Weekend Reading: Health Spending Falls, Buyer Beware, Lung Transplants, You’re Officially Old and more! 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Health Spending Falls, Buyer Beware, Lung Transplants, You’re Officially Old and more!

COVID-19 altered Thanksgiving traditions for millions of Americans – it is likely to do the same for the upcoming holiday season. Hospitalizations, daily case counts and deaths continue to hit record levels. The promise of a vaccine is rapidly…

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Follow the science: what we need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine 2560 1440 AEPC Health

Follow the science: what we need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

Follow the science. That’s the guiding principle we’ve been encouraged to use when deciding what information to listen to about COVID-19, and it’s a sound one. So that same principle is what should guide us…

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Weekend Reading: Voices of Heroes, Answering the Call, Opposing Views and More 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Voices of Heroes, Answering the Call, Opposing Views and More

Thanksgiving, like other 2020 holidays, will be different this year due to COVID-19. Yesterday, the CDC urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household as COVD-19 cases surge out of control. If…

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Weekend Reading: Staying Safe, Lasting Effects, Hope on the Horizion and November Nostalgia 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Staying Safe, Lasting Effects, Hope on the Horizion and November Nostalgia

The number of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations are growing exponentially. On Friday the U.S. reported more than 169,000 new coronavirus cases, a record high for the third straight day. Eighteen states, predominantly in the Midwest, are reporting a catastrophic…

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Weekend Reading: ACA – On the Docket, Promises, Eyes Have It, November Nostalgia 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: ACA – On the Docket, Promises, Eyes Have It, November Nostalgia

As with most things today, COVID-19 has impacted  the reporting of vote tallies from Tuesday’s Presidential election. As anticipated, some states have been delayed in reporting results due to the counting of the large number of mail ballots due to…

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Weekend Reading: Down to the Wire – Vote 2020, Fall Back and Once in a Blue Moon and Uranus – the Uranus jokes continue! 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Down to the Wire – Vote 2020, Fall Back and Once in a Blue Moon and Uranus – the Uranus jokes continue!

For this Weekend Reading Series, check out #Vote2020 for articles on two of the top issues of the 2020 election: affordable health care coverage and the COVID-19 pandemic. Next, #Perspectives provides articles about the impact of COVID-19 on individuals’…

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What happens if the Supreme Court eliminates the Affordable Care Act? 2127 1409 AEPC Health

What happens if the Supreme Court eliminates the Affordable Care Act?

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on November 10th in a case that could topple the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite claims throughout his time in office that the Trump Administration would offer a…

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Weekend Reading: Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Opioid Crisis, Price of Insulin, Fired, Hair Loss and more! 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Opioid Crisis, Price of Insulin, Fired, Hair Loss and more!

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local police departments and some drug stores across Michigan are providing central free disposal of unwanted prescription drugs. According…

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Who’s got skin in the pre-existing conditions game? 2157 1390 AEPC Health

Who’s got skin in the pre-existing conditions game?

The short answer: everyone. Whether you currently don’t have health insurance but may wish to buy it some day; you purchase insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace; are on Medicare or Medicaid; or…

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Weekend Reading: Life w/o the ACA?, Danger in the Herd, Five and Under and Treats, Tips and Halloween 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Life w/o the ACA?, Danger in the Herd, Five and Under and Treats, Tips and Halloween

Fred R. Barnard is often credited with the origin of the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words “ in the early 1920s. He used the phrase to commend the use of graphics and photos in…

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Weekend Reading: World Mental Health Day, #MH By the Numbers, #At Work, #Back in the Day and #A Little Music 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: World Mental Health Day, #MH By the Numbers, #At Work, #Back in the Day and #A Little Music

Beginning in 1992, October 10th is observed as World Mental Health day. The goal of this world-wide effort is promote awareness of mental health, educate the public, and try to prevent the stigma which is still often associated with…

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Stop! Don’t click “share” before you read this. 2560 1707 AEPC Health

Stop! Don’t click “share” before you read this.

The COVID-19 pandemic is precisely the time when we need factual health information to be communicated with clarity and compassion. Our fears, anxieties and sense of urgency to address this problem have led nearly all…

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Weekend Reading: Essential Coverage, FDA Dental Alert, Deep Dive and Vote by Oct. 6th! 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Essential Coverage, FDA Dental Alert, Deep Dive and Vote by Oct. 6th!

The pandemic continues to slow economic recovery in the US. The Labor Department reported today that job growth slowed sharply in September, with the hiring of just 661,000 new workers. While unemployment in September dropped to 7.9%, from 8.4% in…

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Weekend Reading: Future of ACA, Drug Importation, Executive Orders, BCBS Settlement and more 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Future of ACA, Drug Importation, Executive Orders, BCBS Settlement and more

With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is even more uncertain. One week after the Presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court is to hear a case challenging the ACA. What’s at stake in this…

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Healthy voting essentials: here’s what you need to know to vote safely 1823 1644 AEPC Health

Healthy voting essentials: here’s what you need to know to vote safely

COVID-19 has challenged us to rethink the health and safety aspects of quite literally everything we do, including the method we’ll use to cast our ballot. A record 1.6 million voters cast absentee ballots in…

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Weekend Reading: #Never Forget 911, #Resilience, #Just the Facts, #Viewpoints 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: #Never Forget 911, #Resilience, #Just the Facts, #Viewpoints

Today is nineteenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorists’ attacks on the US. The plane hijackings that struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field killed 2,977 people and left many others with lifetime health problems.…

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Weekend Reading: 3 Day Weekend, 3 Noteworthy Days 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: 3 Day Weekend, 3 Noteworthy Days

With the Labor Day weekend ahead, it’s a perfect time to remember that taking a break is good for our health. Time away from work, daily routines, and the demands of everyday life are important ways to keep…

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Trump’s Executive Order on Prescription Drug Rebate Reform: “Bold and Historic” or “Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing”? 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Trump’s Executive Order on Prescription Drug Rebate Reform: “Bold and Historic” or “Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing”?

