“This study documents that there are very large differences by education in smoking and physical activity trajectories in middle age, even though many health habits are already set by this stage of the life course,” said author Rachel Margolis, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Western Ontario, in a journal news release. “Health behavior changes are surprisingly common between ages 50 and 75, and the fact that better-educated middle-aged people are more likely to stop smoking, start physical activity, and maintain both of these behaviors over time has important health ramifications,” she added. Her findings involved more than 16,600 people ranging in age from 50 to 75 who participated in the U.S. Health and Retirement Study.
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Nebraska health exchange info now available
“Longer-term, those kinks will get ironed out, more people will get comfortable and in (the next few years) more people will be accessing their health insurance through an exchange of some sort,” he said. ‘RISK-BASED APPROACH’ Aetna signaled last month that it was considering withdrawing some applications because of its purchase of Coventry, which also had filed documents to sell insurance plans on exchanges around the country. “We have taken a prudent risk-based approach to both our overall exposure and exposure within a given marketplace,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said on a conference call with analysts at the time. Since then, it has withdrawn applications in Maryland, Ohio, Georgia, and Connecticut, where it is based.
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Consumers who have individual insurance also will receive information from their carriers about their options before the date they need to renew their plans, said Jessica Henely, a spokeswoman for Coventry Health, also on the exchange. The fourth company is Health Alliance of Urbana, Ill., which did not return a call for comment. Obamacare requires individuals to have coverage that provides 10 essential health benefits, some of which were not included in most previous policies. The essential benefits: outpatient care; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance abuse services; prescription drugs; rehabilitative services; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric dental and vision services. Ramge said he posted the information on the department’s website because Nebraska’s public records law requires such information to be public as soon as it is available. Other states with federally assisted exchanges, including Iowa, are waiting until federal approval of policies on their exchanges.
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