Greg Yap is a venture capitalist looking for the next big thing in digital health. At age 45, he’s also the father of young kids and the son of an aging mother, who lives nearby in an independent living facility. On days he can’t visit his mom and doesn’t hear from her, he still wants to know how she’s doing. So he’s combining his personal concerns as a son with his job as an investor and experimenting with new technologies that can give him some peace of mind without invading his mother’s privacy.
It’s been nearly 10 years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act — one of the most sweeping health care overhauls in the nation’s history. The law has brought the number of uninsured people in America to an all-time low, secured protections for people with pre-existing conditions and advanced the notion that health care is a human right.
Over the past year, congressional Democrats have rolled out more than half a dozen plans to expand public health insurance as they increasingly line up behind universal coverage. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is now stepping into the fray with a plan that would allow Americans 50 and older to buy into the Medicare program. Her “Medicare at 50” bill is a revised version of a proposal she has authored in previous sessions of Congress; the most notable difference is the age threshold for buying in has been lowered from 55 to 50.
In a photograph taken in the early 1960s, I’m sitting on the side porch of our rambling Victorian off Hope Street in Providence, with my parents and three sisters and brother. We’d just come home from Sunday school at the First Unitarian Church. We girls are wearing skirts and crisp white blouses, stockings held in place by garters. (Pantyhose, which will shortly arrive on the scene, will seem liberating.) My father and brother have crew cuts and narrow ties; they wear drip-dry polyester shirts — perhaps in genuine Dacron polyester, more likely, some off-brand: with five kids in the family, we pinched pennies. We are smiling, clean, white, well fed, well dressed, cheerful, bright.
You might know actor Ken Jeong from the movie The Hangover. NPR’s David Greene talks to him about his new Netflix special, and how he went from being a medical doctor to a comedian and actor.
Individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities now have a dedicated treatment center in New York City for dental care: NYU College of Dentistry’s Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities. The 8,000-square-foot center, located in the NYU College of Dentistry’s Weissman Building at 1st Avenue and 24th Street, provides much-needed comprehensive care for patients whose disabilities or medical conditions prevent them from receiving care in a conventional dental setting.
Older Americans may not know where their next meal will come from. According to the organization “Feeding America,” food insecurity increased 45 percent between 2001 and 2016. The Department of Health and Human Services blamed this on rising health care costs, a higher divorce rate and more older people with dependents. Visit the U.S. Aging Administration website for services to help older adults and their families or call 1-800-677-1116.
Lady Gaga Uses Grammys Win for “Shallow” to Make Powerful Statement About Mental Health Struggles |E! News
Lady Gaga just added to her Grammy collection. Gaga and Bradley Cooper won the Grammy for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Shallow,” their song from A Star Is Born. Gaga previously won two Grammys at the 2019 ceremony, one for Joanne and another for “Shallow.” The Oscar nominee accepted the award solo, Cooper was in the United Kingdom attending the BAFTAs. This was her second appearance on the Grammys stage, she helped open the show with host Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Obama.
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