(Photojournalist Christopher Anderson and audio journalist Jonathan Miller: Hungry in America. First in a four-part series – more to come.)
Medical-loss ratio rule goes into effect:“The regulations require health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium revenue on patient care for small and individual plans, and 85 percent for large plans.” What this means for you: “Under the rules, in effect next year, companies will have to meet a spending threshold of at least 80 percent for care they provide, or return the difference to customers. The federal government expects as many as 9 million Americans will receive a total of $1.4 billion in rebates starting in 2012, the health department said in its statement.”
Vocab word for the day: “norovirus” – or the culprit behind stomach flu, now swinging through Chicago’s schools and nursing homes.
“The U.S. generation that promoted free love in the 1960s has grown old and cranky about sex.“ Ruh roh. “Only 7 percent of people between 45 and 65 describe themselves as extremely satisfied with their sex lives. ”
Gadgets to keep you living at home: “The device is about the size of a coffee maker. ‘First thing in the morning,’ she said, ‘a light comes on and a beeper sounds.’ She touches a screen to log in and is cued to slip on a blood pressure cuff and push a button. Her pressure and pulse readings are displayed. Next, she slides a forefinger into a sensor that measures blood oxygen. Then she checks her weight on a scale linked to the machine.”
Ninety years old, and running marathons: “Not caring much about speed or besting other competitors is one key to longevity. Nowadays, Don McNelly walks. And he’s invariably the last one over the line. But he quietly set world records in the decade of his 70s, when he racked up 295 marathons, and in his 80s, when he accumulated 177 more.
“I’m 90 and I feel like I’m 50, 60 tops,” he says. “I’m a lucky, lucky, lucky guy.”