CDC Proposes Hepatitis C Testing. Will Health Care Legislation Follow?


The federal government in general and the Obama administration in particular has been fond of health care legislation. Right after taking office, President Barack Obama signed the Stimulus Bill which included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act, which mandated electronic medical records.

Then in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care legislation was signed into law. ACA, also known as health care reform or Obamacare has caused a .lot of controversy including calls for repeal and Supreme Court review.

CDC Proposes Hepatitis C Testing. Will Health Care Legislation Follow?

So what Health Care Legislation is Next?
Then there is the friendly pseudo government group: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC falls under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The CDC focuses on disease prevention and control (especially infectious diseases and food borne pathogens and other microbial infections), environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and education. And their reach extends globally, outside the United States.

Now the CDC is after the baby boomers

ATLANTA — With “baby boomers” believed to account for 75% of the hepatitis C infected population in the U.S. — the CDC is recommending that everyone ages 47 to 67 be tested for infection.

The CDC estimates that some two million Americans born from 1945 to 1965 are infected with HCV — that’s about 3% of the boomer generation. But because many years usually elapse before noticeable symptoms develop, most don’t know they are infected.

The CDC said one-time HCV testing of all “baby boomers” “could identify more than 800,000 additional people with hepatitis C, prevent the costly consequences of liver cancer and other chronic liver diseases, and save more than 120,000 lives.”

“CDC believes this approach will address the largely preventable consequences of this disease, especially in light of newly available therapies that can cure up to 75% of infections,” the agency said in a statement issued Friday.

Most boomers do not have the risk factors that, until now, the CDC had used as the basis for testing recommendations. Those risk factors include use of illegal injected drugs, receiving blood products or organ transplants before HCV testing became routine, known exposures to HCV, presence of hepatitis symptoms, and all patients with HIV.

Vietnam era veterans — all baby boomers — are a well-know risk group due to blood exposure in military field hospitals as well as drug use.

Infection with HCV often leads to liver cancer. However, the recent introduction of HCV protease inhibitors, including telaprevir (Incivek) and boceprevir (Victrelis), has made the disease more manageable, possibly even curable.

The recommendation will be open for public comment from May 22 to June 8, after which the CDC will release a final version.

The CDC also set Saturday, May 19, as “National Hepatitis Testing Day,” and announced that it would make a total of $6.5 million in grants to make testing available to specific populations including Asian-American Pacific Islander communities (which have high rates of hepatitis B infection) and injection drug users, as well as members of the “boomer” generation.

found at CDC: Test All ‘Boomers’ for Hepatitis C Infection

Do you have an opinion on Hepatitis testing?
If you have an opinion about the CDC requiring Hepatitis C testing, you have until June 8 to speak up. Visit!home  and search for “CDC-2012-0005-0001”

The CDC only makes recommendations. But it is a government agency. Is more health care legislation coming?

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Did You Get New Heart Disease Info During American Heart Month?

Heart DiseaseHeart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. There’s an epidemic of heart failure!

So February is designated as American Heart Month to increase awareness of heart attack, heart failure, heart disease and other cardiovascular disease, and heart disease cure. The American Heart Association publishes heart disease info all year round.

Have you been taking your heart for granted?
If yes, that may be a good thing. It may mean you’re not experiencing

•    Chest discomfort such as pain, heaviness, tightness, pressure, aching, burning, numbness, fullness, or squeezing
•    Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body including the arms, left shoulder, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
•    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
•    Sweating or “cold sweat”
•    Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like “heartburn”)
•    Nausea or vomiting
•    Light-headedness, dizziness, extreme weakness or anxiety
•    Rapid or irregular heart beats

In fact, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms for more than 5 minutes, STOP reading this blog post and immediately call 911. You’re probably having a heart attack!!

Good… If you’re still reading, that means you’re not having a medical emergency. But you still have to worry about how to prevent a heart attack. Reducing risk factors and avoiding heart disease, heart attack symptoms, congestive heart failure symptoms, etc, are important concerns for the over 50 senior citizens. In fact, if you’re a man age 45 or older, you’re at risk for heart disease.

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Is your doctor too old for Electronic Medical Records?

Electronic Medical RecordsPhysicians who participate in Medicare and/or Medicaid are implementing or planning to implement electronic medical records (EMR), because 2015 is coming. In case you didn’t know: there was health care legislation included in the ARRA Stimulus Bill passed in 2009.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act mandates the use of electronic health record (EHR) technology by Medicaid and Medicare physicians. And the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reimbursement penalties for those who don’t comply with the HITECH Act by 2015.

What’s the difference between Electronic Health Records and Electronic Medical Records?

They’re close. Electronic medical records is the computerized version of the paper medical charts you still see in many medical offices. An electronic health record (EHR) software system uses health information exchange (HIE) technology to integrate electronic medical records from multiple health care providers. One of the goals of an electronic health record and the HITECH Act is for better coordination of care between health care providers.

That means that all the doctors caring for you, the patient, will know what the other has done. For instance, it will protect you from drug interaction problems when more than one doctor is writing prescriptions for you.

All this sounds great. But in reality, the age of your doctor seems to have a bearing on how effective the electronic medical records software is in providing the benefits to you r and/or your physician.

