Healthcare http://wesa.fm en Sen. Casey on Looming Government Shutdown http://wesa.fm/post/sen-casey-looming-government-shutdown <p>In the early hours of Sunday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would continue to fund the federal government.</p><p>Essentially this bill does three things: it temporarily keeps government operations funded through the middle of December, delays the affordable care act for a year and it repeals a tax on medical devices as part of the health care law. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:33:02 +0000 Katie Martin 17382 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey on Looming Government Shutdown Public Forum: Addressing Your Questions On the Affordable Care Act http://wesa.fm/post/public-forum-addressing-your-questions-affordable-care-act <p>On Tuesday October 1st the health insurance exchange, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, opens for enrollment. While the various insurance plans and stipulations can be confusing, there are many <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/what-know-affordable-care-act-resources-and-information">resources</a> available to offer assistance.</p><p>On Thursday September 26th, representatives from various health access groups came together at the Community Broadcast Center to talk about how the new healthcare &amp; insurance plans will affect individuals and businesses. Listen to an edited broadcast of the forum on Tuesday October 1 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:05:58 +0000 Heather McClain 17280 at http://wesa.fm Public Forum: Addressing Your Questions On the Affordable Care Act Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment http://wesa.fm/post/reclassification-obesity-disease-prompts-questions-about-treatment <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On Tuesday, the <a href="http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/public-health/general-resources-health-care-professionals/roadmaps-clinical-practice-series/assessment-management-adult-obesity.page">American Medical Association</a> officially re-classified obesity <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2013/06/18/ama-backs-disease-classification-for-obesity/">as a disease</a>. Experts are now saying this <a href="http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/806566">recognition</a> will enable doctors to better treat the 1 in 3 Americans who struggle with obesity. It is hoped health plans will create more products to help patients manage their weight and broaden the coverage for those in need. <strong><a href="http://www.dept-med.pitt.edu/dgim/faculty_info.aspx?fp=5933">Dr. Esa Davis</a></strong>, a practicing physician with <a href="http://www.upmc.com/.../default.aspx?vcat...2379e134e347%7CWeight+Loss">UPMC</a>, joins us to discuss the changes this re-classification will bring to the healthcare system.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:24:08 +0000 Katherine Blackley 11881 at http://wesa.fm Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment National Healthcare Decision Day http://wesa.fm/post/national-healthcare-decision-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The only sure things in life are death and taxes. Now that tax day has passed its time to consider advance care planning and health care decisions. We'll begin the dialogue with <strong>Nancy Zionts</strong>, chief operating officer and chief program officer for the <a href="http://www.jhf.org/">Jewish Healthcare Foundation</a>. Have you mapped out your end of life plans? How do you talk about it with your loved ones?</p><p>Visit <a href="http://closure.org/">Closure.org</a> for information<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about Living Wills</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:30:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7986 at http://wesa.fm National Healthcare Decision Day