Health insurance marketplaces are not for seniors

While the Obama administration is encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage on the new online insurance marketplaces, federal officials are planning a campaign to persuade millions of seniors to please stay away — don’t call and don’t sign up. “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are […]

Mississippi can try for federal-state health exchange, HHS says

JACKSON, Miss. –  After blocking Mississippi’s proposal for a state-run health insurance exchange because of divisions among state leaders on the plan, federal officials said Friday that they’re encouraging the state to seek approval for a partnership — an exchange jointly run by the state and federal governments. “The work your Insurance Department has done […]

Cuomo Declares Public Health Emergency Over Flu Outbreak

With the nation in the grip of a severe influenza outbreak that has seen deaths reach epidemic levels, New York State declared a public health emergency on Saturday, making access to vaccines more easily available. There have been nearly 20,000 cases of flu reported across the state so far this season, officials said. Last season, […]

Health officials warn of new fungal infections

Tainted steroids have been linked to 490 cases of fungal meningitis in 19 states, including 34 deaths. Dr. Marion Kainer with the Tennessee Department of Health addresses a news conference about an outbreak of fungal meningitis infections.(Photo: Shelley Mays, The Tennessean file) Story Highlights Infections at injection site have been noticed in Michigan, Tennessee meningitis […]