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CDC: Severe flu season possible

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta released the following statement today, noting that early data suggests a potentially severe flu season this winter: Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges immediate vaccination for anyone still unvaccinated this [...]

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ER Wait Watcher: Which ER will see you the fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals [...]

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Typhoon Haiyan relief drive Saturday

The devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines will be with us for a long time. Talented local people such as Drs. Katherine Gabon Cadacio and Bill King are traveling to the hardest hit regions (click here to read story)of the island nation to volunteer their services. The following announces information on a relief drive [...]

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Consumer Watchdog Asks All Health Insurers To Give 90 Day Reprieve On Cancellations

Consumer Watchdog issued the following release today, in reaction to the action by Blue Shield of California that it is delaying its cancellation of individual-market health policies for 90 days: In response to the news that Blue Shield is delaying its cancellation of policies for 90 days, following a demand by the Department of Insurance, [...]

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Medicare premiums and deductibles holding steady for 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the 2014 Medicare Part B premium will remain $104.90 per month, the same as in 2013, as will the Part B deductible at $147, according to Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center. The news that Medicare premiums and deductibles are virtually unchanged is welcome [...]

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