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The least-dense breast tissue is fatty, followed by scattered fibroglandular, heterogeneously dense and extremely dense, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. About 40 percent of women in the United States are in the heterogeneously dense category, and 10 percent are in the extremely dense category. … [Read more...] about Arizona and New Jersey are latest states to require breast-density notifications after mammograms
The annual enrollment period begins earlier this year than last year, on October 15, and runs through December 7. People with Medicare will have seven weeks to review Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug coverage benefits and plan options, and choose the option that best meets their unique needs or keep the plan they have today. The earlier open enrollment period also ensures that Medicare has enough time to process plan choices so that coverage can begin without interruption on January 1, 2012. … [Read more...] about More people using free preventive benefits provided by Affordable Care Act
The FAQ clarifies that a participant must be provided a reasonable opportunity to enroll in a tobacco cessation program at the beginning of each plan to qualify for any increased permissible award. If a participant who is a tobacco user declines to participate at the beginning of the year but joins the program in the middle of the plan year, the plan is not required to provide the participant with an opportunity to qualify for the award and avoid the tobacco surcharge until the next renewal or enrollment period. … [Read more...] about New FAQs Released Regarding Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity
Health care gains under ACA more pronounced in Medicaid expansion states: Access to health care has improved significantly under the ACA, but those gains are more pronounced in states that have implemented the law’s expansion of Medicaid, according to a study published in JAMA. The overall rate of uninsured has fallen by 7.9 percentage points since full implementation of the law in 2014. In addition, the number of Americans reporting that they don’t have a personal physician decreased by 3.5 percentage points, while the number who couldn’t afford care dropped by 5.5 percentage points. … [Read more...] about Health Care Law Update: August 3, 2015