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Study Finds 3.8 Million Fewer Uninsured in 2014

The population of Americans lacking health insurance coverage fell from 44.8 million last year to 41 million in early 2014, CNN reported Sept. 14. Concurrently, the uninsured rate fell from 14.4 percent to 13.1 percent. The survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics did not directly attribute […]

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Tax Processed Food to Subsidize Healthy Choices?

Researchers say that a 10-30 percent tax on restaurant meals and processed food could be used to subsidize the cost of healthy food and yield big benefits in public health, LiveScience reported Sept. 5. “With a modest 10 to 30 percent tax on most packaged foods, healthy foods such as fruits, nuts and vegetables could […]

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Program Encourages Buying Produce with Food Stamps

A Michigan program allows people shopping with food stamps to get $20 to spend on locally grown fruit and vegetables for every $20 they spend at a farmer’s market, food truck or grocery store, NBC News reported Aug. 23. The Double Up Food Bucks program seems to be working: 93 percent of program participants say they […]

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More Americans Eating Healthier, But Not the Poor

Healthy eating isn’t just a question of choice, it’s also a matter of cost and education. As more Americans adopt healthier habits in their diet, those at the lower end of the economic scale are being notably left behind, NBC News reported Sept. 1. Overall U.S. scores on a healthy-eating index rose from 40 in […]

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Less than Perfect Produce, at Reduced Cost

Fruit and vegetables don’t have to be pretty to be nutritious and delicious. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported July 14 that the French supermarket chain Intermarche sells produce that normally would be thrown out because of cosmetic flaws in a special section of the store, and at a 30-percent discount. The company’s Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables initiative […]

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Healthcare Reform Benefits Nursing Moms at Work

Working women have the right to take time during the workday to breastfeed their children or express milk for later use, Reuters reported Aug. 5. According to the Affordable Care Act, employers must allow women to pump breast milk for a reasonable period of time and provide a private place (not a restroom) to do […]

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Walmart Opening Primary Care Clinics

Walmart has long offered pharmacy services and basic health screenings, but the giant discount retailer is now moving into the arena of providing direct healthcare services, the New York Times reported Aug. 8. The company has opened the first five of its new primary-care clinics in stores in South Carolina and Texas, with more planned. […]

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Uninsured Rates Drop Most in Most Proactive States

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has driven a 10-percent decline in the uninsured rate in Arkansas, the state with the biggest drop in its population lacking health insurance since the law took effect. Data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index show that 22.3 percent of Arkansans were uninsured in 2013, but that rate fell to 12.4 […]

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FDA Weighs Expanding Label Info on Added Sugar

Many foods have some natural sugar, but typically a lot more is added to processed foods by manufacturers. Public-health advocates say the public has the right to know which sweetener is coming from where, but food companies object to making such distinctions public. Reuters reported Aug. 4 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]

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Is Our Economic Outlook Slowly Brightening?

More Americans are seeing good in the U.S. economy, even if the overall consensus remains pessimistic. CNN reported Aug. 1 that 58 percent of Americans rate the economy as poor, while 41 percent see it as good. However, the percentage who see the economy in a positive light has been on a steady uphill climb […]

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