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Obamacare may have brought healthcare into the homes of many Americans, but there are still many more who are without coverage and the majority of those uninsured are claiming affordability factors for the reasons.  CNBC (10/22, 1.79M) recently reported on a survey that was conducted by HealthPocket.com in which respondents were asked about such things as coverage affordability. 

The majority of adults who responded, 57 percent, said that they could only afford to pay “$100 or less” per month for health insurance in 2016.  The second most common answer, from 17 percent of respondents, was $200 per month.   Unfortunately, most plans under the Affordable Care Act cost more than $100 per month before any federal subsidies are available.

Federal subsidies are available to those who buy within the exchange and who are considered to be low to moderate income.  Currently, about 85 percent of exchange customers qualify for financial aid and a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services indicated that these same people are able to purchase plans that cost less than $100 per month after subsidy.

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For many years, the message given to pregnant women was that it was ok to have an occasional drink during their pregnancy.  This message has changed with a new report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that cautions pregnant women not to drink alcohol in any amount.  The AAP has concluded from its studies that, because alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and neurodevelopmental disabilities, no amount of alcohol is safe.

HealthDay (10/20, Dotinga) ran a detailed report on the study and obtained comment from Dr. Janet Williams, a co-author of the study and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center.  Dr. Williams says that future studies will likely continue to show that “alcohol has subtle yet important lasting effects on academic performance, attention, behavior, cognition, memory, language skills, and visual and motor development.”

This study garnered a great deal of attention with a report on ABC World News (10/19, story 8, 1:40, Muir) by David Muir and another on the CBS Evening News (10/19, story 11, 1:05, Pelley) with CBS Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon Lapook.

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