She is a health analyst with NerdWallet, based in San Francisco. There is a lot of confusion around health care, but there doesnt have to be. In a city like New York, many young people work as artists, writers, photographers, and freelancers and the tax subsidies may be particularly relevant. Almost half of young adults, defined as people aged 1834, can get health coverage for less than $50 per month, according to Pratini. About 60 percent of them can pay less than $100 per month for coverage, she said. Her company did a study. We found that the average subsidy for an uninsured young adult is $142 in California and $223 in New York, she wrote in an email. Nudge, not Punishment The individual mandate is meant to be a nudge, not a punishment. Uncle Sam wants you to have skin in the game.
Health department services to resume in Lake Placid
Go to section Problems with the online federal health insurance marketplace have forced health insurers in Wisconsin to make thousands of time-consuming fixes in recent months, and new problems continue to emerge, according to the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. As recently as this week, incorrect information for a rural area of the state was being displayed on the healthcare.gov website, said Dan Schwartzer, deputy state insurance commissioner. With the March 31 deadline approaching for people to sign up for coverage on the marketplace, the state agency is encouraging consumers to double-check the status of their health insurance. Among the problems with the marketplace that have had to be addressed: In one case involving a single insurer, 3,000 consumers signed up for a plan with a $2,000 deductible that was listed on the website as having no deductible, Schwartzer said. The error occurred about a month and a half ago, he said, and has since been corrected. In another case, about 500 people bought a health plan that was not available in their county, Schwartzer said. That glitch happened because a ZIP code straddled three counties, but the plan was available in only one of them, said Marty Anderson, director of consumer marketing for Security Health Plan in Marshfield. The health insurer contacted the people and they were allowed to switch to a different plan.
Problems still plague online federal health insurance marketplace
"The Florida Department of Health in Highlands County has been in discussion with Central Florida Health Care for the provision of primary care services at the Lake Placid site," according to the health department. "The presence of Central Florida Healthcare in Avon Park has addressed accessibility to dental and medical needs for those accessing services." At Monday's Lake Placid Town Council Meeting, after two citizens spoke out against the discontinuation of medical and dental services in Lake Placid, the town council wondered why it wasn't informed of the decision. The Highlands County School Board, at its Tuesday meeting, also spoke out against the cut in services in Lake Placid. Both the town council and school board approved resolutions asking the health department and county commission to reexamine the cuts in services. Highlands County Commissioner Jack Richie said Friday that he called for a meeting between the county and health department's staffs, which was held Thursday afternoon. Highlands Health Department Administrator Mary Kay Burns and School Board Vice Chairman Bill Brantley were among those who attended the meeting. Richie said, "It's going to be a major good thing for the community." Central Florida Health Care will start providing services in Lake Placid in one or two months, he said, but until then, the Health Department will reopen in Lake Placid to provide services one day per week. "The federal government will end up running the operation in there, which will actually improve the good job that the state was doing," Richie said.
It was very politically charged and it left a sour taste around the idea of clean tech, Hunter said in an interview. Newell compared using Common Assets to opening up an e-trade account. The Common Assets investment platform is designed to appeal to investors with both large and small amounts of capital who want to invest in the renewable energy industry. The company said details about the size of minimum investments and who can qualify as an investor will be disclosed when the offering documents are released. Individual investors can begin using the platform in June of this year. Reaching out to smaller investors is not new for the solar industry.
Baron Capital has been buying up stock and now owns 24 per cent of all the United shares that were sold by the Glazer family in 2012, though that still only represents 2.5 per cent of the club. Analysts believe the accumulation of shares reflects the firm viewing United as a good long-term investment, rather than Baron Capital making any bid to secure a controlling interest in the club. The Glazer family only released 10 per cent of the club on to the stock market - they still retain 90 per cent and control the vast majority of votes. Nevertheless, Baron Capital's actions explain why the share price has been slowly rising despite the club's struggles on the pitch. This has also been fuelled by expectation of an announcement of a new Nike kit deal worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Baron Capital's United shareholding was confirmed in a securities and exchange commission filing on the Manchester United investor relations website. It says Baron Capital now owns 9,581,636 shares, which were The Elevation Group worth 90m at the close of the market on Monday.
US investment firm snaps up United shares on NY Stock Exchange
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So, even for individuals going on a healthy diet, the body responds as if it is fighting off starvation. TRADITIONAL TREATMENT Unfortunately, there are very few resources for overweight teens. Currently, most clinicians do nothing until the teen is obese, but were trying to move toward a model where we dont wait until the person is behind the eightball, says Ochner. Our teen program shifts the model toward empowering them to set proper goals for their diet and exercise. Goal setting is the main tool for helping them form healthy eating and physical activity habits. Some researchers have found that teens dont respond well to the normal diet advice to count calories and cut calories. Instead of giving a ton of nutritional advice, we ask teens, What do you think your biggest culprit might be in terms of eating? And they know what it is: sitting down with a whole bag of chips, or eating a gallon of ice cream every few days, says Ochner. Then we ask, What would you like to improve in your eating habits? We want them to have specific and measurable goals: to substitute something healthy, or to eat a little less of something unhealthy. Each teen also makes his or her own exercise plan.
