Prostate cancer – to monitor or treat?

Doctor and male patientCancer is in the news every day. Here is some information about prostate cancer that your employees may find useful.

 

Every year, more than 160,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among American men.  Continue reading

Health Care Coverage Coming to Undocumented Children in CA

All children – regardless of immigration status – will now be eligible for Medi-Cal health benefits.

For the first time, health care coverage is on its way to approximately 170,000 low-income children in California whose immigration status is undocumented.

As of May 1, 2016, children under 19 years old will be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal health benefits regardless of their immigration status. Continue reading

Same Sex Marriage Supreme Court Ruling – Update

Gavel_Flag-288x300The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015 deems that all couples have the right to marriage regardless of their gender. Additionally, all states must recognize a marriage that was entered into in a different jurisdiction.

Effective June 26, 2015 health plans must cover married couples, regardless of gender, if spousal/dependent coverage is offered. Health Net of Arizona, Inc. will offer an additional Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to allow spouses to be added through September 30, 2015.

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Supreme Court ACA Ruling: Key Takeaways

Healthcare-reform-flag-stethscope-iStock_12474320l-300x199The United States Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act subsidies in federal-exchange states was made public on June 25, as only one of two cases released on this almost-final day of the court’s term. With its 6-3 decision, the court preserved the structure of the Affordable Care Act. Here are key takeaways of the decision.

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Improving Health Literacy = Healthy Outcomes

woman_Doc_Dec_12With nearly half the U.S. adult population lacking health literacy skills needed to understand and act on health information, Health Net, is taking steps to support the goal of Health Literacy and promote the importance of providing consumers with health information that’s clear, simple and easy to understand.  “Studies have shown that there’s a link between low health literacy and poor health outcomes,” said Patricia Buss, M.D., medical and health care services operations officer for Health Net.

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2013 Health Coverage Snapshot

While the word “change” was frequently used throughout 2013 to characterize health care in America, recently released studies of the year almost gone by paint a relatively static picture. Following is a snapshot of U.S. health-coverage trends over the last 12 months. Continue reading

Radial Cardiac Catheterization: Through the Wrist to the Heart

If we truly wore our hearts on our sleeves, doctors would have no trouble examining our tickers. However, to get a good look at this crucial organ, you need to see inside the heart itself.

 

Cardiac catheterization offers one way to do that. Continue reading

Did You Know: For-Profit Versus Nonprofit Hospitals

In America’s early years, it was rare for someone to go to a hospital. The predominance of rural communities meant that when most people got sick, they were tended to at home—even when they needed surgery. Hospitals were mainly places where disadvantaged, chronically ill people were sheltered and cared for.

 

Things are different today, of course. Continue reading

When it Comes to Health Care Costs, America is No. 1

As a nation, America has plenty about which to be proud. In fact, the United States can claim No. 1 status on numerous fronts – from having the world’s largest Gross Domestic Product – to earning the most Olympic medals.

 

The USA also ranks No. 1 in money spent for health care. This particular top-notch status, however, isn’t necessarily a good thing. As an employer, you know that health care costs can take up a large part of your budget. Here are some interesting facts: Continue reading

Health Care Reform Q&A: Wellness Program Incentives

Incentives for nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health plans

 

Here is an update on one aspect of the Affordable Care Act that you may find helpful as an employer.

 

On May 29, 2013, The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and the Treasury jointly issued final rules on wellness program incentives effective for plan and policy years starting on or after January 1, 2014.

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits group health plans and group health insurers from discriminating against individuals in eligibility, benefits or premiums based on enumerated health factors such as medical condition, claims experience, medical history, and genetic information.

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