Harrisburg, PA -- Governor Tom Wolf is urging Congress to take action to preserve Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies to ensure that individuals and families who were eligible for this important subsidy may continue to obtain health care.
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.
How we think affects how we behave. Our bad habits and behaviors are linked to our thinking patterns and our emotional wellbeing. Overindulgent habits such as alcohol, nicotine, laziness, overeating, habitual lying and negative attitude are all expressions of our emotional status. Stress and anxiety is often worn on the sleeve manifest as our behaviors.
Going for a bike ride is a fun yet potentially risky way to exercise outdoors. While it benefits you physically, it’s important to remember to stay cautious as falls and collisions with pedestrians or automobiles have the ability to cause significant injuries.
As we already know, physical health and mental health have been components today, presented mostly in young people caused by stress, problems at home, among others. But despite that, what happens when we neglect physical health?
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.
In an era where everyone seems to be discussing mental health, it may be time for each of us to do a self inventory. So many of us relate to the faces of depression, the sad, expressionless, apathetic masks worn by so many suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). However, many of us face the day with a smile, a sustainable routine and attend to all of our daily needs, including work, children, and other needed obligations. Does this mean we are NOT depressed? Or just not “ happy”, “ satisfied” or is this just considered being “content”?
I want to promote a healthy relationship between physicians and the community. I believe prevention is many times the best treatment and building a life with healthy habits is the best way to achieve that.
Opioid addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment and the individual