Navigators help uninsured Tennesseans choose health coverage on the individual marketplace. The federal government plans to cut funding for that program for the second year in a row. The Trump Administration argues the program has been successful, and fewer people need the help. Health insurance advocates say it's too soon to consider navigators obsolete.
In this edition of HealthConnections, Community Health Council chair Lara Fleming and Knox County Health Department's Erin Read stop by to tell Dr. Carole Myers about the upcoming community health assessment, what they plan to study for the next assessment, due in 2019, and the council’s work.
Two weeks ago, we explored questions about the present and future of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. In this edition of HealthConnections, we continue the conversation with a focus on Medicare.
In the past year Republicans on Capitol Hill have tried three times to repeal, replace or repair the Affordable Care Act. The issue has largely dropped off the front page, and doesn’t get as much public attention as it did last year. But proposals that would affect the ACA and Medicaid haven’t gone away.
June is Alzheimer's and Brain Disease Awareness Month. While you are likely quite aware of Alzheimer's, you may not know how it works, what sets its effects apart from other neurological issues, or even its departure from normal aging processes.
The internet is riven throughout with misinformation. Some of it is malicious. Much of it is rumor, hearsay, misinterpretation or otherwise well-meaning but still inaccurate. Regardless of the motive, bad information is bad information. When it comes to your health, or that of your family, that misinformation can lead to bad outcomes.
The number-one cause of death for American teenagers is accidents. But the second-highest cause isn't violent crime, or drug overdoses, or severe illness. It's suicide. In this edition of HealthConnections, Dr. Carole Myers and WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth explore the causes, warning signs and prevention of teen suicide.
When medical researchers plot health statistics on a map, patterns begin to emerge. Those patterns can show where diseases are most common, or point to connections between geography and health. Some of those maps display some disturbing patterns in the thirteen-state Appalachian region.
On a personal level, we all understand the connection between health and economics. If you're sick, you can't work. If you can't work, it's hard to earn a living. Now, let's zoom out to the regional level, or even the whole country: Is a healthy population a necessary component of a healthy economy?