Obamacare or the new Affordable Care Act has managed to stay in news for the last 6 months. As the deadline, March 31st, for signing up under the new Act fast approaches; the debate has gotten even more intensified. It won’t be harsh to admit that the government started with an unrealistic target. It was at first estimated that Obamacare will receive more than 6 million sign ups and most of them will come from young individuals and hence the risk factor for the new Act will be greatly minimized. Later on the government realized that 7 million is a surreal figure and hence they revised the target to 6 million sign ups. But even with this new and revised target, Obamacare is facing troubles.
According to the latest reports, only 4 million people have signed up for Obamacare. With less than three weeks left for the deadline to expire, Obama administration is falling short of two million enrollees. What’s even more troubling is that the young American citizens have not shown a considerable support in favor of the new Act, hence the risk factor that the Obama administration ignored now looms at large. Whether the target figure of 6 million signups will be achieved or not is a question that can only be answered after the deadline expires, so for now let’s focus on what Obamacare has to offer. In this article we will discuss some of the positive aspects of the new Affordable Care Act.
- Underwriting banned:
Underwriting is the favorite tool of insurance companies for mitigating the risk factors involved in the insurance business. For those who do not understand the term ‘Underwriting’, it is the practice of denying coverage to anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition. Insurance companies have used the practice of Underwriting extensively and have even denied coverage on natural and harmless conditions such as acne and pregnancy. To some readers the practice of Underwriting will appear as nothing but nonsense and that’s exactly what the government perceived it as. According to the new Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have been barred from denying coverage to anyone based on some pre-existing medical conditions. This is a very welcoming provision of the new act, especially for those who have serious health ailments. Previously it was difficult for cancer survivors to get private health insurance, in most of the cases they had to rely on the last resort insurance providers. Even though you can get insured from a last resort insurance provider but the premium costs that you end up paying are much higher. But from now on insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage to anyone based on his/her medical history.
- Great benefits for women:
The new Affordable Care Act showers a lot of benefits on the fairer sex. According to the new Act, it has been made mandatory for insurance companies to provide full coverage on screening tests related to Cervical Cancer. Considering the fact that Cervical Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women, this provision will definitely help in screening the cancer at an early stage.
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This article is written by Dr Amanda Michells. Dr Amanda works at a hospital in the state of Washington. As a doctor she has seen many patients suffer due to the lack of insurance hence she strongly advises everyone to get themselves covered by major medical insurance.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Drugs recently published a clinical report stating that many of the medications today are safe for breastfeeding. The AAP Committee on Drugs also stated that taking the drugs poses more benefits than the risk of possible harm to the babies. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, mothers are “inappropriately advised”. They are told to either stop breastfeeding when taking medication or not to take medicine when breastfeeding.
Many women are in fact misguided. They decided not to breastfeed their children because they are taking medication. They are worried about the adverse effects of the drugs on their babies. What they do not know is that the benefits of breastfeeding far outweighs the danger of taking medications when breastfeeding. Many of the drugs today are safe for breastfeeding while the benefits of breastfeeding include short and long term health benefits for children. Children who are breastfed, for example, have low risk of infection, asthma and sudden infant death syndrome. Children who are breastfed also grow up healthier.
According to Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, it is difficult to classify which drugs are safe for breastfeeding. This is because it is always a case to case basis. As such, it is a risk benefit decision. What they want to emphasize is that many of the drugs today are safe. More importantly the benefits of breastfeeding are something that every mother should consider. The report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Drugs identified the drugs that may potentially harm breastfed children.
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One in every ten children suffers from stuttering by the time they reach the age of four. These children are quite normal, according to the new Australian study. The study found that children who stutter are as normal as their peers. In fact, the study found that in general they are even better than their non-stuttering counterparts.
The study was led by Sheena Reilly of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Parkville. She concluded that parents of children who stutter should not be worried, “Stuttering onset is relatively common but parents can be reassured that developmental stuttering is not associated with poorer outcome in the preschool years at least.”
The study was conducted using 1,600 children from Melbourne, Australia. The researchers asked the mothers of the children to answer questions concerning their babies from since they were eight months old. The children were then assessed based on language and behavior scale. Speech pathologists identified children with stuttering. Overall, children who stutter scored 2.6 points higher than non-stuttering children on non verbal intelligence. Moreover, the researchers concluded that stuttering may in fact be a sign of advanced or improved language skills. The researchers added that “This is a period in which a child’s motor speech system is challenged to keep pace with the phenomenal rate of language acquisition.” As such, children who stutter try to keep up with the pace.
The study is very helpful in understanding the connection between stuttering and mental development, particularly when it comes to language skills and acquisition. Moreover, it aims to help children who suffer from the stigma of stuttering.
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