Health in the News
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Date: February 17, 2015 — President Obama Reports That 11.4 Million Americans Now Have Health Insurance
As of Sunday, February 15th, 2015, officially 11.4 million Americans have enrolled in either private health insurance plans or renewed their coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. This enrollment period was the most successful since the beginning of the ACA health law. Administration predicts that the numbers will increase next week when technical problems become resolved within the insurance marketplaces and health exchanges. Many participants cited the threat of tax penalties as a reason for enrolling in insurance plans.
Date: February 9, 2015 — Update — 121 Cases of Measles Diagnosed in the United States
The number of measles cases has reached 121 patients in 17 states and Washington D.C. About 85 percent of the cases (103) are attributed to the Southern California outbreak at the Disneyland theme parks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the majority of cases are non-vaccinated individuals. There have been two cases reported in the state of New York. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information about the virus and recent outbreak.
Date: February 8, 2015 — New York City Mayor Plans to Improve Emergency Medical Response Times
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will provide the New York Fire Department with additional funding in order to increase the ambulance emergency response times in the city. The funding will be used to add 45 ambulance shifts and 129 more Emergency Medical Service (EMS) dispatchers. In 2014, the average response time was 6 minutes and 50 seconds; the new goal for 2015 is predicted to be 6 minutes and 30 seconds.