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Selections from What’s Trending This Week — January 2, 2015


20151. RESOLUTIONS:

How To Keep Your Goals in the New Year

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, many of us find that they’re hard to keep; according to studies, only about 8 percent of people actually achieve their annual goal.

If you’ve got a history of struggling to maintain your resolutions, take a look at some unconventional ways to keep you motivated and on track with your goals in 2015.


ACA help2. PLANS:

More Than 164,000 Virginians Have Enrolled in Health Plans

More than 164,000 Virginians selected health plans during the first month of open enrollment for Affordable Care Act marketplace coverage in 2015. Nationally, enrollment is estimated to have topped 4 million thus far.

“The numbers look good to me. It’s especially good to see 90,000 new enrollments in the first month of open enrollment,” said Jill Hanken, an attorney with the Virginia Poverty Law Center.

If you have yet to select a plan, there are still six more weeks to do so; open enrollment continues until February 15. For in-person assistance with enrolling for a health plan, visit ACAHelpVa.org.


Source: New York Times
Source: New York Times

3. TRENDS:

This Year’s Flu is Outpacing Those of Recent Years

Nationwide, reports of high flu activity are rampant, with both a large number of cases and many severe ones that require hospitalizations. In all, twenty-two states and Puerto Rico are reporting high flu intensity.

Experts say that this particularly nasty flu season could be due to many factors: an early start to the flu season, with more people sick in December than usual; a strain that tends to make people sicker; a relatively low vaccination rate; and a mismatch between this year’s flu vaccine and the virus that’s making people sick.