Before reviewing options for next year’s Medicare coverage, it’s important to understand how Medicare fits with the Affordable Care Act often called Obamcare. With all the media attention focused on shoppers in the individual market and their troubles navigating the government’s website, it’s no wonder seniors want to know if they have to sign up somewhere to keep getting their Medicare benefits. Do they have to shop in the exchanges? What happens to their premiums?
This is a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish, and leftover sauce can be served on pancakes or waffles.
A buzzword we keep hearing these days is “health care reform.” As you know, it refers to changes the government is requiring of health care facilities to improve the care they give. Despite the problems with the launch of the health care exchange, the overall intentions of health care reform are good — to make health care more comprehensive and accessible for everyone. Simply put, to make sure that when people need care, they get it fast and that it’s effective and affordable. One specific area of hospital services that’s mandated to improve is emergency departments (EDs).
Making sensible dietary choices during Thanksgiving and other winter holiday meals can have a significant impact on your health as the days get colder. By eating smart, you can enjoy such celebrations guilt-free.
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. According to the web site for The Memorial Hospital, recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless people take steps to stop it.
This week’s super food is plain, non-fat Greek yogurt. Six creamy ounces offers only 90 calories and provides many of the vitamins and minerals that are lacking in the typical American diet such as: Vitamin D, Calcium, and Phosphorus. These vitamins and minerals are essential for energy and the maintenance of strong bones and teeth — (peak bone density is reached by age 18). Even though this yogurt contains 0 grams fat, it promotes satiety (feeling of full) due to its high protein content.
Don’t let the holidays throw your workout routine out of whack. Choose a condensed, yet intense workout that can be crammed into the otherwise busy days.
Experiencing a death can be overwhelming for anyone, but it especially is difficult for youths, and the first step of support is for the rest of us to become more aware of what these kids are going through.
If you suffer from obesity or irritable bowel syndrome, perhaps bacteria can help. Doctors and universities across the world currently are knee-deep in research, trying to figure out how “good” bacteria can help fight IBS and obesity and ward off colon cancer.
Open enrollment for Medicare Part D prescription plans and Medicare Advantage health plans is underway and continues until Dec. 7. Current Medicare beneficiaries interested in changing to a different plan must make a decision by Dec. 7.
Holidays are about celebrating friends and family but let’s face it, they are also about eating. For diabetics, the focus on large portions and lots of sweet goodies can be challenging. Here are some tips to maintaining a healthy diet — and glucose control — during the holidays.
Recent research has confirmed the suspected health benefits of coconut! Coconut may help improve weight loss efforts, cardiovascular profile and some neurologic disorders.
Make your workout fit for you! Choose a routine, time of day, cardiovascular machine, and a friend that will motivate you.
The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees took action at its regular Thursday meeting and at a subsequent meeting Monday night.
Healthcare in America is changing. Healthcare.gov, the Affordable Care Act website, launched Oct. 1 and has received criticism for not being user-friendly and packed with glitches. Regardless of the deficiencies of the website and the law, it has changed the insurance market and what existing government healthcare programs can provide to whom. Because of the Affordable Care Act, about 750 Moffat County adult residents will become newly eligible for Medicaid. Also, Medicare will offer more preventative coverage for free and cheaper prescription options for people who are spending about $3,000 on their medication per year.