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Regardless of Supreme Court ruling, UHC to voluntarily extend health-reform protections

BY Allison Cerra

MINNETONKA, Minn. — A health insurance provider will continue provisions related to coverage of preventive healthcare services, coverage of dependents up to 26 years old, lifetime policy limits, rescissions and appeals, no matter how the Supreme Court rules in cases related to the 2010 healthcare-reform law.

UnitedHealthcare, which is part of the UnitedHealth Group, said Monday that protections are effective immediately, and will remain available to current and future customers and members. UHC noted it is not establishing any "sunset provisions" and said it is committed to working with all other participants in the healthcare system to sustain that coverage.

"The protections we are voluntarily extending are good for people’s health, promote broader access to quality care and contribute to helping control rising healthcare costs. These provisions make sense for the people we serve, and it is important to ensure they know these provisions will continue," UnitedHealth Group president and CEO Stephen Hemsley said. "These provisions are compatible with our mission and continue our operating practices."


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FaceLube, former boxing champ Victor Ortiz target Hispanic men with new ‘VO’ skin care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Men’s grooming brand FaceLube has teamed up with former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz to launch an exclusive men’s anti-aging skin care line at La Curacao department stores.

La Curacao is best known as a growing chain of large format department stores of 100,000 sq. ft. each. With a Hispanic focus, La Curacao ranks among the top 100 electronics and appliance retailers in the United States. The retail store chain has nine locations in Southern California and one in Phoenix.

The new skin care line, dubbed “VO,” combines anti-aging ingredients with natural botanicals to boast an eco-friendly formula that is free of parabens, sulfates, fragrances, perfumes, dyes, silicones, polyethylene glycol and oxybenzones. The concentrated formula contains a combination of anti-aging active ingredients that promote healing and cellular turnover for optimal anti-aging benefits. Ideal for daily use, the sealed dispensers ensure maximum usage, minimizes oxidation and contamination.

“La Curacao is more than an active member of the Latino community. It’s commitment to providing Latino families with a warm and memorable experience has made La Curacao the most trusted name within the Hispanic retail market. FaceLube is ecstatic and proud to introduce the ‘VO’ line of men’s skin care products to the Latino community through this premier retailer,” stated Candace Chen, founder of FaceLube Automotive, the exclusive distributor of the FaceLube and VO.

The products are priced between $75 and $150. The three-step anti-aging system features a cleanser that also repels dirt, a non-oily treatment and an active skin protectant. The line also includes supplementary men’s skin care products like natural anti-aging sunscreen, all-natural beeswax lip balm, and a line of anti-aging shaving products with a pre-shave oil, shave cream, hand and neck cream, and shave rescue treatment.

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Fall Pixi collection to hit Target stores in August

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Beauty brand Pixi, developed by makeup artist Petra Strand, is focusing on the eyes this fall, as evidenced by its new product lineup slated to hit Target stores and Target.com in August.

New products for fall 2012 include:

Large Lash Mascara ($18): This mascara amplifies lashes with extreme volume and intense color. The oversized brush separates lashes, creating volume in a single sweep. Added vitamins E and B5, and bamboo extract work to nourish and condition for healthy, silky lashes.

Shade Quartette ($22 each): Four complementary shades in this eye shadow palette, allow for natural, sophisticated tone-on-tone application. Each palette provides foolproof eye enhancement without the need for blending. Vitamin E soothes eye area and mineral pigments help reflect the light. Available in shades of gold, shades of peach and shades of nude.

Natural Brow Duo ($18): This dual-ended tool helps to keep brows in perfect shape. On one end, the waterproof brow-powder pencil has an angled tip for precise application. The other end includes a tinted soft-hold gel infused with vitamin B5 to keep even the most unruly brows in place.

Lash Line Ink ($16): Designed to stay put for up to 12 hours, this nonfeathering, waterproof ink liner has a flexible precision tip that goes on smooth and dries quickly for a defined look that promises not to smudge or fade.

Waterproof Makeup Remover ($14): This makeup remover is a dual-phase formula to lifts away even the most stubborn waterproof and longwearing eye and lip formulas. Honey extract soothes and conditions, leaving skin refreshed and makeup-free.

Also coming out in August are new shades for blush (Rosy Rouge), lip and line (Peony Pretty, Bare Berry and Orchid Rose) and nail color (Evening Emerald, Classy Cocoa and Amazing Amethyst).

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