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Physicians age differences after electronic medical records Installed


Age Divide
There was a statistically significant contrast in attitudes among doctors over and under 50 years of age.  The Accenture study found that doctors under 50 are more likely to believe that healthcare IT has a positive impact across a wide range of perceived benefits, including improved health outcomes for patients, increased speed of access to health services and reductions in medical errors. More than 72 percent of doctors under 50 think EMR and HIE will improve care coordination across settings and service boundaries. And, 73 percent believe these technologies will offer better access to quality data for clinical research. These numbers vary, however, for doctors over 50—only 65 percent and 68 percent respectively perceive the same benefits.

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Doctors Agree on Top Healthcare IT Benefits, But Generational Divide Exists, According to Accenture Eight-Country Survey


The electronic health record technology is the same regardless of who the physician is. As with all technology its success is heavily impacted by the people who use the technology. The older doctors may have more resistance to electronic medical records and electronic health records.

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Minorities Deserve Support And Money!


We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don’t get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won’t do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a
   different language.
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day
   every day.. 

I’m not talking about illegal  Mexicans
I’m talking about our troops! 
Doesn’t it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don’t support our troops?
Wouldn’t it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that’s billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on our troops!!!

 A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a
blank check made payable to‘ The United States of America ’ for any amount, up to and including their life.


The problem of illegal immigrants in the United States has taken a back burner to the need for jobs and the faltering US economy. The Republicans and Democrats in Congress are fighting over the jobs bill proposed by President Barack Obama. The Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Atlanta, Occupy Oakland and the spreading Occupy XX movements are protesting corporate greed and the lack of jobs.


The Arizona immigration law as well as laws in other states and the federal government, attempt to address the illegal immigration problem in the United States. We’ve spent billions on stopping the influx of illegal immigrants, finding them, legislating them and supporting them with social benefits.

Americans should make it a priority to support our troops. As our troops leave Iraq and as Veteran Day nears, let’s remember the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice – their lives.


Pray for and

Support The Troops!

 and their families who have made sacrifices as well.



Sandra Noble


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Retirement Dreams Shattered! Looking For Ways To Make Money?

One of the popular internet searches in google is “top ten reasons to retire”. If that’s what you’re wondering, you’re not the one this article is for.

This article is for the person who has had dreams of retirement, probably dreams of early retirement – for years. You’ve planned and saved. Your burning questions are not why to retire, or the best places to retire. The critical questions are

“How will you make the money you need to retire?”
“How can you make money while you’re in retirement?”

Has the economic crisis altered your retirement planning?

Many companies have failed, so those who had company stock in their retirement accounts have been devastated. Or perhaps your trusted and or highly paid financial advisor, has managed to lose a sizeable portion of your retirement funds. 401k retirement plans have suffered in recent years. Has your promised pension gone away.

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Retirement Plans: Are Nursing Homes in Your Retirement Plans?

Everyone has a dream of having a happy and comfortable retirement.

You probably already have retirement plans. You may even have compared retirement plans suggested by a financial advisor.

How about a retirement plan that could earn you and your family tens of thousands a month for years to come within 24 months.

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On 4th of July, Can You Celebrate Your Own Freedom?

We in the United States are starting our 4th of July holiday, also known as Independence Day. And like any holiday, what is it all about? Since the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, this holiday weekend, Americans are celebrating freedom. The Fourth of July is considered the birthday of the United States of America, so it’s time to party, and picnic and play.


But Independence Day is not the only day to celebrate freedom, emancipation or independence. Learn the history of some of the other celebration in the article "When Do You Celebrate Freedom, Emancipation or Independence Day?"

there’s a talk radio station that has a segment called “Free Your Mind Friday”. It’s especially pertinent today as we go into the American freedom celebrating holiday. But free your mind is actually more to the point. As individuals we can be free my mastering ourselves. It was an incredible demonstration and victory for Nelson Mandela to emerge from years of imprisonment in his right mind and without bitterness. Mastering oneself is true freedom.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela



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Illegal Immigration: What’s the United States Immigration Policy?

Illegal Immigration ,,,Again…

Arizona’s illegal immigration law continues to be in dispute. Utah’s immigration bill is being challenged. Georgia’s law to combat illegal immigration was to go into effect July 1.  But due to protests by the illegal immigrants themselves and discrimination cries from other protestors, Georgia’s law has been put on hold.


Why shouldn’t we be protesting our borders and enforcing our laws? TheUS federal government is not doing it’s job. The federal immigration laws should be enforced. If you cross the border into other countries, they are judicious about enforcing their immigration laws.

Ain’t this a great country.





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Erectile Dysfunction: Are You Hoping For A Resurrection?

Easter is the Christian holiday celebrating Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. It is a celebration of victory over death.


If you’ve got erectile dysfunction or E.D., you can probably relate. Is your penis dead? Continue reading

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Christmas: Is the Anti-Christ Offended By Christmas?

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Christian belief is that Jesus was immaculately conceived (without benefit of sexual intercourse between Mary and Joseph) and born to a virgin. Jesus is therefore the one and only Son of God. Christian Holiday - Christmas

Not only that, but the Christians believe that Jesus was and is the promised Messiah. Jesus endured life as a human being in order to save mankind and women kind from their sins. He is the savior.

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