On a day when the average American will consume over 4,500 calories according to the Calorie Control Council, it’s vital to have a plan in place if you want to have a great holiday without packing on the pounds. Here’s how you can jump-start your motivation for a healthy and active holiday season.
Go green: One of the most important tricks for staying below your Thanksgiving meal's calorie allowance while still feeling full is to put plenty of low-calorie, nutritious vegetables on your plate. Fill up on healthy cooked veggies before digging into anything else on the table it will help keep your appetite at bay, and prevent you from overeating more calorie-rich options down the line.
The answer is, not really. The early ACA numbers are in, and they’re looking pretty grim. More than a month into the rollout of Obamacare, and only 106,185 people have chosen a private health insurance plan using the health care reform law's exchanges, according to a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, which represents the first time the Obama administration has given enrollment figures.
This represents a tiny fraction of the target achieved which was to have 7 million Americans in private insurance and 9 million Americans on Medicaid by March 31st. Of those 106,185 who have selected a plan, not all have paid for it. You’re only enrolled once you’ve paid for a plan, and according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius people might be waiting to pay their first premium since the deadline isn’t until Dec 15th.
For many people seeking prescription drug discounts, one of the most bewildering concerns revolves around the cost of prescription drugs. A few of the most common questions include:
“Why is it that some of my medications are mind-bogglingly expensive while others are cheap, or at least reasonably-priced?”
“Why isn’t my medication covered?”
“When will my medication get a generic version and become cheaper?”
“Do I get discounts through USA Rx on generic drugs, too?”
“Can I use my USA Rx card for discounts on drugs that are excluded by my insurance company?”
Let’s take these questions one at a time:
1. Why is it that some of my medications are expensive while others are not?
As you probably remember from your High School economics courses, there isn’t a simple, cut-and-dried answer to this question. Even so, here are a few things to keep in mind about the cost of prescription drugs as you search for prescription drug discounts.
Richard G. Frank, Professor of Health Economics at Harvard University, pointed out that “a bewildering range of prices that can exist for the exact same pill. These vary according to one’s insurance coverage, place of purchase (drugstore versus mail order), and the organizational arrangements under which a pharmacy benefit is administered.” And this isn’t even a complete list.
There are a number of additional factors that influence the cost of prescription drugs. To better understand, it may help you to think of prescription drugs being divided into four different types: Generic Drugs, Preferred Drugs, Other Drugs with Preferred or Generic Equivalents, and Specialty Drugs.