This is Public Health

Insurance

A new Commonwealth Fund survey finds that in the wake of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, significantly fewer working-age adults are uninsured than just before the sign-up period began, and many have used their new coverage to obtain needed care.

The uninsured rate for people ages 19 to 64 declined from 20 percent in the July-to-September 2013 period to 15 percent in the April-to-June 2014 period. An estimated 9.5 million fewer adults were uninsured. Young men and women drove a large part of the decline: the uninsured rate for 19-to-34-year-olds declined from 28 percent to 18 percent, with an estimated 5.7 million fewer young adults uninsured. By June, 60 percent of adults with new coverage through the marketplaces or Medicaid reported they had visited a doctor or hospital or filled a prescription; of these, 62 percent said they could not have accessed or afforded this care previously.

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Health IT

Men can make their health a priority. Take daily steps to be healthier and stronger. This week is National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, 2014. There are many easy things you can do every day to improve your health and stay healthy, including:

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Quitting tobacco
  • Moving more
  • Eating healthier
  • Taming stress
  • Seeing your doctor

Click here to learn more about Men’s Health Week.

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The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, a program of LPHI and LCRC, is currently working with grantees to host a series of statewide town halls where youth are sharing the results of their research on tobacco advertising. Check out this video produced by the Region 8 grantee in Jonesboro featuring students from the local Defy the Lies team.

Click here to see the video.

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved new regulations and warning labels for tanning beds aimed at reducing skin cancer.

The F.D.A has been regulating tanning beds for more than 30 years but will now require manufacturers to warn consumers in greater detail about the risks.

Labels on new beds will say the machines should not be used by anyone under the age of 18 and will also be required to warn people about cancer risk. The F.D.A. is also imposing new safety requirements for timers and limits on radiation.

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Flip Flops

After months of patiently waiting, it’s finally here: the sizzling hot days of summer. With summer serving as the unofficial start to the celebrated season of sun, you want to make sure it’s as healthy and safe for you and your family as possible.

From traffic safety to diet reminders, here are tips from WebMD that will have you starting your summer off on the right flip-flop.

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Having fun while you swim this summer means knowing how to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and injuries. Learn how to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!

Swimming is one of the most popular sports activities in the United States. Although swimming is a physical activity that offers many health benefits, pools and other recreational water venues are also places where germs can be spread and injuries can happen.

May 19–25, 2014, the week before Memorial Day, marks the tenth annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week.

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National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. National Women’s Health Week also serves as a time to help women understand what it means to be well.

Click here for tips on what it means to be a well woman.

 

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We encourage moms to make their health a priority and take simple steps to live a safer and healthier life. While being a mother means caring for others, here are a few things moms can do to take care of themselves. Moms of every age can take steps to live a safer and healthier life.

Click here to read more.

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A new study reveals that children who spend two hours or more in front of a screen (TV, computer, videogames etc.) have over 2.5 fold increase in their odds of having high blood pressure (BP). These odds are increased further by overweight and obesity. The study also showed that children with a low level of fitness had 3.4 times higher odds of high BP than those with a high level of fitness.

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The Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection (GNOCHC) is an important program that provides preventive, primary care and mental health services to 53,000 residents in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes who would otherwise be uninsured.  This critical program which has been operating since 2010 is in jeopardy of shutting down in August 2014 if the state does not continue the funding required for GNOCHC.

Without GNOCHC, the state will see approximately a $59 million increase in healthcare costs annually as patients seek non-emergency care in emergency rooms at local hospitals where they cannot be turned away.  Additionally, local businesses could be forced to lay off more than 300 employees that support the health care industry, including 121 people working in health care centers. The financial impact of this devastating cut to primary care and mental health coverage in the region is one that we simply cannot afford.

Click here to sign a petition requesting state legislators to save the GNOCHC program.