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New data: Affordable Care Act helps 2.5 million additional young adults get health insurance Expanded coverage from the health care law has continued to grow


Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Today, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data illustrating that the Affordable Care Act continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health insurance.

Because of the health care law, young adults can stay on their parents' insurance plans through age 26. This policy took effect in September 2010. Data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) shows that since September 2010, the percentage of adults aged 19-25 covered by a private health insurance plan increased significantly, with approximately 2.5 million more young adults with insurance coverage compared to the number of young adults who would have been insured without the law.

"Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million more young adults don't have to live with the fear and uncertainty of going without health insurance," said Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Moms and dads around the country can breathe a little easier knowing their children are covered."

Families around the country are benefitting from this part of the law, including families like the Houghs, whose daughter Natalie was diagnosed with a rare heart condition after suffering a cardiac arrest at school. Her condition requires a lifetime of medication and care. There was a day when this diagnosis would mean insurance companies would either not cover Natalie or would offer her unaffordable plans. It would mean that Natalie and her family would have to keep paying, or face the unimaginable alternative.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Natalie can stay on her family's plan and has started college, and thanks to the law, by the time she turns 26, it will be illegal for a plan to deny coverage to anyone, regardless of their health and Natalie will have access to quality, affordable care.

Data from the first three months of 2011 showed that one million more young adults had insurance coverage compared to a year ago. The numbers announced today show a continuation of the coverage gains due to the health care law as students graduate from high school and college in May and June and otherwise would have lost coverage.

The data released today are consistent with estimates from surveys released earlier in the year. Those surveys have shown an increase in the number and percentage of young adults 19 to 25 with health insurance coverage. Specifically, the Census Bureau and the Gallup-Healthways .....
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Ban the Bug: Give the gift of protection from influenza for the holidays

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the upcoming holidays: protection from influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting influenza - or spreading it to ..... 
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State awards grants to build local capacity for addressing health hazards in homes

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded grants totaling $250,000 to seven local health agencies to develop and implement programs that address health hazards frequently found in homes; hazards such as lead, radon and other indoor air pollutan ..... 
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Free cholesterol and glucose screening offered at Breakfast with Santa

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) was recently awarded a $27,000 grant from the UCare Fund. The goal of the grant is to reduce obesity-related diseases by targeting the risk factors of nutrition, physical activity, and access to preventative care ..... 
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Ban the Bug: Give the gift of protection from influenza for the holidays

Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Health officials say influenza vaccination needs repeating every year

It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the upcoming holidays: protection from influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, y ..... 
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Project Get Outdoors has new leadership and launches new website

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Project Get Outdoors is getting kids outdoors in southern Minnesota! Project GO clubs in several communities are making it possible for kids to experience nature by bringing together volunteers, local resources and green spaces so that kids can get ..... 
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American Cancer Society's Relay for Life kicks off by giving back!

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The American Cancer Society's Fillmore County Relay For Life will be putting on a Kick-Off Breakfast November 13 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Preston Servicemen's Club.

Tickets will be $7.00 with the exception of children under three, w ..... 
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Flu vaccine appointments available

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Influenza is a common disease that can be serious and even life threatening. Despite recent research study concerns about the effectiveness of influenza vaccine, it is still the most useful tool we have to protect people from becoming ill. Influenza ..... 
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AgStar Fund announces nearly $100,000 in grants to emergency services teams in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently announced $99,919 in grants through their Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant Program. This program awards grants up to $2,500 towards funding ..... 
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