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Kids health & pesticides? Time to connect the dots, EPA.

September 30, 2013
EPA is doing a better job protecting children's health, according to a new government report . This is very welcome news indeed — kudos to the agency for recognizing that when it comes to environmental harms, kids cannot be treated like little adults. The bad news? The report flagged one arena where kids' health protection is lagging: pesticide decisionmaking. Yikes. As we know from our recent A Generation in Jeopardy report, pesticide exposure is a biggy when it comes to childhood health harms. The GAO — or Government Accountability Office, for those of us outside the beltway universe —...
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Covered California Open Enrollment Begins October 1, 2013

September 30, 2013
Covered California will begin open enrollment on October 1, 2013, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014. This is an exciting time, as communities of color represent two-thirds of the 2.7 million individuals who will be eligible for tax credits to purchase affordable coverage in Covered California. 

Additionally, more than one million eligible adults will speak English less than very well, making language access a priority. We need to spread the word about available resources to maximize enrollment among those eligible in our communities: Covered California's website is currently available...
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The Health Insurance Marketplace for Latinos

September 30, 2013
Para leer este artículo en español, haga clic aquí . Many people go through or know someone who is unable to pay their high health insurance premiums, impacting their health, ruining their finances or avoiding the opportunity of preventing a life-threatening illness. After immigration policies, the lack to access to health insurance has been the main issue impacting the quality of life and the development of Latino immigrants. Since 2010, this fundamental limitation is changing for many Latinos due to the approval of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Since its implementation,...
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Grateful for School Lunch Improvements

September 26, 2013
Confession. Making my kids lunch every day is hard for me. I’m not proud of this. I am a mom that works in childhood obesity prevention, I have overhauled the snack program at our daycare, I am active in the local food movement, and I’m the mom that doesn’t bring chips or cookies for the baseball team. I drool over Pinterest pictures of bento-style lunch boxes overflowing with fruits, vegetables, homemade dips, adorable reusable napkins, and little notes that say, “Have a great day!” And yet this morning, when I finally pulled myself out of bed and realized that the bus was coming in 12...
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OMG! What is Congress Thinking?

September 25, 2013
How badly do some in Congress want to stop healthcare reform from rolling out? So badly that on the eve of implementation they’re ready to tank our nation’s credit rating—significantly damaging our economy—by holding the debt limit hostage in an attempt to stop affordable healthcare options from being extended to tens of millions of Americans. That’s how far they’re ready to go. How far are you ready to go to protect our economy—and to see your family, friends, and neighbors have access to affordable healthcare? Tell Congress: Stop messing around with our national budget and economy. Get out...
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Let's Make Sure Coverage Continues

September 25, 2013
I am the mother of two wonderful daughters in their 20s. One of them has been seeing a mental health specialist since she was 10 years old, and having access to that care with health insurance has been pivotal to her success in college and beyond. The Affordable Care Act made it possible for my daughter to have continuity of care until 26, which saved us from paying extreme premiums for quality health care coverage and helped my daughter get the support she needed as she finished her Bachelors degree. However, come November, when my daughter is no longer covered under her parents’ insurance,...
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You're Invited: WEBINAR on Immigrant Health Coverage Eligibility and Enrollment

September 24, 2013
Health Insurance for Immigrant Families in the ACA Era Please register here and share widely! Thursday, September 26 10:00-11:00am PST/1:00-2:00pm EST Presented by the National Immigration Law Center and the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University The webinar will provide a snapshot of the landscape of coverage options for immigrant families as of 2014. You will learn : · Immigrants’ eligibility for Medicaid, CHIP and the insurance marketplaces · Access barriers faced by immigrants, particularly when part of mixed-immigration status families · Tips for helping immigrants...
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Obamacare Brings Millions Out of the Shadows of the Uninsured

September 24, 2013
With enrollment for health care insurance set to open in a few days, public opinion polls show there is still much confusion about how Obamacare will work. Congressional opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are using the current state of bewilderment to try to stop the health care program before it has a chance to serve people who desperately need it. They threaten to hold the federal government and the health of Americans hostage. But buried in recent polling is this clear conclusion: just over a majority of voters do not like Obamacare -- largely because they don’t understand it --...
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TAKE ACTION: Mythbusting Healthcare Reform

September 17, 2013
We learned this week that only 24% of uninsured people say they understand how health reform will affect them. Opponents of the law continue to pump out misinformation and half-truths that have resulted in a very confused, reluctant public. This means we have a lot of work to do! As a member of the Wellness Wonder Team , you can help reduce some of the confusion by knowing the facts and sharing them with your friends. Here are some great resources with the facts about healthcare: Start by testing your knowledge by taking this quiz from WebMD and then compete with your friends on Facebook to...
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Why Preventive Care Matters

September 17, 2013
This post originally appeared on Get Covered America Blog. ******* Being uninsured means you often "ride out" your sicknesses, or only get treatment when things are really bad. Been there. Done that. Ugh. But wouldn't it be great to have a doctor check up on you when you're feeling relatively good, and give you advice on how to keep feeling good, or even better? Yup. That's called preventive care, and having health insurance that covers important screening tests can actually save lives. This week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that one-quarter of all heart and stroke deaths...
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