Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)

July 31st, 2015

The Internet has benefited the world in many ways but there is one down side, the new mental health diagnosis of “Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD).” IAD was first introduced in 1995 by Ivan Goldberg, M.D. Most people reading this will assume that Internet addiction means being addicted to watching pornography; that is not the case. Internet addiction disorder involves overuse use of a computer, problematic computer use, or pathologic computer use.

The overuse or problematic use include habits such as gaming, social media, watching Internet videos, texting and emailing, or other computer related activities to the point that the computer use interferes with normal life. A study published by Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (2014) suggests that prevalence of Internet addiction disorder varies considerably among countries and is inversely related to quality of life.

To determine if a loved one has Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), they should be tested by a professional. The Internet Addiction Test (IAT) has been found to be a reliable test in determining if a person suffers from IAD.

If your insurance company denies coverage and you want to appeal the decision, contact HealthCare Advocates.

Enrollment in Obamacare is Up

June 29th, 2015

Nationally, the number of uninsured dropped by 5.2% since Obamacare began.

2014 Pennsylvania: 287,057
2015 Pennsylvania: 427, 454

2014 New Jersey: 137,634
2015 New Jersey: 20,8467

Supreme Court Decision on Subsidies

June 25th, 2015

Great news! The Supreme Court has confirmed that if you qualify, you can still get financial help to lower the costs of your health care no matter where you live.

A Supreme Court Decision May Strip Health Insurance Subsidies for Millions

June 23rd, 2015

A decision is expected soon in King v. Burwell. If overturned, millions of Americans will lose healthcare subsidies. See the full story:
http://news.yahoo.com/affordable-care-act-obamacare-supreme-court-case-katie-couric-explains-133916203.html

PANDAS and CIGNA

June 19th, 2015

HealthCare Advocates’ research indicates that in its experience, CIGNA denies IVIG therapy for PANDAS (or PANS) more than other insurance companies. If your child has been denied IVIG for PANDAS, contact us.

New York Taxes Healthcare

April 28th, 2015

America was built, in part, on burdensome taxation. An now the state of New York taxes healthcare:
http://www.whec.com/article/stories/s3523004.shtml

Obamacare Subsidy at Risk

March 5th, 2015

Will you lose your Obamacare subsidy?
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/02/24/us/politics/ap-us-health-overhaul-burwell.html?_r=0

Anthem Insurance Hacked

February 5th, 2015

Anthem insurance company is the most recent victim of a cyber attack. User files were compromised. http://www.anthemfacts.com/

Manual vs Electric Toothbrush

February 2nd, 2015

Certain types of electric toothbrushes may be better at fighting plaque and gum diseasefighting plaque and gum disease than manual toothbrushes, say British researchers.
Read the full study: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20050419/study-advantage-seen-in-electric-toothbrushes

Aetna HIV Lawsuit

December 23rd, 2014

Aetna being sued: HIV-positive members are suing Aetna to stop it from instituting a new policy that members say threatens their health and privacy, according to a class action lawsuit filed in California federal court.