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US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years - Business Insider

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama's law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday.

The growth of 5.8 percent in 2015 boosted total health care spending to $3.2 trillion. That's an average of $9,990 per person, although the vast share of that money is spent caring for the sickest patients.

Health spending grew about 2 percentage points faster than the overall economy in 2015, said the report from nonpartisan economic experts at the Department of Health and Human Services. That's a problem because it makes it harder for government programs, employers, and individuals to afford the level of health care that Americans are used to having.

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Body Moves Fitness and Wellness Center

Let your mind fly toward, “what if?”. Let your “what if” become “why not?”.
Then you’re on your way. 

… Ernie Larsen and Carole Larsen

Body MovesWelcome to Body Moves Fitness and Wellness Center!

We are a privately owned fitness studio in Coralville, Iowa that offers fitness classes and programs to help you meet your exercise wants and needs. Whether you are an elite athlete, a die-hard Zumba fan, a yogi, an accomplished dancer, or a wanna-be dancer – whether you are starting to think about training for a 5K, or one who claims yourself to be totally out of shape . . . we have classes, special events, instructors, and a movement space dedicated for you. Every level of fitness and age and both genders are welcome. Check us out!  

Free classTry ONE CLASS ON US!!     Your first class with us is complementary! Choose from any class listed on the schedule. Come a few minutes early to fill out paperwork before the new experience!

We are a one-of-a-kind fitness studio in all of Eastern Iowa. The reasons for this special mark are based on our mission and core values. Take a look – - -

Everything that we offer to you is based on our Mission:

“. . . to provide quality education and quality space for the study and the joy of body movement forms that enhance the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of health, fitness, and wellness”.

Each class you take at Body Moves Fitness and Wellness Center not only focuses on the physical dimension of health, but also other dimensions. As compared to other fitness venues, you will experience your classes differently, more completely at our studio. You will leave your classes with a greater sense of personal strength, wellness and joy.

We look forward to helping you meet your fitness needs and goals as a student of exercise at Body Moves Fitness and Wellness Center!

In health and wellness,

Beth Pelton
Owner, Body Moves Fitness and Wellness Center

Clock Tower Plaza
1801 2nd St., Suite 250
Coralville, Iowa 52241
319-337-4777
info@fitnessatbodymoves.com

 

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Twin Image Salon Spa

Twin Image LogoTwin Image is a multi-award winning spa, offering a wide range of services that all begin with a consultation from an employee. It is an Aveda Lifestyle Spa, meaning it uses natural, plant-based Aveda products and treatments.

Services

  • Hair
  • Nail Care
  • Pedicure
  • Waxing
  • Facials
  • Make-up
  • Lash
  • Spa/Massage
  • Vichy Spa Treatment
  • Packages
  • Spray Tanning Service
  • Auto Spa

Hours

mon: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
tues - thurs: 9:00am - 8:00 pm
fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Twin Image Salon Spa
121 West Benton Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52246
(319) 338-2198

 


How much screen time is right for your kids?

From iPad screen time to hours of watching TV, children are consuming media from an early age. To keep up with fast-changing technology in the digital era, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for digital media use by young children.

The recommendations vary by age group, and include the following advice:

0-5 years old

  • For children younger than 24 months, avoid any digital media use with the exception of video-chatting
  • For children 18 to 24 months of age, you can introduce digital media, but use it together with your child and avoid allowing the child to consume it alone
  • For children 2 to 5 years old, limit screen time to one hour per day of high-quality programming; watch with your children and help them understand what they are seeing how to apply it  
  • No screen time one hour before bedtime
  • Avoid using screen time as the only method to soothe the child (the concern is that the child might not develop the ability to regulate emotion on their own)
  • Avoid fast-paced programs or apps with distracting or violent content
  • Monitor children’s media content; test apps before using them and ask the child what he or she thinks about the app
  • Bedrooms, meal times and playtimes with parents should be screen-free for both parents and child

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600,000 Veterans May Go Without Health Insurance Next Year: Report - NBC News

More than 600,000 veterans will go without health insurance next year unless 19 states stop holding out against expanding Medicaid, researchers said Wednesday.

Even with Medicaid expansion, hundreds of thousands of vets are going to go without a way to pay for medical care, the report from the left-leaning Urban Institute finds.

But 327,000 of those who will go without health insurance live in the 19 states -- all with Republican governors -- that have not expanded Medicaid, the researchers said.

It finds more than 120,000 of these fall into the so-called "Medicaid gap" — they are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, but they make too much money to qualify for federal subsidies to buy health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.

And they don't all get or qualify for care by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Some uninsured veterans may qualify for VA care, but not all take up the available coverage or meet the eligibility requirements, which are based on service-connected disability status, veteran discharge status, income, and other factors," the report reads.

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Obamacare is in 'slow motion death spiral' - Business Insider

It has not been a good week for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.

A slew of news, from insurers dropping out to possible fraud among healthcare providers, has all accumulated in a deluge of negative headlines for one of President Obama's signature law.

In fact, it's gotten so bad that it appears that the whole program itself may be in doubt.

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This State May Ditch Obamacare for Single-Payer Healthcare This November -- The Motley Fool

President Obama's signature health reform law, the Affordable Care Act -- which you probably know as "Obamacare" -- has been controversial and generally disliked by about half of Americans since it was signed into law in March 2010.

The Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll has been closely monitoring the public's sentiment toward Obamacare on a near-monthly basis since it was signed into law. You can essentially count on two hands how many months over the past six years the general public had a "favorable" view on the law.

Although Obamacare enrolled about 12.7 million people through its marketplace exchanges in 2016, and a nearly equal number of lower-income individuals and families have gained medical coverage through the expansion of Medicaid in 31 states, the program's long-term survival is still in question, with premium prices looking as if they could soar by a double-digit percentage in 2017. Another analysis conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a weighted average increase of 11% could be in store, based on the price of the lowest-cost silver plan in 2016 compared to 2017.

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FDA Proposes Guidelines To Reduce Salt In Restaurants And Packaged Food : HEALTH : Tech Times

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft guidance to reduce salt content in restaurants and packaged food.

The said proposal gives practical and voluntary salt restriction goals for the food industry. Specifically, it aims to decrease the daily salt consumption of Americans to 2,300 milligrams (0.08 ounce), as this is the amount recommended by experts and numerous scientific studies. At present, the daily average salt intake of Americans is said to be about 3,400 milligrams (0.12 ounce).

via www.techtimes.com