcotte Research: Allison Terry

Take a look at the slides they put together from the OECD Health Data. Found that out of the estimated $8,500 Americans spend on healthcare per capita, the government covers about 47.8% of that cost. In other countries, the government covers more and total costs are lower. 

csmonitor:

U.S. health care vs. socialized health care in 5 countries: The US spends almost twice as much on health care as countries like Canada, Japan, and most in Western Europe. 

Graphic: Jake Turcotte Research: Allison Terry

Take a look at the slides they put together from the OECD Health Data. Found that out of the estimated $8,500 Americans spend on healthcare per capita, the government covers about 47.8% of that cost. In other countries, the government covers more and total costs are lower. 

(via evangotlib)

14:20 // 10 months ago
12:30 // 10 months ago