July 15, 2014

Survey Says

1 ACA Customers Generally Happy with Coverage

Despite the controversy that’s swirled around the Affordable Care Act since before it even became law, a new national survey, the first to ask about satisfaction and usage, finds that people are generally happy with their new insurance coverage. The findings: 15% of adults under 65 lack health insurance, down from 20% before the ACA. 73% of people who bought insurance and 87% who signed up for Medicaid reported that they were somewhat or very satisfied with their policies. 77% of people who had insurance, including those whose insurance was canceled, were happy with their new policies. 60% of the newly insured used their coverage to visit a doctor or fill a prescription. Most people reported an ease of use with their new policies, including short wait times for an appointment.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Preventive Breast Cancer Meds Free under ACA

Tags: ACA, Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, Medicaid

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Warning of Cancer Risk

2 Berkeley Wants Stickers on Cell Phones

The Berkeley City Council wants retailers to place stickers on cell phones warning that the devices may emit cancer-causing radiation. The city of San Francisco made a similar attempt in 2010 which was shot down in federal court. To avoid that fate, Berkeley will consult with a Harvard University law professor to draft the sticker language so that it meets legal First Amendment guidelines. The cell phone industry responded to Berkeley’s proposal in a 4-page letter to the City Council stating that it violates federal regulations. The Berkeley City Council will take up the issue at its September meeting but, says Joel Moskowitz, Berkeley Center for Family and Community Health, who’s been studying the issue since 2009, “It’s just a matter of time.”

More at Www.sfgate.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Using Cell Phone May Increase Cancer Risk

Tags: Harvard University, San Francisco, Cell Phones and Cancer Risk, Berkeley City Council, Joel Moskowitz, Berkeley Center for Family and Community Health

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Grow, Brain, Grow

3 Play Games for a Bigger Brain

Play a game, and your brain volume receives a boost, claim researchers presenting at this week's Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Denmark. New research found that middle-aged people who frequently played games had larger brains than those who didn't play games. Games may include crosswords, cards, or board games like chess or checkers. Researchers, who looked at brain scans of the study participants, found that the brain volume of players was greater in brain areas that are typically damaged by Alzheimer's disease. This finding suggests that playing games can delay, or even prevent, the development of Alzheimer's disease. You don't have to limit yourself to traditional games. Researchers suggest mixing it up: learn a new language, or switch the type of reading you do.

More at CNN | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Reasons Play Checkers, Reasons Play Cards, Why Do Crosswords, Grow Your Brain, Maine Medical Center Geriatric Assessment Center, Alzheimer's Association International Conference

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