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5 Facts About Deductibles from

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Factoring in out-of-pocket costs has always been part of buying health insurance, but for the first time now there are a lot of resources to help you better understand your choices at HealthCare. gov. These include new features that allow you to see your total estimated out-of-pocket costs, to search health plans by your preferred provider and to see if your prescription drugs are covered. Read more about how to calculate and prepare for out-of-pocket costs when making your health insurance decisions:

Federal Plain Language Report Card

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Each year, the Center for Plain Language evaluates how well federal agencies comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010. In 2015 the Center graded each department in two categories:

  • Compliance – Does the Department fulfill the administrative requirements of the Plain Writing Act of 2010?
  • Writing & Information Design – Do writing samples consistently demonstrate plain writing principles (for example, clear style and organization and effective visual elements) to make documents easier to read and understand?

To see the full report card, please visit:

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Are you travelling with your pet this week? Does your dog like to “clean” your kitchen floor as you cook? The American Veterinary Medical Association has tips for keeping your pets’ safe.

Thanksgiving Pet Safety (AVMA):


Share your family health history on Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Thanksgiving is National Family History Day. Take time around the dinner table to learn about your family’s health history with these resources.

Creating a Family History (NIHSeniorHealth):

My Family Health Portrait (Surgeon General):

Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men’s Risk for Heart Failure

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

A recent news item in MedlinePlus highlights a study linking two servings a day of sugary drinks to increased risk of heart failure.


Check out the Heart Diseases – Prevention health topic page on MedlinePlus for tips to improve heart health:

Use of Complementary Health Approaches in the U.S.

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Using results from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has developed trend reports for how, why and to what extent Americans are using complementary health approaches.

NCCIH’s website includes shareable infographics on trends and most used practices and supplements:


National Diabetes Month Social Media Toolkit

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The National Eye Health Education Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces a new resource. National Diabetes Month Social Media Toolkit. November is National Diabetes Month. This toolkit provides social media messages, infographics, videos, and other resources to engage key audiences. Learn more:

No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy

Monday, October 26th, 2015

New statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new warning to women of childbearing age.

Although there have been studies that have hinted that a little alcohol might be harmless during pregnancy, a leading U.S. pediatricians’ group has issued a new warning that no amount of drinking is safe while pregnant.

It published its new statement in part to update health workers and the public.

“The only guarantee of having no effects from alcohol is no prenatal alcohol exposure,” said Dr. Janet Williams, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and co-author of the new statement and report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The AAP’s statement “is an important stand to take, and hopefully it will lead to less stigma associated with [fetal alcohol spectrum disorders] and to more access to and uptake of prevention and treatment services.”

To read the complete report the source is : Janet Williams, M.D., professor, pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Janni Niclasen, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Christina Chambers, Ph.D.,M.P.H., professor, pediatrics, Center for Better Beginnings, University of California, San Diego; November 2015, Pediatrics

Vaccination: Who Should Do It, Who Should Not and Who Should Take Precautions

Monday, October 26th, 2015

This information from the CDC can help you answer your questions about flu vaccines. This page lists all the people recommended to get the flu vaccine, who can and can’t get the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine and who should take precautions or talk to their doctor or other health care professional before vaccination.

Use this information to talk to start a conversation with your doctor or nurse about any questions you may have about which flu vaccines are best for you and your family.






Protecting Your Health Information at

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The third year of Open Enrollment begins on November 1st. The website has launched a new privacy manager and are supporting the Do Not Track browser setting for their digital advertising. They also have a new privacy notice to learn more about these tools and to understand the steps taken to protect your privacy: