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PHOTO: While online enrollment for health care plans is convenient, studies indicate that people navigating the insurance world for the first time tend to do better and make better decisions with in-person assistance. Image courtesy of HealthCare.gov.

LANSING, Mich. - The second open enrollment period for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will get underway soon, and more help is on the way to connect Michiganders with the information they need to make crucial health decisions. Anne Filipic is the president of Enroll Amer ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota leaders in law enforcement, gun safety and domestic violence prevention gathered Monday for a roundtable with former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. Photo credit: Bill Morrow/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - Former U.S. congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords was in Minnesota on Monday, touting the need for stronger laws to protect women from gun violence by stalkers and abusers. Giffords was joined by leaders in law enforcement, gun safety, and domestic violence preventio ...Read More

PHOTO: A secure retirement in today's volatile world takes years of careful planning, which is why Michigan credit unions start the process early, working with school kids and adults on financial education topics for all stages of life. Photo credit: wax115/morguefile.com.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - It's national "Save for Retirement Week," and many Michigan credit unions are taking part in special events and hosting seminars across the state. But they also say this is something they prepare their members for every day, beginning as early as childhood. Financial educa ...Read More

PHOTO: Dr. Corey Iqbal holds 1-month-old twins Kerlin and Orlando Morales-Botello, the first patients at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to undergo a state-of-the-art procedure to treat a potentially fatal complication while in-utero. Photo courtesy of J. Salazar.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When a family is expecting twins, the joy is multiplied, but so are the potential complications. That's why one Missouri hospital is now leading the way with a potentially life-saving procedure performed before the babies are born. Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome is a ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report on the federal budget and North Dakota finds a 68 percent increase in federal taxes paid per capita over the past five years. Photo credit: StockMonkeys.com.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The amount of federal tax dollars flowing out of North Dakota continues its dramatic rise, according to the latest analysis of local impacts of the federal budget. Becky Sweger, director of data and technology for the National Priorities Project, says her group’s State ...Read More

Photo: Those who receive Medicare benefits can now update their prescription coverage under Part "D". Phone by GDNS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The signup period is open to enroll in or make changes in Medicare Part "D" prescription coverage. People age 65 and older on Medicare can decide to add the additional coverage. "If you love your Medicare Part D plan, and it's meeting all your medical needs, you can go ahead and ...Read More

PHOTO: A recently released  study from AAA indicates that many of the new hands-free technology systems may be much more distracting than most drivers think they are. (Photo courtesy of AAA)

MADISON, Wis. – A recently released study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) shows three out of four drivers believe hands-free technology in their car is safe to use, but that may not always be the case. Nick Jarmusz, public affairs director for AAA-Wisconsin, says a study was j ...Read More

PHOTO: A mammography offers the best tool to detect breast cancer early, increasing treatment options and improving odds of survival. Photo credit: Army Medicine/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - Women across North Dakota are being reminded of the importance of early detection for the successful treatment of breast cancer on this National Mammography Day. Barbara Steiner, clinical coordinator, Woman's Way, North Dakota Department of Health, says the sooner a tumor is discove ...Read More

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