Washington PostWhat type of Obamacare explainer are you?
Do you wonder why we passed the Affordable Care Act in the first place?If you think we were just fine without this complicated law, you might want to check out this chart from the American Public Health Association. It explains some of the problems with our health-care system that Obamacare hopes to address.

Star CourierPublic health clinics offering free services April 9, 10
The Henry and Stark County Health Departments will showcase their ongoing efforts “to protect and improve the health of the community,” during National Public Health Week, April 7-13, 2014.  The theme for this year’s observance is “Public Health: Start Here!.”  During National Public Health Week the Health Department will remind residents of ways in which Americans can take preventative measures to live longer and healthier lives; and the vast array of Health Department services aimed to help residents acheive continued health.

TIMEThis is the No. 1 cause of disability worldwide
Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on lower back pain, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and it’s now the No. 1 cause of job disability around the world. In a new study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, researchers gathered data from 117 studies from 47 different countries and other supplemental surveys. Lower back pain is the top cause for years lost due to disability (calculated by adding years lost as a result of early death and the number of years lived with disability). About one in 10 people suffer from lower back pain, and prevalence is highest in Western Europe and lowest in the Caribbean and Latin America. And the world’s growing population of elderly means people are living longer with pain.

The AlmagestNew hepatitis C drug deemed too expensive
You’ve always seen it in the movies, a pill that can cure a disease that is usually non-curable with pills, or maybe it’s even a disease that can rarely be combated. This is just fiction, there’s nothing real about those products or those story lines, but there actually is some sort of “miracle pill” on the market. Sovaldi is a brand new hepatitis C drug that is being manufactured by Gilead Sciences, people are just now asking the pharmaceutical giant to tell us why these pills are $1,000 a pop. The price tag for a three-month cycle of this medicine is definitely for those who would deem themselves “wealthy”, as it comes in at a staggering $84,000; which respectively has health insurance companies and statewide Medicaid programs sweating bullets.