Detroit Free Press — Kathleen Sebelius: Time running out to enroll in Affordable Care Act
If you or someone you care about does not have health care, it’s not too late to sign up for quality affordable coverage — but you’ll want to act today. The deadline to get insurance is March 31. After that, you’ll have to wait until November 2014 to sign up. Many of the people I have met have told me they were surprised at just how affordable Marketplace insurance can be. In Detroit, a family of four earning $50,000 a year can get covered for as little as $115 per month. A 27-year-old earning $25,000 can get covered for as little as $99 per month.
National Journal — How the NRA used one tweet to derail an Obama nominee
The NRA spends its days defending deadly weapons, but it only needed a single tweet to kill a top Obama official. If you’ve been following the news cycle, you probably saw Rand Paul and the gun lobby pitch a fit over the nomination of Vivek Murthy, the Harvard- and Yale-educated physician Obama picked to serve as the nation’s top doctor. Murthy’s biggest crime, beyond some concerns that he would “propagandize” on behalf of the Affordable Care Act, was simply that he described gun violence as a public-health issue. Once. In a tweet. In 2012. For the uninitiated, Murthy’s offending statement is this: “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.”
TH Online: Study: Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober
A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app studied joins a host of others that serve as electronic shoulder angels, featuring a variety of options for trying to prevent alcoholics and drug addicts from relapsing. Adults released from in-patient alcoholism treatment centers who got free sober smartphones reported fewer drinking days and more overall abstinence than those who got the usual follow-up support.
NPR Atlanta — CDC: Hospital infection rate improving, but still a problem
Hospital-related infections continue to plague the U.S. healthcare system, according to a new study from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, released Wednesday, says nearly four percent of all hospital patients acquire an infection from their medical care. Of those patients who do get an infection, just over 10 percent die. “Lung infections, gut infections, infections related to surgery, infections related to urinary catheters are at the top of things that are causing problems for hospital patients,” said Michael Bell, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.