Gallup Poll Finds Modest Drop in Uninsured Rate

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WASHINGTON – The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The […]

Subway Joins First Lady’s Healthy Eating Effort

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WASHINGTON – Michelle Obama is getting a new ally in her campaign to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. The first lady was expected to announce Thursday that the Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage finicky young eaters to eat more food that comes out of the […]

Obamacare: A Midterm Report Card

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WASHINGTON – The first half of the Obamacare open enrollment period is over, and yesterday,federal health officials announced sign-up figures from the first three months. After a disastrous start, HealthCare.gov(which handles enrollment for 36 states) began functioning properly. It, along with state-run insurance exchanges, netted more than 2.1 million signups between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28. But […]

Despite Website Improvements, Millions of Blacks Not Covered

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WASHINGTON – As the Obama administration makes strides to improve the functionality of HealthCare.gov, the flagship website for the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers continue to block federal funds that would help millions of poor Blacks get health insurance coverage. A progress report on the improved performance of HealthCare.gov cited hundreds of software bugs that […]

Health Exchanges Slow to Attract Young, Healthy

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LOS ANGELES – Fears that insurance exchanges that are the linchpin of President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul wouldn’t attract the young, healthy people needed to make them financially viable are being heightened by the early results of signups in several states. If it becomes a trend, that could lead to increases in insurance […]

Sacramento Area Leaders & Organizations Sponsor Health Enrollment Day

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SACRAMENTO – Forget plagued websites, Covered California is given area residents a chance to sign up for affordable health insurance in person. Enrollment Day in Sacramento will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. Individuals and families can find out more information and apply on-site at four different locations in four […]

African American Women’s Health Legacy Project Holds Diabetic and Foot Care Workshop

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SACRAMENTO – When it comes to living better, a local group wants to help people put their best foot forward. The African American Women’s Health Legacy Project (AAWHL) joins with Sacramento State Nursing interns on Wednesday, November 6, to present a Diabetic and Foot Care Workshop. The event is scheduled to run from 12 noon […]

Upcoming Health Fair Encourages Participants to “Be Healthy On Purpose.”

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SACRAMENTO – A local mentoring program is inviting the community to take charge of its own wellness and to “Be Healthy On Purpose.” Sisters of Nia hosts its free community health fair on Saturday, October 26 in Tahoe Park. The event, is set to run from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Tahoe Park is located […]

Sacramento Mother and Daughter Share Special Bond as Breast Cancer Survivors

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SACRAMENTO – When her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, Margaret Finch’s nursing skills kicked into overdrive and she threw herself into caring for her and aiding in her recovery. Ms. Finch didn’t know that the roles would soon reverse and her daughter would be helping her wage the same battle. Today, Ms. Finch, 72, […]

Consumers Warned of Misleading Insurance Websites

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NATIONWIDE – Insurance regulators and an industry trade group warn that this month’s rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law opened the door for bad actors at the same time that it gives brokers and agents a business opportunity. New Hampshire’s insurance commissioner sent a cease-and-desist letter last week to an Arizona […]