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Bill repeals ACA taxes

Bill repeals ACA taxes

After much debate and anxiety over proposed taxes and the Affordable Care Act, three ACA taxes were repealed under a recent government spending bill passed early this year, putting an end to some excise taxes, though reinstating others. The “Cadillac Tax” is out. A 40 percent excise tax on high-cost employer-provided health care plans, the tax was originally proposed to take effect in 2018. However, legislation had been twice delayed and was again set to go into effect in 2022….

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Support each other and support your heart health

Support each other and support your heart health

February marks American Heart Month. Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we join forces with others. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. About 90 percent of middle-aged people and…

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Beating the winter blues

Beating the winter blues

The days are shorter, darker. Come late January, the winter months seem to lose the magic of that first snowfall and the cold air is now biting rather than crisp, leaving some of us cooped up inside, brooding. The “winter blues” can be real. National Institutes of Health researchers have been studying this and a more severe type of depression called seasonal affective disorder, SAD, for years. A NIH report explains that shorter days seem to be a main trigger…

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