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Dec012014

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Cooperation Is Key To Reining In The Cost Of Health Care, Top Insurance Official Says - Business - The Buffalo News








Touchstone Health Partners expands services - Loveland Reporter-Herald






Whats Next? event as stakeholders here and elsewhere prepare for the Nov. 15 start of the second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplaces. The Blues, which insure one-third of Americans, were closely involved in the process of drafting the Affordable Care Act, Serota said. The association doesnt agree with everything in the law but, he said, We have committed to make this work for all Americans. Serota was joined by several other speakers. Kelly K. Smith, director of the Small Business Marketplace for the state Department of Health, reviewed data from the first year of the NY State of Health insurance exchange. She said the state found that a large portion of the people who enrolled for 2014 through the exchange previously were uninsured, including 93 percent of Medicaid enrollees.
Cooperation is key to reining in the cost of health care, top insurance official says - Business - The Buffalo News












He used and became homeless. He used and was abused by boyfriends. "I did almost everything you could imagine to pay for my next fix," said Munholland, a client of Touchstone Health Partners, said in a speech in mid-November at Touchstone Health Partners' annual Transforming Lives fundraising breakfast. "My addiction started partly because I was trying to figure out who I was. I didn't fit in with straight people because I was gay. I didn't fit in with the gay community because I didn't do drugs. Well, becoming straight wasn't going to happen, so I did what I thought gay men do." Munholland, who lives in Fort Collins, said he became a meth user for 10 years until a family intervention led him to Touchstone and getting treatment for substance abuse.
Touchstone Health Partners expands services - Loveland Reporter-Herald







Health chief: Most Volusia adults are overweight | News-JournalOnline.com






Focusing on youths has been a priority because its easier to establish healthy behaviors at an early age than change longstanding habits, said Bev Johnson, a member of Healthy Volusia and executive vice president for the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA. To see any decrease at all or at least to stop obesity from being a larger problem is huge, she said. To see the numbers go down in the younger group is phenomenal. To reduce obesity rates further, Healthy Volusia over at this website Alex Simring is working to establish school and community gardens. Members of the group include the areas hospitals and Bethune-Cookman University. They have a way to go. About 23 percent of Volusia County adults are obese. That is lower than the state and national average, though. Healthy Volusia is also tackling its second top priority of improving access to health care by streamlining United Ways 211 help line for social and health services.
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