Here are a few more pictures from the evening.
Valentin Torres is the kind of resident Illinois officials know they need to reach if their effort to vastly expand health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act is going to succeed.
Torres, a truck driver and the sole provider for his wife and three children under 18, said his family has gone uninsured since 2005 when he lost the coverage he had through an employer.
At a state-organized outreach event he heard about on Spanish-language radio, Torres learned the family would be eligible for Medicaid under the health law’s expanded income rules. He planned to complete his application from home through abe.illinois.gov, a site for Medicaid applicants separate from the troubled federal website where private insurance plans are sold.
“I came here to get health coverage for me and my family,” said Torres, 44, who is bilingual but spoke to a counselor in Spanish. “Without insurance, you can’t afford to get sick.”
Federal health officials estimate that Latinos make up nearly a quarter of Illinois’ uninsured population, inspiring a special effort by state officials to spread the word about options available under the health law. To help raise awareness, Illinois is partnering with nearly 50 community-based organizations with close ties to immigrant populations.
My latest is in the Chicago Tribune. Read the whole shebang.
… at the College of American Pathologists, where I started a position Monday as senior editor for a monthly magazine the college publishes, CAP TODAY. The publication focuses principally on clinical issues in pathology, laboratory medicine and laboratory management. So, I have a lot to learn. The job is out in the suburb of Northfield, so I had to buy a car to make the daily commute. It’s interesting work so far and, hey, free coffee! I will, as I’ve done with all my previous jobs, post links to my articles. Given the audience at which the publication is aimed, however, these stories may be less accessible to the general reader than most of my previous work.
After more than a year of research, public hearings, and consideration of nearly 3,000 comments filed by physician organizations, patients, and others, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in September altered the labeling of extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics to place a greater emphasis on the medications’ safety risks. The action falls far short of the strict limits on the dosage and duration of opioid therapy for patients’ noncancer pain that were proposed by advocacy groups last year.
My latest, published in the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Pain Medicine Network newsletter. Read the whole shebang.
At least for now. This one can seemingly do everything. It’s the Cross Tech 3+.
Update: Another thing this pen can do, apparently, is become useless fairly quickly. The coating on the stylus nub that made it glide smoothly across the screen started peeling off within a week or two of use. Soon enough, the nub started getting stuck when dragging across my phone’s screen, making it difficult to use.
In addition, I had trouble getting the mechanical pencil to remain functional. Every other time I tried to use it, normal writing would push the lead back up into the barrel and I’d have to replace it. Alas, the search for my pen continues.
As schools around the country wrap up their first month back in session, parents soon may start receiving the first reports on how their children are shaping up — literally.
Public schools in 19 states now track students’ body mass index numbers and report the fat metrics back to parents. There may, indeed, be more schools tracking students’ BMI than there are schools teaching kids the arithmetic needed to do such calculations on their own. To some, this would seem like the prudent step to take given that childhood obesity has nearly tripled since 1990. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about one in five American children is obese, and one in three is overweight or obese.
There are only a couple of problems with this increasingly popular nanny-state tactic: There’s not much evidence that BMI-tracking reduces obesity, and it may harm the very children it’s meant to help.