In late July, President Trump signed four Executive Orders related to prescription drug pricing. The President described the orders as “bold and historic, very dramatic action to reduce the price of prescription drugs.” Health care…

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Weekend Reading: Rx Costs, Another Growing Threat, Babies on the Board Walk, and Pumpkin Spice Latte Backlash 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Rx Costs, Another Growing Threat, Babies on the Board Walk, and Pumpkin Spice Latte Backlash

News on the COVID-19 front this week brought confusion and hope. The CDC’s change Monday suggesting that asymptomatic individuals exposed to COVID-19 should not be tested was met by a storm of outrage. The CDC offered clarification later in…

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Weekend Reading: Mental Health Matters, Have a Drink, Take Your Pick 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Mental Health Matters, Have a Drink, Take Your Pick

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life – and for most of us the change has not been for the better. Millions have lost jobs, health care coverage and are at risk of losing their house or apartment. Those with jobs…

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Weekend Reading: Not All News is COVID-19 News, In the Mitten, Food for Thought & Be Inspired 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Not All News is COVID-19 News, In the Mitten, Food for Thought & Be Inspired

The COVID-19 pandemic is front and center when it comes to health care news – daily case counts, deaths, personal protection equipment availability, etc. The CDC continues to provide updates on testing, opening schools and business, travel and other…

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Weekend Reading: Important CDC Alert, “Sugar, Sugar”, Give Me the Facts 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Important CDC Alert, “Sugar, Sugar”, Give Me the Facts

Like many countries, the U.S. has a love affair with sugar. Americans consume an average of 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day, or about 57 pounds of added sugar each year, per person. Health experts say that the amount…

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Millions have lost their jobs and their health insurance due to the pandemic. What health policies will make a difference? 2119 1414 AEPC Health

Millions have lost their jobs and their health insurance due to the pandemic. What health policies will make a difference?

Job losses associated with COVID-19 are creating an alarming health care crisis. About half of the population in the U.S. gets health insurance through employer-sponsored coverage. As workers lose jobs, the sudden economic woes of…

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It’s not too late to VOTE in Michigan’s Tuesday, August 4th Primary! 1500 1029 AEPC Health

It’s not too late to VOTE in Michigan’s Tuesday, August 4th Primary!

1. If you are already registered to vote: a. If you requested and received an Absent Voter Ballot by mail, fill it out and return it to your clerk’s office no later than 8 pm…

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Weekend Reading: Emotions in the COVID-19 era: And now my life has changed in oh so many ways! 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Emotions in the COVID-19 era: And now my life has changed in oh so many ways!

Emotions play an integral role in who we are and the lives we live. In the field of psychology, fear, anger, sadness and joy are four of the eight primary emotions. An emotional reaction to an emotion is considered…

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Weekend Reading: Everybody Talks, Rumor Has It, Stopping the Spread and This Week @ CDC 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Everybody Talks, Rumor Has It, Stopping the Spread and This Week @ CDC

As the pandemic continues, so does the flood of COVID-19 information in newspapers, as well as on broadcast and social media. Some of the reporting consists of the latest data on the number of cases and deaths in the…

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Weekend Reading: A Record Loss, Happy Mosquitos, Medicaid Matters & Hand Sanitizer 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: A Record Loss, Happy Mosquitos, Medicaid Matters & Hand Sanitizer

The US has and continues to set COVID-19 records. Yesterday, the US reported 77,300 new coronavirus cases – the highest one-day total for the pandemic to date. The US also leads the world with over 3.5 million cases and…

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Oklahoma voters expand Medicaid. Has the pandemic heightened the public demand for health care? 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Oklahoma voters expand Medicaid. Has the pandemic heightened the public demand for health care?

“In the middle of a pandemic, Oklahomans stepped up and delivered life-saving care for nearly 200,000 of our neighbors, took action to keep our rural hospitals open, and brought our tax dollars home to protect…

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Weekend Reading: Speed is of the Essence, True or False, What is Lost, Beards more! 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Speed is of the Essence, True or False, What is Lost, Beards more!

The U.S. continues to set daily records for the new number of cases, over 60,000 just yesterday.  No, this is not the result of more testing, as the positivity rate in over 28 states is rising. Positivity rates should…

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Weekend Reading: Independence Day, My Generation and Too Afraid to Go 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Independence Day, My Generation and Too Afraid to Go

The 4th of July celebrations will be different this year than in the past as COVID-19 continues to spread. Fireworks, parades and community gatherings cancelled. Health experts are encouraging people to stay home this weekend and if around…

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