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U.S. Supreme Court to hear ACA challenge

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK – The Affordable Care Act will be reviewed by the Supreme Court again, according to a report by Bloomberg published Friday.
 
The Supreme Court will hear arguments over the subsidies that have helped more than 4 million people afford insurance, according to the report. 
 
"A ruling blocking those credits might unravel the law, making other provisions ineffective and potentially destabilizing insurance markets in much of the country," Bloomberg reported. "The high court’s decision to hear the case comes days before the start of the law’s second open-enrollment season Nov. 15. A decision will come by June."
 

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Shoppers Drug Mart raises money for cancer organizations

BY Michael Johnsen

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart is looking to raise $750,000 in support of Look Good Feel Better across its stores in the Aberta, Atlantic and Prairies regions. And in Ontario, the Canadian drug store retailer is hoping to raise $375,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. 
 
"In support of our commitment to improving women's health through Shoppers Drug Mart WOMEN, stores across the country will be holding in-store Holiday Beauty Galas on Nov. 8, 2014," the company stated. 
 
The galas will include various activities including, but not limited to, skin analysis and makeup applications, as well as special draws and raffles. Tickets are available for $10. Half of each ticket sold will be donated to the respective charities, while the remaining $5 can be redeemed on any cosmetic purchase made at Shoppers Drug Mart during the event.
 
"The Holiday Beauty Galas allow customers and employees the opportunity to donate directly to the organizations that make a difference to women's health," said Lisa Gibbs, director, community investment, Shoppers Drug Mart. "With the support of our associate-owners, their store teams, our employees and customers, we can make a difference and improve the health of all Canadian women in body, mind and spirit."
 
The money raised will go to Look Good Feel Better workshops and educational programs they offer at 118 cancer-care facilities and hospitals across the country. Look Good Feel Better was created on the premise that if a woman with cancer can be helped to look good, chances are she will feel better, her spirits will be lifted and she will be empowered to face her illness with greater confidence. 
 
In Ontario, funds raised will give customers a chance to learn more about their breast health and ways they can help reduce the risk of breast cancer.  Cure Breast Cancer Foundation will create the first-ever digital breast health tool, offering women throughout Ontario additional resources to learn about breast cancer and give them the opportunity and accessibility to get screened.
 

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Rite Aid partners with HealthSpot on telehealth service

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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Friday announced it has entered into an agreement with HealthSpot to provide convenient healthcare services via private, walk-in HealthSpot stations inside select Rite Aid locations. Rite Aid will pilot the HealthSpot stations in the greater Akron/Canton, Cleveland and Dayton/Springfield markets.
 
“The healthcare landscape continues to evolve and Rite Aid is committed to providing the communities and customers we serve with innovative services to help them live and stay well,” stated Rite Aid’s EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson. “Adding HealthSpot stations serves as a natural extension of our existing suite of health and wellness services and offers people an alternative solution to accessing quality healthcare in a familiar, professional and convenient setting.”
 
Visitors to the HealthSpot station will be able to connect with a network of board-certified medical professionals such as Cleveland Clinic and other major health systems across Ohio through the HealthSpot Network. This broad network of providers enables clinicians to extend their reach into local communities and serve more patients with expanded hours through HealthSpot stations. Most insurances will be accepted.
 
HealthSpot stations offer customers convenient access to high-quality, medical care from board certified medical providers using high-definition videoconferencing and interactive medical devices. Using the HealthSpot station, customers can be treated for minor and common health conditions, including cold and flu, rashes and skin conditions, eye conditions, earaches and seasonal allergies. A record of the visit is maintained, ensuring seamless communication and continuity of care.
 
“With telehealth expected to play a leading role in the delivery of healthcare in the future, we believe our HealthSpot stations offer a unique solution, delivering healthcare services more conveniently and cost effectively than ever before,” commented HealthSpot CEO Steve Cashman. “By working with Rite Aid, a trusted member of communities across Ohio, as well as providers and payers, we are reimagining the way healthcare is delivered in a retail setting.”
 

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J.Adam says:
Nov-17-2014 09:23 pm

How can a patient with vascular and inflammatory or autoimmune disease use the telehealth service for accurate diagnosis and treatment plans?

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