Blood Donor Awareness Month – Your Blood Can Save Lives

January 8, 2019

January is Blood Donor Awareness Month—a good opportunity to highlight the importance of donating blood and the impact it can have on saving lives. Blood Donation 101 The average adult has approximately 10 pints of blood in their body. During a donation, approximately 1 pint is taken. A healthy donor can donate blood every 56 days, or donate platelets – tiny cells that help your blood to clot – as few as 7 days apart, up to a maximum of 24 times a year. There are four blood types: Type A, Type B, Type AB, and Type O. Type A

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New Year’s Resolutions to Improve your Health this 2019

January 1, 2019

Make health your priority this year with these following tips: Drink more water – most recommend that you drink a half a gallon of water a day on average. Follow these twelve tips from ‘Self’ to make drinking water more fun! Exercise – exercising regularly will help you get into shape and decrease your risk of developing certain diseases. The ‘Active Times’ lists 20 easy ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Think positive – “Think positive and positive things will happen.” Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Here are 6 mental tricks of reframing a

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Affordable Care Act: Life Without the ACA

December 19, 2018

The Affordable Care Act is known for providing protections for pre-existing conditions and securing healthcare for nearly 12 million Americans in 2018 alone. However, with the recent ruling by a Texas judge striking down the entire healthcare law, much more is at stake. Here’s a breakdown of everything the ACA has provided. Pre-Existing Conditions According to a recent study, more than 100 million – one-third of Americans – lives with a pre-existing condition. Under the ACA, insurers were prohibited from discriminating against individuals with pre-existing by charging more for healthcare or denying healthcare altogether. Without the ACA, one in three

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U.S. top court, Kavanaugh spurn Planned Parenthood defunding case

December 11, 2018

Andrew Chung | Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end their public funding to women’s healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program, with President Donald Trump’s appointee Brett Kavanaugh among the justices who rebuffed the states. The justices left intact lower court rulings that prevented Louisiana and Kansas from stripping government healthcare funding from local Planned Parenthood affiliates. The case was one of a number of disputes working their way up to the Supreme Court over the legality of state-imposed restrictions involving abortion. Three conservative

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2019 Open Enrollment is Underway: A Q&A with NY State of Health

December 5, 2018

Open enrollment for health insurance in 2019 on the New York State marketplace is open. The Healthcare Education Project spoke with NY State of Health regarding key information you should know to sign up for healthcare. Q: What makes NY State of Health unique, compared to the federal healthcare exchange that many states use? NY State of Health is a one-stop shop for health insurance, both subsidized and unsubsidized. Consumers can compare many health plan options, check eligibility, apply for financial assistance, and enroll all in one place. This can be done online, in person or over the phone. NY

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