Health Experts Warn COVID-19 Cases May Rise Due to New BA.2 Variant
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Health Experts Warn COVID-19 Cases May Rise Due to New BA.2 Variant

COVID-19 cases have trended down in the United States­ since a peak of infections in January 2022, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now, health experts warn of a potential uptick of infections in the coming months due to the emergence of BA.2—a new variant of Omicron, which was the leading…

Transparency in Health Coverage
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Transparency in Health Coverage

New transparency in coverage requirements apply to group health plans and health insurers in the individual and group markets. These rules require plans and issuers to disclose certain price and cost information to participants, beneficiaries and enrollees. These provisions only apply to non-grandfathered coverage, including both insured and self-insured group health plan sponsors. The requirements…

FDA Authorizes Fourth Pfizer and Moderna Vaccine Doses for Individuals Aged 50 and Older and Immunocompromised
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FDA Authorizes Fourth Pfizer and Moderna Vaccine Doses for Individuals Aged 50 and Older and Immunocompromised

On Tuesday, March 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a second booster dose of two COVID-19 vaccines for people aged 50 and older and individuals who are immunocompromised. The new boosters could be administered four months after the first booster dose. Current vaccine evidence suggests some waning of protection over time against serious…

Telehealth Coverage for HDHPs Extended
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Telehealth Coverage for HDHPs Extended

A spending bill signed into law on March 15, 2022, extends the ability of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) to provide benefits for telehealth or other remote care services before plan deductibles have been met without jeopardizing health savings account (HSA) eligibility. This extension applies to any telehealth services from April 2022 through the end of…

Managing Chronic Conditions
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Managing Chronic Conditions

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 in 10 adults have a chronic disease—and 4 in 10 have two or more. Major chronic diseases in America include heart disease, cancer and diabetes. If you’re coping with a chronic condition, you can take charge and manage it with these strategies: Study your chronic disease. The more…

CDC Loosens Mask-wearing Guidance for Most of U.S. Population
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CDC Loosens Mask-wearing Guidance for Most of U.S. Population

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updates to its mask-wearing recommendations, loosening guidance for a majority of the U.S. population. The CDC provides COVID-19 Community Levels as a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. These levels can be low, medium or high…

Pandemic Disrupted 30% of Health Care Visits for Patients Aged 50 and Older
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Pandemic Disrupted 30% of Health Care Visits for Patients Aged 50 and Older

Approximately 1 in 3 Americans aged 50 and older canceled health appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, according to a recent study from Michigan Medicine’s National Poll on Healthy Aging. Canceled appointments included those for both medical and dental reasons, such as blood tests or teeth cleanings. As of January 2022, most Americans aged…