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October 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Gains in Massachusetts healthcare coverage
Health Care For All’s blog shows that, from December 2013 through July 2014, enrollment in both commercial and public plans in Massachusetts increased by 292,656 members – a 5.3% jump. According to the blog, “(T) he expansion in coverage comes from an increase in subsidized coverage through MassHealth.”

And gains in Latino coverage nationwide
A new report by the Commonwealth Institute states that the percentage of Latinos in the US without health insurance has dropped from 36 to 23 percent since the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As discussed on the Community Catalyst blog, the report found that Latinos were more likely than whites to enroll in a plan on the ACA exchanges, and most Latinos who enrolled were previously uninsured. 

Can “brain games” help seniors?
Many neuroscientists are skeptical that “brain training” games can counteract the mental deficits that are common with aging. Still, some companies are betting that video games have the potential to improve memory, cognition, and overall brain function.

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