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Can you afford a new car every year? Massachusetts families now pay about $21,000 a year — more than the average cost of a new compact car — in health insurance premiums every year. And that doesn’t include out-of-pocket expenses before insurance kicks in. As a result, middle-class families are sp...


FRIDAY, Sept. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Rural patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD) have higher levels of state hopelessness, especially those who are unmarried, according to a study published online Sept. 1 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Deb Bomgaars, Ph.D., R.N., from D...


D r Anna Lembke, a world-leading expert on addiction, is concerned about my “phone problem”. During our interview I confess, in passing, to having an unhealthy attachment to my iPhone, checking it every few minutes like a compulsive tic (sound familiar?) Lembke is having none of it. She wants m...


NEW BEDFORD – After winning the Best of the Best Place to Work award, Southcoast Health announced to its employees a minimum wage increase, third recognition payment, new benefits policy and more.  In a letter to employees on Sept. 1, CEO Keith Hovan announced finalized plans to “honor and comm...


Persons who have changed insurance companies will need to remain with the new insurance company until the Annual Enrollment Period (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7) and then any plan change will be effective Jan. 1. | Unsplash/National Cancer Institute Several weeks ago, I reported that contract negotiation bet...


OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Doctors say getting enough hours of sleep is important for children, but getting good quality sleep is what matters most. "If there’s things that are disrupting sleep whether that environment is too hot or it’s too noisy or the lights are on, those are all things that can af...



No one who lives in New Mexico can be surprised to learn the state has a problem with drug and alcohol abuse. Still, the numbers are staggering and growing worse. A recent report to the Legislative Finance Committee estimated more than 43,000 New Mexicans have died because of drugs and alcohol...


Demonstrating that the Biden administration has wasted no time in moving aggressively on enforcement of federal mental health parity law, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the New York State Attorney General (NY AG) recently inked a $15.6 million settlement with UnitedHealthcare (United) base...


Last year when COVID-19 hit, alcohol became an essential coping mechanism for many Americans, spurring a 54 percent increase in U.S. alcohol sales, according to a study by Nielsen Media. “Many of these people became dependent on the drug,” says Brien Garcia, a mental health therapist at Baptist He...


Author of the article: Shawn Whatley and Aaron Wudrick, Special to National Post Publishing date: Sep 03, 2021  •  1 day ago  •  3 minute read  •  16 Comments Screenshot of Chrystia Freeland's video post which Twitter labelled as "manipulated media." Photo by twitter.co...


Key Takeaways Nearly three-quarters of private insurers who had waived the cost of COVID-19 hospitalization earlier in the pandemic have since rescinded that policy. Some companies are now considering whether they can hike insurance costs to encourage people to become vaccinated. Experts say si...


spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreen shift + ← →slower / faster ← →seek  . seek to previous 1 2… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Even before the pandemic forced most of us indoors and out of our gym routines, only 20% of Americans were following the American Heart Associatio...


Two out of three adults are now obese in Scotland. And experts are quick to point out it’s now the majority of the population who are overweight. New research has revealed that patients with severe obesity problems are now undergoing weight loss surgery too late. The study has revealed those asses...


Some members of the public told insurance regulators Tuesday that there’s no reason to increase health insurance rates in 2022. Health insurers defended the rate requests.  “I am paying $43,200 for a family of four with $5,000 deductibles,” Diane Keefe of Norwalk told insurance regulators Tuesday. ...