Relationships And Health (Climate of Health)

Many of us recognize the importance of exercise and eating well, but a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests your relationships are just as important to your overall health. From the Washington Post: The findings underscore the value of social ties to improving a person’s physical health, from the teenage years through the 90s and beyond. The researchers said … Continue reading Relationships And Health (Climate of Health)

155,000 Arizonans Sign Up (Climate of Health)

If you brought all the Arizonans together who signed up for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health coverage this year, you could fill University of Phoenix Stadium two-and-a-half times. 155,000 people enrolled for coverage according to statistics just released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to KNXV-TV,  59,000 people in our state had to change health insurance companies because of the upcoming (January 1st) … Continue reading 155,000 Arizonans Sign Up (Climate of Health)

Holiday Blues (Climate of Health)

‘Tis the season to be jolly – but what if you’re not? There’s a lot of pressure to be merry during the holidays and for some….that can bring on the holiday blues. From US News & World Report: Celebrating is the last thing some people feel like doing during the holiday season. “The holidays can be an especially difficult time for people who are depressed … Continue reading Holiday Blues (Climate of Health)

Cadillac Tax Delay (Climate of Health)

A two-year delay in the implementation of the so-called “cadillac tax” is a key piece of the new budget package the House and Senate are expected to vote on in the next few days. The much debated tax, which apples to high-cost insurance plans provided by employers to workers, was scheduled to begin in 2018. It is one of three changes to Affordable Care Act (ACA) … Continue reading Cadillac Tax Delay (Climate of Health)

We’re Number……33??! (Climate of Health)

The latest Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance is out and Arizona is ranked 33rd overall. Despite our state’s middle of the road ranking, we improved in 12 of the indicators used in the scorecard and only dropped in three. Below are a few bullet points specific to Arizona taken from the report: Access and Affordability, being able to get and afford health care when you … Continue reading We’re Number……33??! (Climate of Health)

Happy Holi-daze! (Climate of Health)

A recent story on CNN.com focused on a few long-held holiday health myths and whether they are cause for concern now that December is here. Right at the top of the list…..gaining weight. How much weight do we really gain during the holidays? According to the story: During the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, adults gained about 0.8 pounds, according to a 2000 … Continue reading Happy Holi-daze! (Climate of Health)

Pfizer + Allergen = ??? (Climate of Health)

It will be the largest healthcare merger in history. Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Allergan plan to merge in a $160 billion dollar deal. The merger will provide Pfizer with the option to move its headquarters to Ireland, which would allow the company to lower its taxes. The New Yorker is calling the merger a disgrace: Tax-driven deals of this nature are known as “inversions,” and … Continue reading Pfizer + Allergen = ??? (Climate of Health)

Sticker Shock (Climate of Health)

The headline in the New York Times reads, “Many Say High Deductibles Make Their Health Law Insurance All But Useless.” The focus of the story highlights a growing concern that while health insurance premiums are now affordable for many Americans, the deductibles in some plans are skyrocketing. From the Times article: But for many consumers, the sticker shock is coming not on the front end, … Continue reading Sticker Shock (Climate of Health)

Losing Ground In The Obesity Fight (Climate of Health)

Surprised and disheartened. That’s how many people on the front line of the fight against obesity felt about the results of a new survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bottom line – obesity rates continue to climb despite years of major public awareness efforts to try to get people to watch their weight and make better decisions about what … Continue reading Losing Ground In The Obesity Fight (Climate of Health)

Phoenix Joins “Healthy Communities Challenge” (Climate of Health)

Phoenix is one of 20 cities in the new “Healthy Communities Challenge.” The campaign, designed by the White House, is targeting communities across the country with the highest rates of uninsured people. From KTAR News: The goal of the program is to improve outreach efforts between the local government and uninsured citizens and help those citizens gain coverage. The story goes on to say there are almost 200,000 uninsured … Continue reading Phoenix Joins “Healthy Communities Challenge” (Climate of Health)