Check on the elderly and vulnerable during heat waves

Every year there are numerous heat waves that hit all parts of the country. Sometimes there is extreme heat in the more traditional northern states or cities as well, such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, etc. No matter where you live, anytime the temperature hits 90 or higher or the humidity picks up, be sure to check in with any vulnerable neighborhoods.

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Lower life expectancy for states high in poverty rates

The poor live have a shorter lifespan than middle income Americans or the wealthy. This is what many people may have expected, and it was recently confirmed from a study done by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In fact there have been other research papers done over the years which have also indicated this.

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Food insecurity impacts 42 million individuals

As many as 42 million Americans are food insecure as of 2015, which is the latest data available. The United States Department of Agriculture and Feeding America report on this figure each year. While over 40 million people struggle to get the groceries they need, this is actually a major improvement since as recently as 2009, when 50 million were food insecure.

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Obamacare plan canceled for 2018 or no health insurer in your state?

As we progress throughout 2017 there are an increasing number of health insurance companies that have announced that they will no longer participate in the Obamacare marketplace for the upcoming enrollment period of 2018. In addition to many providers completely withdrawing from the marketplaces, there are many states and counties where families only have one health insurance company to choose from. As has been well reported, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace is contracting. But what should you do now?

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