John D’Alessandro, 50, recently finished a six-week group-counseling and smoking-cessation course, “Clear the Air,” at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. It has helped the two-pack-a-day smoker cut his use in half.
Costs for employer-based health insurance continued their gradual ascent this year, with the average annual price of family coverage rising 4 percent to $16,351 and single coverage ticking up 5 percent to just under $6,000, according to a new report released Tuesday.
The federal government announced $67 million in awards Thursday to more than 100 groups nationwide, including 10 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, to help people enroll in the health insurance marketplaces scheduled to begin operation Oct. 1.
Carmen Mendez, 62, rarely went without health insurance over 25 years as a child care worker in the city. But after starting a new job in early 2012, she missed the company’s open enrollment period and her coverage lapsed. And before she could get enrolled, she fell ill with colon cancer.
The 45-minute film, Project Scleroderma: Beneath the Surface, which took two years and $40,000 to make, is narrated by comedian Bob Saget, who lost his sister to scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease involving the skin.
A study called “Dance for Health: Increasing Fitness and Fun in the Community,” which won first prize against 35 others at the 29th annual pediatric nursing conference in Center City last weekend, invited children and their families to a weekly dance class for five weeks.