"A reader asks, "Will I be fined for failing to buy health insurance? I am 53 and make $12,000 a year.
"This question was sparked, no doubt, by the much-talked-about individual mandate, which is a central component of the health reform law. With some exceptions, this provision would require all U.S. citizens to purchase health insurance or face a penalty beginning in 2014."
Find out what else Lisa Zamosky of our Health Insurance Navigator blog, has to say about the question and the changes now underway.
Do you think you'll be better off under the new insurance laws in 2014? Why or why not?
"Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) teens and young adults -- particularly females -- are more often punished by school and criminal authorities than are straight youths, a new study suggests. The increased punishment can't be explained by more rule-breaking or law-breaking behavior, find Yale researchers Kathryn Himmelstein and Hanna Bruckner." Follow the link to find out more.
Did you feel like you were punished more as a GLB teen than your straight friends?
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library celebrates Human Rights Day , and you can, too (This is not a WebMD site and we cannot guarantee content). "The Day marks the anniversary of the Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Over the years, a whole network of human rights instruments and mechanisms has been developed to ensure the primacy of human rights and to confront human rights violations wherever they occur."
You can find links to articles and other websites to learn more about this day and the meaning behind it. Have you ever attended a human rights celebration, march, or other event? Please share the story with us if you have one.
December 1st is World AIDS Day , and you can join in by creating your own poster and searching for events in your area, by checking out the World AIDS Campaign website.
Also check out Starbucks and watch the new video my the musical group, The Killers. For each time it's watched on December 1st, Starbucks will contribute 0.05 cents to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa (These are not WebMD sites and we cannot guarantee content).
Today, I'm remembering those lost to AIDS. What are you doing? Is there anyone you'd like to remember and share with us?
Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and for many, the start of the Holiday shopping season. I thought I'd share Thanksgiving recipes, tips, and related stories from all over WebMD.
Do you have a Best and/or Worst Thanksgving story to share? Even if it didn't happen to you, almost everyone has one and they need to be aired! Follow the link to post it on the Food and Cooking Community.
Then take a look at Chef Domenica Catelli's Tasty.Easy.Healthy. blog. Her Thinking Outside the Can offers fresh cranberry sauce and a recipe for Brussels sprouts that aren't stinky! She also has ten tips for a Stress-Free and Delicious Thanksgiving to share. From brining your turkey to setting the table the night before, these are tips to check out.
Do you have some vegetarian friends coming over and you're not sure what to serve them? Try Elaine Magee's Pumpkin Cannelloni for a tasty offering even your non-vegetarian guests will enjoy.
Once Thanksgiving is just a yummy memory, The Healthy Recipe Doctor is ready to help you make sure those Thanksgiving Leftovers are Safe. You don't want your guests don't take home bacteria with their leftovers!
Finally, check out Ron Moser's Family Webicine blog for a funny take on a man who hates shopping. His Black Fridays and Black Moods entry will have you smiling, no matter how early you got up to shop!
"Nov. 10, 2010 --The FDA is proposing new cigarette warning labels that will be larger and more visible on cigarette packages and in advertisements in an effort to reduce the number of tobacco-related illnesses and deaths.
T"he proposed images are graphic: a thin, sickly patient in bed, a breastfeeding mother blowing smoke in the baby's face, a corpse, and a smoker injecting a cigarette in the arm like a hypodermic needle."
I found this article and I thought it might strike a chord with some of you. On October 26th, "More than 15,000 schools and school districts, as well as 5,000-plus colleges and universities, received a critical reminder Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Education: "To put it simply, in this country, we don't believe bullying should exist," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
"To that end, the Department of Education's new guidance makes clear that some student bullying actually violates federal anti-discrimination laws that protect gay, lesbian and transgendered students as well as members of other protected groups." (This is not a WebMD site, and we cannot guarantee content).
Were you bullied in school because of being GLBTT? Do you think this note is a step in the right direction?
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