Sign Up for Health Care Coverage? ‘Absolutely,’ Experts Say

THE final deadline for enrolling in health insurance for 2017 under the Affordable Care Act is on Tuesday. But with so much turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the law’s future, should consumers bother to shop for coverage? Yes, say policy experts and consumer advocates. Health plans — and subsidies to help low-income consumers pay for premiums — are in place for this year. Healthcare.gov and the state-based insurance marketplaces are open for business, for consumers who do not have job-based coverage and are seeking individual policies. “They absolutely should sign up,”…

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Medical experts urge Canada to declare public emergency over opioid crisis

Members of the medical community and front-line soldiers in Canada’s opioid crisis are pressing the federal government to declare a national public health emergency. Dr. David Juurlink, head of pharmacology and toxicology at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, says the opioid problem is so dire it demands an urgent response at the highest levels of government. Politicians are meeting with public health experts, doctors and family members who have lost loved ones at a two-day summit in Ottawa to hash out a solution to escalating — and deadly — rates…

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Lifestyle diseases on the rise: experts

Lifestyle diseases are on the rise in the country not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas during the past few years. About 30 per cent of population now live in urban areas and by the next decade it will rise to 50 per cent. And along with the migration, lifestyle diseases will increase and therefore it is the responsibility of the medical fraternity as well as the media to educate the public on healthy ways of living, said Greater Viskhapatnam Municipal Corporation Commissioner M. Harinarayanan. He was…

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