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Selections from What’s Trending This Week — March 13, 2015

mc1. MILESTONES:

McAuliffe: Virginia Hitting Healthcare Milestones

This week, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that more than 384,000 Virginians have signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange and 208,000 of those are new enrollments from this year.

McAuliffe, during his visit to the VCU School of Dentistry, also announced the launch of a program that offers more dental benefits to low-income pregnant women. Just this month, 45,000 women gained full access to cleanings, fillings and rides to appointments.

Remember for those who missed a chance at signing up for coverage during the open enrollment period, there’s another chance to enroll. A special enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 will benefit certain residents who may face tax penalties when filing their 2014 taxes due to their coverage status.


eas2. MEETINGS:

Association Hosts Enrollment Assister Summit

This week, the Association hosted a full house of IPAs and CACs at the Enrollment Assister Summit, focusing on tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

For those who attended, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and learned plenty to kick off the next enrollment period!


color3. MANDALAS:

Coloring Can Help Combat Stress in Adults

For most, coloring is an activity that is associated with childhood and blossoming creativity. But, don’t put down the crayons and colored pencils just yet new trends have brought about the idea that coloring can be beneficial for adults, too!

Coloring generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. To give it a try, we suggest visiting Color Mandala for printable patterns and online coloring. Specifically, coloring mandalas (with their circular designs and concentric shapes) helps to activate both cerebral hemispheres; we use logic, creativity, and fine motor skills all at once.