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Premiums may almost double during 2016 enrollment
Consumers are experiencing premium hikes as high as 70 percent during the 2016 open enrollment period. Insurers are raising prices to compensate for a client pool that was less healthy than expected, writes Virginia Anderson of Kaiser Health News. Individuals who do not receive insurance through an employer or the federal subsidy provided under the Affordable Care Act are being hit harder than other purchasers, as they bear the entirety of the cost increase.
Groups promoting public health receive funds from soda
While Americans continue to struggle with obesity, public health groups are accepting money from soda companies. The American Diabetes Association, the National Institutes of Health, the American Red Cross and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have received funding from Pepsi and Coca-Cola, which lobby against legislation preventing obesity and targeting soda. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine detail the link between public health organizations and soda companies in a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Alexandra Sifferlin at Time has the story.
Apple spurs rumors with health care hires
Apple has hired around 100 medical specialists and partnered with large health care providers. There is speculation the tech giant is developing biomedical technology and eHealth tools, according to Darius Tahir of Politico.
Childhood cancer on the retreat
Fewer children among all races and age groups are dying from cancer. The rate for the most susceptible age group, 15- to 19-year-olds, fell more than 20 percent between 1999 and 2014. The reductions in death rates are a result of clinical trials and alternative treatments. Nicholas Bakalar of The New York Times reports.
Marshfield Clinic provides dental care to rural consumers
Medical health and oral health go hand-in-hand, say Marshfield Clinic Health System executives. The Family Health Center of Marshfield contracts with the health system to expand dental services, treating more than 130,000 patients since it began offering dental care in 2002. Elizabeth Whitman at Modern Healthcare shares Marshfield Clinic has merged dental and medical offerings, providing care to customers living in rural areas where a shortage of dental providers is common.