The Health News USA November 21 2017

  • The Congressional Budget Office says that 5 million people will decide they no longer want free government health care if Congress scraps Obamacare’s individual mandate that currently forces them to obtain coverage. Another 5 million would forgo buying plans on and off the exchanges by two thousand twenty seven, once they are free from the compulsion, the CBO says, in looking at Republicans’ latest proposal to nix the individual mandate as part of the tax code overhaul.
  • Trader Joe’s says it has recalled several packaged salads after a supplier said there may be shards of glass or hard plastic inside. The grocery chain said Saturday on its website that packages of white meat chicken salad, curried white chicken deli salad and turkey cranberry apple salad sold in some areas that expire from November 10-21 – could be contaminated.
  • Since 1988, there has been an international health observance on December one to unite us all in the continuous fight against HIV, the disease that causes AIDS. While Miami has unique characteristics that allow it to be a famously innovative city, it holds the unfortunate distinction of having the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the nation, at a rate of  51.2 per 100,000individuals. In Miami-Dade County during 2015 , there were 1,368 reported diagnoses of HIV, of which 15.3 percent ( 210 people) were in the age group of 13 to 24  years.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 21st of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/19/five-million-people-will-decide-they-no-longer-wan/

The Congressional Budget Office says that five million people will decide they no longer want free government health care if Congress scraps Obamacare’s individual mandate that currently forces them to obtain coverage. Another five million would forgo buying plans on and off the exchanges by two thousand twenty seven, once they are free from the compulsion, the CBO says, in looking at Republicans’ latest proposal to nix the individual mandate as part of the tax code overhaul. GOP lawmakers question the assumptions, wondering why those poor people who qualified for Medicaid would suddenly decide they didn’t want it, or would never hear about it in the first place.

But Republicans are happy to accept the outcome: savings of more than three hundred billion dollars, which the GOP can pump back into its tax cut package. Senate Republicans have managed to turn the tax-cut debate into an Obamacare fight, reigniting all of the questions that have raged over the last decade about who benefits from the government forcing Americans to obtain health insurance. According to CBO analysts, without the mandate premiums will rise by an average of ten percent, as insurers react to being stuck with sicker people who will cling to coverage. People who get insurance through a job probably won’t see much of a difference, but those who buy it on their own would struggle, especially if don’t qualify for subsidies that defray rising rates.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/11/19/trader-joes-recalls-packaged-salads-over-glass-shards-plastic-concerns.html

Trader Joe’s says it has recalled several packaged salads after a supplier said there may be shards of glass or hard plastic inside. The grocery chain said Saturday on its website that packages of white meat chicken salad, curried white chicken deli salad and turkey cranberry apple salad sold in some areas that expire from November ten to twenty one- could be contaminated. The products are labeled with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “inspected” code P-four zero two nine nine. The warning applies to white meat chicken and curried white chicken deli salads sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Texas.

Turkey cranberry salads sold in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon or Washington are at risk. Trader Joe’s said products with other “inspected” codes were not affected because they were created at separate sites. The chain apologized and urged customers to discard the products or return them for a refund.

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article185224598.html

Since nineteen eighty eight, there has been an international health observance on December one to unite us all in the continuous fight against the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the disease that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). On both a global and local level, it should be the one day we bond as a community to show support for those living with the disease and to remember those who died. With alarming statistics continuing to affect Miami-Dade County (and Broward, as well), so much more than one day is needed.
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While Miami has unique characteristics that allow it to be a famously innovative city, it holds the unfortunate distinction of having the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the nation, at a rate of fifty one point two per one hundred thousand individuals. In Miami-Dade County during two thousand fifteen, there were one thousand three hundred sixty eight reported diagnoses of HIV, of which fifteen point three percent or two hundred ten people were in the age group of thirteen to twenty four years. As of two thousand fourteen, it was estimated that only forty one percent of HIV-infected youth in the United States were aware of their diagnosis, suggesting the epidemic is severely underestimated. Miami-Dade County does more HIV testing than any other place in the country, but unless as community we all get on board, we will continue to hold this remarkable (and sad) distinction of being Number one in the nation for HIV infection rate — with Broward County at Number two.

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