The end of obesity, sort of
Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade reported The New York Times, further explaining that the drop offered the first clear evidence that Americas youngest children have turned a corner in the obesity epidemic. The Washington Post reported that the data provided another encouraging sign in the fight against one of the countrys leading public health problems, but didnt mention the sample size. And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted the New York Times coverage, calling the decline stunning. The Philadelphia Inquirer trumpeted the drop with a misleading headline : Obesity Rate Shows Signs of Leveling Off, though the body of the article read much more pessimistically, quoting the studys author in the third graf, saying her data showed no change in youth or adults. So much for leveling off. The press releases for the study make it a bit clearer how one small statistic came to dominate the story of the newly released data. The JAMA press release (find it here ) gives a thorough summary of the findings, titled Obesity Prevalance Remains High in U.S.; No Significant Change in Recent Years. But a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provided the data for the study, has a more uplifting messagestarting with its title: New CDC data show encouraging development in obesity rates among 2 to 5 year olds. (Read the whole thing here .) Though the CDC release says that the precise reasons for the drop in obesity are not clear, it follows up the statement with some encouraging quotes about government-run obesity prevention programs. Weve also seen signs from communities around the country with obesity prevention programs, CDC Director Tom Frieden says in the release. This confirms that at least for kids, we can turn the tide and begin to reverse the obesity epidemic. The release continues with a quote from Michelle Obama, celebrating the Lets Move anniversary: Healthier habits are beginning to become the new norm. CDCs press releases include the data and also provide perspective on broader issues, wrote Karen Hunter, a senior press officer with the CDC, when I emailed her asking about the difference in the releases. She also wrote that the JAMA release focused solely on the science. The connection to Lets Move wasnt an accident; the news tied in well with the First Ladys events this week marking the 4th anniversary of Lets Move, wrote Hunter.
It is a combination that she says is "deadly." 'Kids should get 60 minutes of exercise a day' What's more alarming is the pervasiveness of the problem among the world's youth. From the WHO report: Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. The prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. Globally, in 2010 the number of overweight children under the age of five, is estimated to be over 42 million. Close to 35 million of these are living in developing countries.
Stock Market Today: Foot Locker Laces Up and Big Lots Gets Smaller
I monitor 44 global stock markets on a daily basis, as I track investments in my Global Gains Investment Program at my firm Global Guru Capital . Doing so allows me to shift money into the best-performing markets in the world -- no matter where they may be. With that, here are four top-performing global stock markets that have generated at least double-digit percentage gains in 2014. 1. Market Vectors Egypt (EGPT) - up 20.18% The Rothchilds family famously advised: "It's best to invest when there is blood in the streets." By that standard, Egypt is the place to be. The country's economy has been racked by political unrest ever since the "Arab Spring" ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak three years ago. The most recent protests focused on the ousted President Mohammed Morsi. At the same time, the news is improving.
Stock Market Fear is Tapering, Greed is Back
Equities have beaten the performance of bonds ( TLT ) by 7.64% over the last 20 trading days. Thats the strongest performance for stocks relative to bonds over the past two years. Its also a signal that investors have rotated away from the relative safety of bonds ( BOND ) into stocks. AUDIO: Is this the Weakest Bull Market in History? Its a good time to remember Warren Buffetts classic rule:Be fearful when the elevation group others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. But never mind that, because this time is different, right? The S&P 500s ( VOO ) 60-month advance has lifted the index by around 177%. By comparison, the average bull market since 1921 has risen roughly 180% and lasted just 62 months.
Profit spiked by 19% and beat estimates, coming in at $0.81 a share. Sales grew 4.6% to $1.79 billion as the shoe seller managed what few other retailers could over the holidays: a healthy 5% rise in comparable-store sales. Notably, profit margin also remained at a record high for the company, which means that it didn't have to slash prices to keep customer traffic humming. Foot Locker management expects to add to that momentum with new initiatives in the short term like its children's business and shop-in-shop concepts, and a European expansion is in the cards for the longer term. Big Lots this morning booked a rough, but still better than expected, 6% drop in sales for its fiscal fourth quarter. Revenue came in at $1.64 billion, slightly ahead of the $1.61 billion that Wall Street expected. Earnings were even with expectations at $1.39 a share. The closeout retailer saw comparable-store sales shrink by an unfortunate 3%.