Wellness Wednesday-Health Care Reform Updates

While open enrollment in the Marketplace ended March 31, there are still some important and new updates of which both businesses and individuals should be aware.

Special Enrollment Periods

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we all know that health insurance is now mandated.

Women’s Health and the ACA

 

Affordable Care Act: Coverage for Weight Loss
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Need to lose weight? You’re not alone. Talk to your doctor. You may be able to get free help through your health care plan under the Affordable Care Act.

Wellness Wednesday-Tax Penalty and the ACA

 

The ACA Tax Penalty
By Julie Rovner, NPR News

2014 is the first year most Americans will have to either have health insurance or face a tax penalty and skipping health insurance could cost a lot more than $95.

But most people who are aware of the penalty think it’s pretty small, at least for this first year. And that could turn into an expensive mistake.

Wellness Wednesday-Picky Eaters

 

Picky Eating
 

Picky eaters can happen at any age. But it seems worse with preschoolers. Do any of the statements below remind you of your preschooler?

“Michael won’t eat anything green, just because of the color.

Wellness Wednesday-Color Code for Healthy Choices

Making Healthier Choices by Color Coding

Could a little red circle really make us bypass short ribs and mashed potatoes for some cod and rice instead?

Well, a team of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital sure think so — at least sometimes — and they have a study that backs them up.

Last April, when NPR moved into new headquarters, they got a snazzy new cafeteria.

Wellness Wednesday-Healthified Chicken Pot Pie

Healthified Chicken Pot Pie

Cold Weather Foods
When the temperature starts to drop, do you have those recipes that you go to this time of year? One of our favorite “go to” recipes is Chicken Pot Pie.

Wellness Wednesday-Hug a Senior!

National Senior Citizens Day
Are you lucky enough to have some favorite senior citizens in your life? If you are, then you already know how special they are, and that they are a blessing in our lives, not a burden. Did you know that in 1988, President Ronald Regan declared August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day? He was certainly on to something to give them their day.

Wellness Wednesday-HCR Terminology-Part 2

Part 2 continued: HCR Terminology-Part 2

Lifetime Maximum

Insurance policies are no longer allowed to require a specific dollar maximum paid for essential health benefits. Regulations also permit individuals who previously reached a lifetime maximum and who are otherwise still eligible for coverage an opportunity to re-enroll.

Wellness Wednesday-Benefits of Eating Breakfast

The Many Benefits of Breakfast

The right breakfast foods can help you concentrate, give you strength – even help you maintain a healthy weight.
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By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature
Reviewed by Louise  Chang, MD

Your mother was right: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

Wellness Wednesday-Tax Credits and ACA

Deciphering The Health Law’s Subsidies For Premiums
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By Julie Appleby

KHN Staff Writer

Jul 24, 2013

Tax credits to help low- and moderate-income Americans buy health insurance will become available in January under the health law, when for the first time, most people will be required to have coverage or pay a fine.

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