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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Weekend Reading: A Metaphor, Age Doesn’t Matter, Take a Trip and It’s Just Peanuts 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: A Metaphor, Age Doesn’t Matter, Take a Trip and It’s Just Peanuts

In the past 24 hours, coronavirus cases have surged in many states across the US, increasing fears that the first wave has not ended. In the past day, the CDC issued new guidance on the risk factors for…

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Weekend Reading: It’s a Long and Winding Road, The Expressway and Rocky Road 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: It’s a Long and Winding Road, The Expressway and Rocky Road

Michigan is continuing down the path of reopening the state, with  decline in the number of new cases and deaths again this week. Michigan is  “on track to contain the virus” – a designation it shares with only two other states, New…

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Weekend Reading: Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Ch-ch-changes 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Ch-ch-changes

Summer has started, but COVID-19 has not taken a vacation. In the US, there are over 2 million confirmed cases and 114,000 deaths. A new CDC study projects the US could suffer 130,000 coronavirus deaths by…

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Weekend Reading: Health Care – No It’s Not Equal 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Health Care – No It’s Not Equal

Protests around the world cry out against the death of George Floyd by law enforcement and the role of race in his death. Like far too many aspects of society, healthcare is not immune from racial bias. Dr.…

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Weekend Reading: Shocking COVID-19 numbers. And no these are not case counts and deaths 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Shocking COVID-19 numbers. And no these are not case counts and deaths

A stunning “new” COVID -19 number was recently released by the Census Bureau: 33% of Americans show clinical depression or anxiety. And this is not the only startling number about the impact the pandemic is having on American’s mental…

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Weekend Reading: Remembrance, Hope and Inspiration 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Weekend Reading: Remembrance, Hope and Inspiration

COVID-19 will change the way many of us mark this Memorial Day. Parades, formal memorials at cemeteries, large family gatherings and other traditions will not take place as usual this year. We will all find new ways to honor…

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Uncharted Territory, Are We Safe?, New Developments, & Tips 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Uncharted Territory, Are We Safe?, New Developments, & Tips

States across the country are taking steps to reopen their local economies without a common national roadmap. Businesses, too, are reopening, often without a well-defined, statewide safety plan. They are challenged to find ways to conduct business…

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COVID-19 & Youth, Mother’s Day and Feel Like a Kid Again 2121 1414 AEPC Health

COVID-19 & Youth, Mother’s Day and Feel Like a Kid Again

As COVID-19 continues to impact Americans’ daily lives, people seek to maintain some sense of normalcy or to establish a “new normal.”  New activities at home are discovered, and once forgotten pastimes revived. Visiting with family and friends…

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AEPC Announces Pricing Improvements with CVS Health – additional projected savings of over $7.7 million 1920 943 AEPC Health

AEPC Announces Pricing Improvements with CVS Health – additional projected savings of over $7.7 million

The AEPC Executive Committee unanimously voted to accept the 2020 Market Check evaluation report presented by Remedy Analytics at its May 7, 2020 meeting held via Zoom. The annual Market Check, negotiated by AEPC with…

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COVID-19 Testing, The Herd Approach, History, Quarantine Tips & Reading 2121 1414 AEPC Health

COVID-19 Testing, The Herd Approach, History, Quarantine Tips & Reading

Michigan, like many other states, is taking steps to relax orders aimed at reducing the spread of  COVID-19. In the forefront of discussions about reopening all or parts of a state’s economy is testing. Questions such as who…

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Cloth Face Mask Requirement, New Learnings, & Quarantine Tips & Reading 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Cloth Face Mask Requirement, New Learnings, & Quarantine Tips & Reading

COVID-19 continues to be front and center in the news and our lives. The US has over 884,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases with the virus claiming more than 50,300 lives. Job losses continue to grow. According to the Labor Department,…

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COVID-19: body impact, social distancing psychology, contact tracing, & Mrs. America 2121 1414 AEPC Health

COVID-19: body impact, social distancing psychology, contact tracing, & Mrs. America

Nearly every part of American life has been impacted by COVID-19.  The coronavirus continues to impact the economy, with around 20 million Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the past four weeks. According to a study published in the Annals…

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How will COVID-19 impact health insurance premiums? 2121 1414 AEPC Health

How will COVID-19 impact health insurance premiums?

