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Nationwide, health insurance participation in the Affordable Care Act’s individual market is growing and increased competition is helping drive down consumer premiums.    In Pennsylvania, UPMC Health Plan is one of eight health insurance providers offering affordable coverage options to more than  400,000 enrollees in 2022.  Through the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period that ran from February 2021 to August 2021 and thanks to temporary premium subsidies provided through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Commonwealth has enrolled more Pennsylvanians in affordable coverage than ever before.
Harrisburg, PA - Following the approval of two vaccines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Health says vaccine providers across the state are prepared to begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations for children six months and older beginning early next week.
Through the We Are Lebanon, PA. platform Erik Soulliard had an interview with Mike Kocher, Vice President of Communications at Align Life Ministries. The interview seeks to take a deeper look into the topic of abortion that goes beyond politics and focuses on the lives of individuals who are affected by the change that this could bring to families in Pennsylvania and Nationwide.
Lebanon, PA- Welcome to this new column on Integrative Health Care. You may also have heard of it by other names, such as Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CAM) or Holistic Health. This has been my passion for many years, even though I worked in the nursing field in traditional medicine all my life. Let me start by explaining what Complementary and Alternative Medicine is. Complementary Health Techniques (not the alternative ones) are used along with your traditional medical care, which is often medication, surgery, or physical therapy.
One of the ways I’ve coped with the COVID-19 pandemic is by looking for the few-and-far-between “silver linings” that have resulted from the event. One such potential silver lining is a lessening of the stigma associated with mental health challenges. Stigma has long plagued seeking, getting access to, and receiving services to help with mental health challenges – everything from seeking short-term counseling for temporarily increased levels of stress and distress to psychiatric treatment for mental health disorders like mood disorders (including depression), anxiety disorders, and addiction.