By Josh Adamson |Staff Writer| The changes in California's individual health insurance market will impact So-Cal residents and students in 2017. Premiums for insurance plans sold on Covered California will increase by an average of 13.2 percent next year. San Bernardino and Riverside Counties will have an average premium increase of 10.1 percent. Students were advised to shop around and consider their options. “CSUSB students can’t do much about the rate increases [but] aiming for the lowest priced plan and not being afraid of switching plans is one option,” stated Economics Professor, Yasemin Dildar. The majority of shoppers will be insulated from these increases by federal … [Read more...] about California’s health insurance to see an increase
By Kathleen Ramirez |Staff Writer| It is no secret that Obamacare has caused quite the commotion since being put into action back in 2010. Obamacare is the Affordable Care Act that the government put into place that expands and enhances access to receive medical care, according to obamacarefacts.com. I, myself, have Obamacare and am thankful that I do not have to worry about not having healthcare coverage if I get sick or injured. Many Americans are becoming worried about what they will do for healthcare once President Obama is no longer in office. “I don’t like the fact that we have to sign up for healthcare or else we get penalized for it, but I do think it is good that … [Read more...] about Obama Care do we need it?
By Cherae Hunt |Staff Writer| Americans are using imported, counterfeit prescription drugs that are actually working against them. These false prescribed medications cause the diseases to become stronger and people to become immune to the medicine Joel Breman in a National Public Radio (NPR) interview. The most commonly made counterfeit drugs include are cancer medication, pain killers cardiovascular, antibiotics and psychiatric medicine, according to safemedicines.org “If the companies and organizations have strict guidelines, I don’t think it should be a problem to import medications from other countries,” said student Jamie Williams. China and India are known for most cases … [Read more...] about Fake medicines extremely dangerous
By Rona Ortiz |Staff Writer| The CSUSB Health Center can be a lifesaver. The clinic is a convenient option for students who do not have health insurance. Sometimes they are too busy to schedule an appointment with their primary care physician. “It’s convenient to visit the Health Center,” said Leticia Valdez. “I didn’t want to go all the way to my doctor’s office, and the medication is cheap.” The Health Center offers an array of services including free routine office visits, low cost physicals, and lab and x-ray services. There are same day and walk-in visits in addition to scheduled appointments. For some students, the on-campus clinic is their only means of health … [Read more...] about Health Center Services
By Marie Fernandes |Staff Writer| Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of premature diseases and death in the United States with more than 480,000 deaths per year. On Feb. 5, CVS Caremark announced that by October of this year their stores across America will no longer be selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. President and CEO of CVS Caremark Larry J. Merlo said, “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.” I believe that this is a great idea on their part because cigarettes and tobacco products do not belong in a place where health care is the main focus. According to Merlo, CVS’s decision to remove tobacco products from the … [Read more...] about CVS soon to be tobacco free
By Maria Perry |Staff Writer| The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obama Care, aims to provide more Americans with health insurance. However, it continues to spurn debate in Congress as more and more politicians question the long-term effects of passing the bill on universal health care. The Act has even caused a government shutdown which hasn’t occured in 17 years. According to a 10News, a poll taken in San Diego, 44 percent opposed the Act, while only 29 percent supported it, and 27 percent said they didn’t know enough about it. According to the same poll, when it came down to results from Congress, 52 percent rejected the bill, 20 percent opposed its rejection, and 28 … [Read more...] about Implementation of Affordable Care Act bring forth opposing views
By Angelice Romero |Staff Writer| Full time employees, no matter what company they work for, should get free contraception from their health insurance providers. It is less harmful to use contraception than it is to spread diseases and have unwanted pregnancies. President Barack Obama has proposed that all employers should provide contraception to their employees through their medical insurance. This became an issue for employers who do not believe in contraception for religious, conservative or moral reasons. They fought against this issue, believing Obama should not force them to give medical insurance for something they do not believe in. Recently, Obama and his administration … [Read more...] about No condoms for you! Employers refuse to provide aspect of health care
By Melissa Benton |Staff Writer| The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Jan. 20 that all employers, including religious affiliated institutions, must provide contraception coverage in their health plans for all employees. Roman Catholic bishops and other religious leaders severely opposed this mandate claiming it as a violation of religious liberty. Pres. Obama amended the plan on Feb. 10 requiring all health insurance companies offer employees free contraceptives for all religious affiliated institutions, including churches, hospitals and universities. Many Democrats and others who support Obama’s contraceptive plan believe that this is for the greater good. The … [Read more...] about Religious controversy sparks over birth control mandate