AetnaAetna Foundation Sponsors International Symposium on Global Health and Wellness
The Aetna Foundation today announced its support of an international symposium on reducing the global health burden of chronic disease and improving overall health and wellness slated to take place at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, September 23-24, 2013. The symposium, Obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases: Learning from International Experiences, brings together notable international experts on obesity and non-communicable diseases and will address both social and societal determinants of these issues. Hosted by the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) and its policy group the International Obesity TaskForce (IOTF), the symposium is representing a broad range of perspectives, including public health, advocacy, nonprofit and private sector organizations from around the world.

Prince George’s Community CollegePresident Obama to deliver remarks at Prince George’s Community College
On Thursday, September 26th, President Obama will travel to Largo, Maryland to deliver remarks at Prince George’s Community College to lay out one of the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class in America: having access to affordable health care that you can count on. In advance of the President’s visit, the White House shared a brief statement that foreshadows his plan: In just a few days, uninsured Americans will finally have access to comprehensive coverage that fits their needs and budget, many for the first time.  And for Americans who have insurance today, they will finally have the security of knowing their care can’t be taken away when they need it most, due to a pre-existing condition.

The White HouseHealth care state map: State-by state monthly marketplace premiums
A new report shows that the Affordable Care Act will deliver on its promise to make health insurance more affordable and accessible for Americans who need it. The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that in state after state, affordable options will be available through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014. Nearly all eligible uninsured Americans (about 95%) live in states with average premiums below earlier projections. And nearly all consumers (about 95%) will have a choice of health insurance companies,each of which offers a number of different plans. The Marketplace will be run in partnership with States or fully by the HHS in 36 states. In these states, on average, consumers will have a choice of 53 health plans (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum plans), and young adults will have the additional option of low-cost catastrophic or youth plans.

CNNObamacare open enrollment: What you need to know
Amy Braun-Gross is counting the hours until October 1. It’s not her birthday nor her anniversary. October 1 is the day that marks the first time ever she will be allowed to buy health insurance. Like more than 48 million other Americans, the Wisconsin stay-at-home mom does not have insurance to pay for doctor bills if she gets sick. It’s particularly disconcerting when she thinks about her husband, Chris, who runs a tree-cutting business. Being an arborist is physically demanding. He has fallen out of trees. “You know something as simple as a sprained ankle, none of that is covered right now, none of it,” Braun-Gross said. “To add the cost of that to the debt we already have, we’d basically be up a creek.”

Columbus DispatchControversial e-cigarette bill moves forward
A bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18 moved a step closer to reality yesterday, despite objections from anti-smoking groups and Democrats who argue that it ensures the products would not be not taxed like regular cigarettes. “We agree with the end goal, keeping these products out of the hands of youth,” said Jeff Stephens, director of state policy for the American Cancer Society in Ohio. “The challenge is in the path to get there, and the devil is in the details.” The sale of e-cigarettes has grown rapidly, estimated at $1.7 billion in 2013. Susan Liss, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, said statistics show 1 in 5 middle-school students has tried them.

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