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Walking for an Active Lifestyle

Simple walking can improve our overall health. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the number one killer in America. Research shows that walking as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce our risk by 40 percent. Sounds like a good reason to start taking some extra steps to me. MindBodyGreen posts a fun article on why you should walk as well as how to get the most out of your walk. Many have heard that Americans are some of the most lazy in the world and we are known for our fast food and lack …

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Maryland Small Businesses to Face New Regulation

In Maryland it is not just group health insurance premiums that are rising. A new regulation took effect on June 1st for Maryland small businesses that increase’s their stop-loss on self-funded employer sponsored insurance plans. Small businesses under 50 employees do not have to provide health insurance for their employees, but many still do. A self-funded plan allows a company to offer their employees benefits without having the larger expense of a traditional group insurance plan. Although, the new regulation raises the amount an employer must pay towards an individual’s health claim from $10,000 to $22,500 before the stop-loss insurance kicks in. With this regulation …

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Wellness Wednesday: Quinoa!

Pronounced keen-waa or if you are like me Quin-O-A when I first saw the word at a restaurant. This little grain comes from South America and is packed with protein. The texture is a cross between a bean and rice and has been called a “Superfood”, which is really just a marketing term to describe foods that have a punch of nutritional value. After cooking these amazing little seeds of nutrition they can be served in multiple different ways and I’ll share a recipe with you on Saturday. Consider implementing Quinoa into your diet a few times a week as it’s loaded …

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Investors See No Threat From King vs. Burwell

Last Friday Reuters posted an interesting take on the Supreme Court case King vs. Burwell titled “Healthcare Investors see no real threat from Supreme Court.” In recent weeks healthcare stocks have been rising with the anticipated ruling. The article states that, “a negative ruling for Obamacare could result in an immediate selloff of healthcare stocks, but it will be short lived.” Keep in mind that the ruling will only effect those that are receiving government assistance for their health premiums enrolled through Healthcare.gov. This provides some security to investors knowing that a large amount of Americans will not have any disruption in …

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Obamacare Brings About Revelation

The Galen Institute was founded by Grace-Marie Turner in 1995 to promote a conversation over free-market ideas in the health sector. Grace-Marie wrote earlier this week that Obamacare is working to an extent, but it is still far from affordable for most. She quotes, “39 percent favor the law and 54 percent oppose it.” With 32 changes already having been made to the law the next big change that could take place is the King vs. Burwell case.  With the decision to be made towards the end of this month Americans do not want this to disrupt their coverage, but rather open …

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Individual Health Plan Enrollment up for Small Business

Individual health plan enrollment is up in California! Many small businesses in California choose to let their employees get coverage through California’s health marketplace, Covered California. With the rising cost of group health plans it is both cost effective for employees and employers to allow individuals to choose a plan from the marketplace. Many of the individuals will not only be able to choose a plan of their choice away from the typical A, B, or C choice a group plan offers, but there is also a possibility to receive a tax subsidy to help with the cost. The ACA mandates …

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