About 170 million Americans – over half of the population in the United States – get health insurance through employer-based coverage or the private individual market. Just how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the cost…

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Michigan Addresses COVID-19, Take a Breath, Polio/TB Lessons, and Tips 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Michigan Addresses COVID-19, Take a Breath, Polio/TB Lessons, and Tips

The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to dominate the news in the US and across the world. The number of cases, and deaths, continue to rise. Today, Michigan reports over 22,700 COVID-19 cases and 1,270 lives lost. Michigan state…

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What you need to know about the withdrawal of ranitidine (Zantac) 224 203 AEPC Health

What you need to know about the withdrawal of ranitidine (Zantac)

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was requesting manufacturers to withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. Ranitidine, sold as Zantac and generic equivalents,…

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‘First, do no harm’ guides the practice of active surveillance for prostate cancer patients 2309 1299 AEPC Health

‘First, do no harm’ guides the practice of active surveillance for prostate cancer patients

When it comes to cancer, we frequently equate early detection with early treatment so that the cancer can be removed before it has a chance to spread and cause irreparable, sometimes fatal, harm. For prostate…

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COVID-19 Spread, Masks, Mental Health & The Lighter Side 2121 1414 AEPC Health

COVID-19 Spread, Masks, Mental Health & The Lighter Side

The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in the US and across the world dominates the news – from the number of cases, lives lost, and economic impact. The number of cases in Michigan continues to rise, with over 12,700 today…

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CVS Health Announces COVID-19 Measures Focused on Patient Access 150 150 AEPC Health

CVS Health Announces COVID-19 Measures Focused on Patient Access

CVS Health, the preferred Pharmacy Benefits Manager for AEPC’s prescription drug program, announced these COVID-19 related actions to assist all participating AEPC groups and their members. Additionally, most participating organizations in AEPC’s Pharmacy Benefits Plan…

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COVID-19 Resource List 2560 1707 AEPC Health

COVID-19 Resource List

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact ever-increasing aspects of our personal and community health, the following resources may be useful to find credible information and assistance. COVID-19 screening tools COVID-19 Hotline: 888-535-6136, 7 days…

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Coronavirus Screening Tools, Drug Hoarding, DNRs and More 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Coronavirus Screening Tools, Drug Hoarding, DNRs and More

The growth in the number of cases of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in the US and across the world dominates the news.  As of 5:30 pm today, there were over 100,700 US COVID-19 cases compared with around 16,600 last Friday.…

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Struggling with medical debt? You’re not alone, and here’s what you can do about it. 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Struggling with medical debt? You’re not alone, and here’s what you can do about it.

Managing your personal finances can be tough even when you and your loved ones are healthy. But adding in expensive medical bills can lead to higher stress levels just at the time you need to…

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Coronavirus- Treatment, Perspectives, Tips and News 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Coronavirus- Treatment, Perspectives, Tips and News

Last Friday, the US had approximately 1,300 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. As of 4:00 pm, today, there are over 16,600 cases.  This week, there has been a flood of new information about the disease, such as the risk it poses…

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Struggling to pay for health care affects people with insurance 1732 1732 AEPC Health

Struggling to pay for health care affects people with insurance

Financial stress, hardship, and even bankruptcy caused by medical bills is a well-documented story in the United States. Health care costs topped $3.6 trillion in 2018, and having some type of employment-based health insurance is…

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Coronavirus – Prevention and Preparedness 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Coronavirus – Prevention and Preparedness

The situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is changing minute by minute. There is no lack of news on the many dimensions of the pandemic ranging from prevention, testing, preparedness, event cancellations, and more.  Sorting through the information can sometimes…

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Exhausted from the “spring forward”? Here’s how to cope 2121 1414 AEPC Health

Exhausted from the “spring forward”? Here’s how to cope

If you’re feeling tired and groggy this Monday morning, you’re not alone. Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts on Sunday at 2 am, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening by “springing…

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