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Don’t Eat Gravy While Working Graveyard – Night Shift Nutrition Tips

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Don’t Eat Gravy While Working Graveyard – Night Shift Nutrition Tips

By Monica Reinagel, M.S., L.D./N.– According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more Americans are working nights than ever before. Although some people seem to be able to adapt more easily to night shift work, humans are clearly diurnal animals, designed to be active when it’s light and to sleep when it’s dark. Inverting this […]

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With High Deductible Health Insurance, It Pays To Shop Around For Care

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With High Deductible Health Insurance, It Pays To Shop Around For Care

By MICHELLE ANDREWS, KHN— When Maria and Vadim Brodsky’s then 7-year-old daughter needed an MRI two years ago to examine a tumor in her head, they took her to a hospital in their health insurance plan’s network and were dismayed to receive a $4,500 bill. The couple had a $6,000 deductible on their family health insurance […]

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Income, Age Key Factors in Retirement Funding Expectations

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Income, Age Key Factors in Retirement Funding Expectations

By JEFFREY M. JONES, Gallup— Non-retired Americans’ expectations about which sources they will rely on to fund their retirement differ significantly by their annual household income. Upper-income non-retirees are much more likely to say investments, such as a 401(k), IRA and other retirement savings accounts or individual stock investments, and work-sponsored pension plans will be […]

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For U.S. Workers, Lack Of Exercise Most Linked To Obesity

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For U.S. Workers, Lack Of Exercise Most Linked To Obesity

By ALYSSA BROWN and KYLEY MCGEENEY, Gallup— For U.S. workers, exercising fewer than three days a week is more closely linked to obesity – defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher – than any of 26 other behavioral and emotional factors, including healthy eating and having health insurance. This Gallup analysis […]

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Average U.S. Retirement Age Rises To 61

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Average U.S. Retirement Age Rises To 61

By ALYSSA BROWN, Gallup—  The average age at which U.S. retirees say they actually retired is now at 61, up from 57 in the early 1990s. These results are from Gallup’s annual Economy and Personal Finance survey, conducted April 4-14. The average retirement age has crept up by four years over the past two decades, […]

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Four States That Snubbed Health Care Law Gaining Jobs From It

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Four States That Snubbed Health Care Law Gaining Jobs From It

By PHIL GALEWITZ, KHN— Four states that snubbed the federal health care law by defaulting to the federal government to build new online insurance marketplaces and not agreeing to expand Medicaid will get new jobs at call centers that will help consumers understand their new coverage options this fall. Up to 9,000 jobs are expected to be created at […]

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Mixed Messages On Direction Of Health Care Spending

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Mixed Messages On Direction Of Health Care Spending

By JORDAN RAU, KHN— Two new studies assert that the country’s unusual slowdown in health care spending growth rates may be due more to structural changes in the health care system than to the lagging economy, and could continue even after business picks up. National health care spending grew by 3.9% a year between 2009 […]

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Health Care Insurance Marketplace Call Centers Creating 9K Jobs

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Health Care Insurance Marketplace Call Centers Creating 9K Jobs

By PHIL GALEWITZ, KHN— The federal health care law derided as a “job-killer” by critics will create an estimated 9,000 jobs in 14 states this summer to handle consumer inquiries about new online insurance marketplaces. The jobs are through Vangent, a General Dynamics subsidiary, which was awarded a $530 million one-year contract by the federal government to […]

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EPI Analysis: Time To Raise The U.S. Minimum Wage

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EPI Analysis: Time To Raise The U.S. Minimum Wage

Economic Policy Institute Analysis: Time To Raise The U.S. Minimum Wage Analyzing the recent federal minimum wage proposals: $10.10, $9.00, and $9.80– Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would give working families and the economy a much-needed boost An in-depth analysis of the impact raising the federal minimum to $10.10 would have, detailing the demographic breakdown of […]

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Vangent Gets $28 Million Call Center Contract For Health Insurance Marketplace

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Vangent Gets $28 Million Call Center Contract For Health Insurance Marketplace

By PHIL GALEWITZ, KHN—The federal government has awarded a $28.2 million contract to a General Dynamics subsidiary to run a call center to handle consumer questions about the new online health insurance marketplaces that are slated to begin selling insurance policies Oct. 1, 2013. The call center will be responsible for all inquiries related to the insurance marketplaces […]

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