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The Eye Opener – Prevent Sports Injuries

September 13, 2010 Every year there are over 40,000 eye injuries due to sports in the United States.  Baseball accounts for many injuries in children between the ages of 6 and 14 years.  In children ages 15-24 eye injuries can be caused by basketball.  It is estimated that most if these injuries might be prevented…

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The Eye Opener – Scheduling Your Next Eye Exam Is Important

Don’t wait for your next scheduled eye exam if you have……..eye floaters, flashes and spots.  Eye floaters are tiny spots that do just that float around in your field of vision. Although they are annoying, they are quite common. Floaters and spots are small pieces of the eye’s gel-like vitreous that break loose within the…

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The Eye Opener – Summer Fun and the Summer Sun

  Most people routinely cover their bodies with sunscreen when heading off to the beach, but have you considered the effect the sun has on your eyes?  Studies have shown that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, growths on the eye, and eye cancer.  Not only is it…

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Health Care Reform Series: Brought to you by Empire BlueCross BlueShield

What does the Early Retiree Reinsurance Subsidy mean to Taft-Hartley Funds and other employers? The Early Retiree Reinsurance Subsidy provides $5 billion to Taft-Hartley Funds and other employers to help them maintain health coverage for early retirees ages 55-64, their spouses, surviving spouses and dependents. Applications are be available from the Department of Health and…

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The Eye Opener – Dilation & Routine Eye Examinations

  DILATION & ROUTINE EYE EXAMINATIONS This is a question that is asked often by patients when they go for a routine eye examination and the doctor recommends that he or she dilate the pupil. Pupil dilation is extremely important because it allows the optometrist to look into the back of the eye. The reason…

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Health & Wellness – Sun Safety Tips

One of the things I enjoy most about summer is that it gets us outdoors to enjoy various activities. Whether it’s for work or fun, this time of year is a good time to keep in mind that skin safety is very important for you and your family. Skin cancer is the most common form…

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Meet Tom Canty

Tom will be hosting this column to share unbiased health insurance industry news.  Tom is the Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield.  As labor, state and local government segment veteran, Tom is no stranger to organizations like yours. We took a few minutes to ask Tom…

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YES WE CAN! – Health Care For Every American

By: Neal Tepel After a year debate and stalling, a deeply divided Congress has passed landmark health care legislation known as H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. Every American will now be provided with health care coverage including the 32 million uninsured Americans.  This ground-breaking legislation will finally…

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