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Keeping Kids Healthy And Sane In A Digital World – from Kaiser Health News

Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depressionlearning disabilities and obesity.

That’s according to a growing body of research emphasizing the physical and psychological dangers of heavy screen use.

“Nobody should spend eight or nine hours doing anything except sleeping and working,” says Dr. Sina Safahieh, medical director of ASPIRE, the teen mental health program run by Hoag Hospital in Orange County, Calif.

Yet for many teenagers, mine included, cellphones and social media are also indispensable tools for planning their social lives, keeping up with schoolwork and staying in touch with out-of-town friends and relatives.

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This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

 

 

Proposed Regulations Expanding Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA) Released

The IRS and U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor and HHS have proposed new regulations for Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), which could expand opportunities for employees and their families to access affordable, quality healthcare.

The proposed regulation would increase the flexibility and use of HRAs by:

  • Allowing HRAs to reimburse employees for individual insurance premiums
  • Allowing employers to offer standalone HRAs of up to $1,800 if certain conditions are met.

These proposed changes would become effective January 1, 2020.

More information to come. If you have questions on how these regulations may impact your plan, give us a call at (520) 721-4848.