by Nancy Anness
In roughly one week, Tennessee politicians will have an opportunity to vote for a plan that could drastically improve the health of women in the state.
On February 2, the Tennessee legislature will discuss Insure Tennessee, Governor Haslam’s plan that would enable about 200,000 Tennesseans to afford health insurance. According to a report from the Center for Business and Economic Research at UT, Knoxville, a little less than half of the people who would qualify are women.
Having worked as a nurse for about three decades, I have seen how the lack of access to care can harm women and […] Read More
by Sandy Dimick
Are you or is someone you know not enrolled in a health plan yet?
We’re midway through the Open Enrollment period for 2015 health coverage. Two Open Enrollment deadlines have already passed, but as we prepare to bring in a New Year, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the two remaining 2015 deadlines, Jan. 15 and Feb. 15.
Numerous available free resources and educational websites, such as www.getcoveredtenn.org and www.accessbettercoverage.org, can help provide you with the answers you need to ensure that you are choosing the right health coverage for yourself and your loved ones.
After reviewing the Access Better […] Read More
Infomercial doyenne Cathy Mitchell feels like an old friend. The red-headed grandmotherly food expert has been haunting late-night TV for years, hawking a variety of cooking gadgets, most notably this panini-press type of machine that makes apple pie filling smooshed between two pieces of white bread seem like an admirable life goal.
When you’re up at 2 or 3 in the morning with chronic insomnia, it’s either Pinterest or Cathy Mitchell.
I know there are many famous leaders and geniuses who are said to have gotten by/are getting by on very little sleep: Barack Obama, six hours or less; […] Read More
by Elizabeth B. Hickman
Do you consider yourself organized or a good planner? Most of us do – women tend to be planners and caretakers. Have you planned for what happens to you, your personal belongings, hard-earned retirement accounts, family heirlooms, pets, children or real estate should you suddenly “not be with us” as my mother puts it? Or what if you’re single and suddenly injured and hospitalized for two months and unable to speak or handle paying your bills or running your business? What if your husband was in that same accident?
Too often people only think about estate planning as […] Read More
by Anne Moore, DNP, APN, FAANP
We now know that infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is what causes almost all cases (99%) of cervical cancer. Fortunately, there is a primary prevention option available to fight this disease…the HPV vaccine. Two FDA approved vaccines are available in the U.S. targeting the most common strains of HPV associated with cervical cancer.
The CDC estimates that approximately 27,000 cancers (including the cervix, vagina, and vulva) are related to HPV each year. Unfortunately, many women are reluctant to get the vaccine or are unaware of its availability. There has been some negative and false information […] Read More
by Libby Krause
As I prepared for the birth of my first child in 2010, I had big plans for being a work-at-home mom. I started a business in 2009 and had a grand vision of caring for my daughter full-time while also working full-time. Within three months of her birth, I faced the humbling truth that despite my determination to do it all, I could not. I have spent much of the nearly four years since learning to find balance between my career and my family because although I cannot do it all, I greatly value both facets of my […] Read More
by Leah C. Jennings
While a quick trip to the nearest grocery store may take some a few minutes, for other folks, they aren’t so lucky. Unfortunately, there are pockets across the United States where the nearest grocery store includes long bus rides, bus transfers and a lot of time, limiting access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy food.
For those of you who face this reality, here’s some hope for you: You can still eat great food with a little planning:
Make a plan. Take some time each week to plan what you want to eat the following week. With a […] Read More
by Norma Shirk
The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) has changed how Americans receive health care and many of the changes directly benefit women.
For example, the “preventive care” category was designed to help women and their children. Preventive care is 100% covered by insurance, so the patient does not owe a deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance. Preventive care for women means they can get annual physical exams with mams and paps at no charge to them. In addition, birth control services for women are 100% covered by insurance.
Preventive care for children includes “well baby” coverage for infants up to one year […] Read More
by Ellen Margulies
Can we talk?
I lost a personal hero this week when Joan Rivers died. At 81, the infamously rapier-tongued comic apparently died from complications after a minor medical procedure. As an avid watcher of her Friday night show “Fashion Police” and a long-time admirer, I was shocked.
First of all, 81 doesn’t seem that old to me anymore. That’s how old my dad is, and I’m hoping he’ll be around for a long time to come. Secondly, she — much like my parents — was still vibrant and sharp and constantly busy. She had just taped […] Read More
By Ellen Margulies
Emma and Maggie are BFFs who go back to high school days. When Maggie had marital troubles during her third trimester and kicked the bum out, Emma quit her high-powered job in China and moved back to the states and into Maggie’s house, where she will help raise the baby.
The girls are tight; they’re a family. And they’re at the center of a great new show on the USA network called “Playing House.” I encourage you to watch it when the next season rolls around because, honestly, it’s just a really funny, well-written, well-acted show. […] Read More