“I started in the district in 2003 and it’s been a big change,” said Lesli Navarro, the cafeteria manager at Peoria Elementary School. “Before the food was really greasy. The way we cook now is much healthier. Some of the items we used to cook were really, really greasy.”
Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of contact sports
What they pay is tied to the price of coverage on the health insurance markets created by the Obama-era law, but these consumers get no protection from the law’s tax credits, which cushion against rising premiums. Instead they pay full freight and bear the brunt of market problems such as high costs and diminished competition
“Judging effectiveness by the amount of money spent, and not the results achieved, is irresponsible and unhelpful to the American people,” HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said in a statement. “During the upcoming enrollment period, navigators will be funded in proportion to their performance.”
“The current mandate is unpopular, but for the time being it is perhaps the most important incentive for healthy people to enroll in coverage,” they wrote to House and Senate leaders of both parties. Experts concur that keeping younger, healthier people in the insurance pool protects against costs ballooning out of control.
“The Marketplace provides vital health care coverage to more than 10.3 million Americans and we want to be a resource for consumers left without options,” she said in a statement. “Our decision to offer coverage in the bare counties speaks to our mission and commitment to the Marketplace and serving those who are in need of health care coverage.”
Panera said the new cups will be available in eight cities this week, including New York, Chicago and St. Louis. They will be in all the chain’s more than 2,000 locations by the middle of September.
“Quality is not just meeting government requirements. It’s also having high engagement and a sense of community,” said Jacqueline Angel, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who has researched Hispanics and aging.
Mahon said analysis of 106,000 patients in the pilot program showed a 38 percent reduction in hospitalizations and a 40 percent reduction in emergency room visits, compared to a control group. The program is scheduled to take effect nationwide on Sept. 1 for Express Scripts members whose employer or health insurer has enrolled to participate.
A White House spokesman said “the August payment will be made,” insisting on anonymity to discuss the decision ahead of the official announcement. The so-called “cost-sharing” subsidies total about $7 billion this year and are considered vital to guarantee stability for consumers who buy their own individual health insurance policies.