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The State of the Opioid Crisis in Americ...

It’s no secret that the United States is currently undergoing an opioid epidemic. It’s said that more than two million Americans have grown dependant on or abused prescription pain pills or street drugs that have the opioid classification. What are opioids? These are drugs are formulated to recreate the same pain-relieving effects attributed to opium. The term can be used when talking about legal painkillers (morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone) prescribed by doctors as well as illegal drugs like heroin or fentanyl. Out of the 72,000 documented overdose deaths that occurred...

How AI Will Improve Health Care in 2019

More than half of health care professionals anticipate the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) by 2025. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. AI already plays a huge role in the public service, education, banking, and construction sectors, so it makes sense that health care is next on the list. Expect health insurance companies and medical professionals to adopt AI platforms to save time and money while improving the accuracy of claims. Health insurance companies and providers won’t be the only ones to benefit, though. You can expect huge improvements...

Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking Tobacco?

Approximately 10.8 million American adults vape, that’s close to one in 20. Many choose to vape because they believe it’s safer than smoking tobacco, but is that actually true? The Difference Between Vaping and Smoking Tobacco While cigarettes contain tobacco, e-cigarettes ordinarily do not. That’s why so many people assume that vaping is safer. However, tobacco isn’t the only reason smokers get cancer. Cigarettes contain a variety of cancer-causing chemicals, and many of those chemicals are also found in e-cigarettes. Researchers have found a variety of dangerous...

Is Mental Illness Covered by Insurance?

Approximately one in five adults in the United States experience symptoms of mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental illness symptoms are often treatable, but paying out of pocket for medication, therapy, and in some cases, hospitalization, is often impossible. Because of that, you want to know if your insurance policy covers mental health treatment. Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Coverage The Affordable Care Act has transformed mental health coverage. Almost all small group and individual health insurance plans are...

What is the Medicare Buy in Program?

Because of all of the talk surrounding Medicare for All, both Democrats and Republicans hopefuls are having to make it a talking point – or at least their views on the current mandates that surround Medicare and healthcare in America. While Republicans appear to be backing the changes made when Trump took office, Republicans seem to be divided on expanding health insurance coverage via Medicare. To counteract the call for universal coverage, this past month a group of lawmakers reintroduced bills that would allow Americans to buy into the Medicare program at age 50....
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