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Average premiums for popular ACA plans rising 25 percent

Average premiums for popular ACA plans rising 25 percent
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Insurers are raising the 2017 premiums for a popular and significant group of health plans sold through by an average of 25 percent, more than triple the percentage increase of this year’s plans, according to new government figures. The steep increase in rates serves broadly to confirm what has become evident piecemeal in recent months: Prompted by a burden of...

November is Alpha-1 Awareness Month

Monday, October 24, 2016
MIAMI, Oct. 24, 2016 – The Alpha-1 Foundation has marked November as Alpha-1 Awareness Month, with several activities designed to increase knowledge of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1). Throughout November, people who have Alpha-1...

Already shamed for overcharging, hospitals raised their prices again, study says

Friday, October 21, 2016
A year ago, a study about U.S. hospitals marking up prices by 1,000 percent generated headlines and outrage around the country. Twenty of those priciest hospitals are in Florida, and researchers at the University of Miami wanted to find out...

DC Chef Johnny Spero brings Alpha-1 to the table

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Eight months ago, Chef Johnny Spero, a Baltimore native, had just come back from a once-in-a-lifetime chance to train with his idols at the world-renowned Mugaritz restaurant in the Basque region of Spain. Having gained a new culinary perspective,...

Frustration runs deep for customers forced to change marketplace plans routinely

Monday, October 17, 2016
Andrea Schankman’s three-year relationship with her insurer, Coventry Health Care of Missouri, has been contentious, with disputes over what treatments it would pay for. Nonetheless, like other Missourians, Schankman was unnerved to receive...

Study shows great benefits of exercise, even in small doses, for older Americans

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Retaining the ability to get up and about easily — to walk across a parking lot, climb a set of stairs, rise from a chair and maintain balance — is an under-appreciated component of good health in later life. Two elderly women...

Hospital industry says it, too, is slammed by drug costs

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Hospitals, too, are getting slammed by sharp price increases in prescription drugs, and the industry is urging the next president and Congress to take up the issue. Consumer groups and insurers were already complaining loudly about drug costs....

Government may choose your health plan under Obamacare if you don’t select your own

Monday, October 10, 2016
WASHINGTON — The federal government will choose health plans for hundreds of thousands of consumers whose insurers have left the Affordable Care Act marketplace unless those people opt out of the law’s exchanges or select plans on...

Shire affirms its commitment to the Alpha-1 community

Thursday, October 6, 2016
“Shire is committed to the Alpha-1 community.” That was the key message from Shire’s executive team during a meeting with leaders of the Alpha-1 Foundation, according to Henry Moehring, Foundation president and CEO. From...

Preparing for Awareness Month with social media, proclamations and our 2nd annual Virtual Walk

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The Alpha-1 Foundation will again mark Alpha-1 Awareness Month, designed to increase knowledge about Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1), throughout November. Alphas from all over the United States participated in Virtual...

TV chef helps her Alpha aunt breathe easier

Monday, October 3, 2016
Karen Ettinger spent years living with the effects of Alpha-1 lung disease. Karen Ettinger Before her 2012 double lung transplant, she could only go as far as her 50-foot oxygen tank tube would let her. “I was on total oxygen,...

5 mistakes to avoid during open enrollment

Friday, September 30, 2016
As year-end deadlines and the holidays approach, along comes the annual tradition of selecting workplace benefits for the following year. Open enrollment for 2017 runs from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Health insurance and other perks...

New CEO says National Conference ‘affirmed energy of Alpha-1 community’

Friday, September 30, 2016
Alpha-1 Foundation President and CEO Henry Moehring is on the cover of the Fall 2016 edition of Alpha-1-To-One magazine, where the following story first appeared. Henry Moehring was delighted with the success of the 2016 Alpha-1...

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