Pets on planes, service dogs & emotional support animals: Erin Jackson unpacks the differences for URBO

Pets on planes, service dogs & emotional support animals: Erin Jackson unpacks the differences for URBO

Attorney Erin Jackson was recently interviewed by URBO about the distinctions between pets, service dogs, and emotional support animals. As airlines’ pet-related mishaps continue to make the news, some are considering alternative ways to get Fido to their destination. What are the differences between pets and support or service dogs, and what are the consequences of masquerading...

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Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

If the safety and quality of nursing home services decreases, elderly and disabled patients may seek an alternative means of care, such as that offered by in-home health.  Home health providers can provide the individualized care that patients and their families seek, and they can often significantly delay an individual’s transition into a full-time care...

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How to Shop for Health Insurance {Deadline: December 15!}

How to Shop for Health Insurance {Deadline: December 15!}

It's time to purchase health insurance for 2018. As President Trump's first year in office winds down, the health insurance market is experiencing astounding turbulence. We answer your top 3 questions to help you cruise through Open Enrollment season without losing your...

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3 Things to Know about CMS’ Latest Attempt to Erode ACA Protections

3 Things to Know about CMS’ Latest Attempt to Erode ACA Protections

CMS issued a 365-page proposed rule that, if enacted, could reduce the most basic benefits offered under the Affordable Care Act.  This is the latest among Republicans' so-called "premium stabilization efforts," which aim to reduce Obama-era insurance premium hikes at the expense of Americans' access to healthcare.  CMS said the rule was intended to give states more flexibility and reduce the burden on insurers in order to stabilize the individual and small-group markets and drive down the cost of care.While I haven't fully digested the entire proposed rule yet, here are 3 of my earliest...

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World Hepatitis Day Post: Our Top 5 Favorite Global Health Organizations

World Hepatitis Day Post: Our Top 5 Favorite Global Health Organizations

July 28, 2017 is World Hepatitis Day, as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).  In 2015, the WHO reports that about 325,000,000 lived with chronic hepatitis, and viral hepatitis caused 1.34 million deaths. So, in honor of World Hepatitis Day, we’re sharing a few of our favorite global health organizations.  Check them out, and add your own to the list...

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Did You Know?: Illinois expanded pharmacist access to opioid antagonist shot

Did You Know?: Illinois expanded pharmacist access to opioid antagonist shot

Naloxone rapidly reverses an opioid overdose and can quickly restore normal respiration in someone whose breathing has stopped or slowed from an overdose.  The life-saving drug has been deployed throughout the country to help combat the opioid...

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Cherokee Nation seeks to hold large companies accountable for opioid crisis

Cherokee Nation seeks to hold large companies accountable for opioid crisis

The lawsuit asserts that “he brunt of the epidemic could have been, and should have been, prevented by the defendant companies acting within the U.S. drug distribution industry, which are some of the largest corporations in America. These drug wholesalers and retailers have profited greatly by allowing the Cherokee Nation to become flooded with prescription...

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How Food Deserts Hurt Your Patients’ Health

How Food Deserts Hurt Your Patients’ Health

A food desert is a geographic area which lacks fresh fruit, vegetables, and other whole foods.  These arise from an absence of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers, and the United States is full of them (1). This problem is linked to obesity, poor diet choices, and hunger – all things that detrimentally affect the health of our communities and, thus, the conditions that show up in our clients’ clinics each...

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