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    Why Consumer Issues Are Rising on the Health Agenda

    Employer health insurance premiums rose 4% this year, according to the 17th annual employer health benefits survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, published Tuesday. That caps a (remarkable) 10-year run of moderate increases, averaging 5%. But the slowdown in health-care cost growth has been all but invisible to… read full article

    How Exercise Can Help You

    Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have more to lose by not being active. Here are just a few of the benefits. Exercise and physical activity: Can… read full article

    Flavored Tobacco Lures Kids, CDC Says

    Kids who smoke, vape or chew tobacco are flocking to the flavored varieties, a new government report shows. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of high school students and 7 percent of middle-schoolers have used some kind of tobacco product, and nearly 70 percent of middle and high school… read full article

    Take a few easy steps now – be ready for November 1

    Starting November 1, you can enroll, re-enroll, or change plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2016. FYI Plans and prices for 2016 will be available by late October. Take a few minutes to get ready now so you’ll be off to a great start when you log in as soon as November 1. First… read full article

    2016 Open Enrollment

    Important dates for 2016 enrollment: November 1, 2015: Open Enrollment starts — first day you can enroll in a 2016 Marketplace plan. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016. FYI 2016 plans and prices will be available for preview the third week of October, 2015. December 15, 2015: Last day to enroll in… read full article

    Annual Household Income changes? Report them to the Marketplace ASAP

    If you’ve had any changes to your household income, it’s important to let the Marketplace know as soon as possible. Your new income can affect the health coverage or savings you’re eligible for. If your taxable income goes down: You could qualify for more savings than you’re getting now. This could lower the amount you… read full article

    Under 30 and busy? Get a fast, personalized health coverage decision guide

    There are many options for health insurance for young adults. You can: Get covered by a parent’s health insurance plan. Buy your own Marketplace insurance, with savings based on your income. Buy a catastrophic health plan — a type of insurance that has a low monthly premium but mainly protects you from worst-case scenarios. Get… read full article

    See if You Qualify for Health Care Savings

    Wonder if you qualify for savings on health insurance? We’ve created a quick and easy tool to help. Just enter your state and the number of people in your household. We’ll show you which of these savings programs you qualify for, based on your income estimate: A premium tax credit you can use to lower… read full article

    2015 NBC Connecticut Health & Wellness Festival

    Join us for the 2015 Health & Wellness Festival Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the our brand new location, the XL Center in downtown Hartford. Take advantage of free health screenings, meet wellness experts, experience new ways to stay fit and the chance to sit in on our… read full article

    Surgeon General Calls for Steps to Promote Healthy Walking

    Take a walk: That’s the U.S. surgeon general’s prescription for sedentary Americans — but communities will have to step up, too, and make neighborhoods easier and safer for foot traffic. Only half of adults and just over a quarter of high school students get the amount of physical activity recommended for good health, Surgeon General… read full article