Hotline – Election Day Closure

ATTENTION: HealthWell Foundation’s hotline will be closed on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to allow our contact center team the flexibility to safely vote. The hotline will re-open on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. We encourage you to continue to use our Patient, Pharmacy and Provider Portals during this time.  Please note: if you are contacting us about a payment or grant, it is faster to email us at grants@healthwellfoundation.org.  The HealthWell Team.

 

 

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By Linda Barlow  |  Feb 10, 2015

With Great Health Comes Great Responsibility

Accountability. As children, we are taught that our actions have consequences and that we must be responsible for our own behaviors if we are to live as free and independent adults. This simple life lesson has been shaping the healthcare landscape for some time now as hospitals, individual clinicians and…more.

By Linda Barlow  |  Dec 22, 2014

Tough Choices Await ACA Exchange Applicants

After more than two decades of being covered under employer-sponsored medical plans, my consultant husband and I (a freelance writer) are now in the position of having to purchase our own health coverage. We both have found the online Health Insurance Marketplace fairly easy to navigate. After entering our zip…more.

By Vanessa Merta, Science Blogger  |  Dec 11, 2014

Truth in Labeling: Your Vending Machine Is about to Guide Your Diet

Does menu labeling cause consumers to make healthier choices? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration thinks so. A few weeks ago, the FDA finalized two regulations that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandated in 2010.  The announcement issued on November 25, 2014 requires calorie information be listed on…more.

Categories: General
By Vanessa Merta, Science Blogger  |  Nov 11, 2014

A Proper Diagnosis Shouldn’t Require a Doctor Scavenger Hunt. Here Are Tips to Help Your Doctor Find an Answer

Have you or someone you know been passed from doctor to doctor without a resulting diagnosis? According to Tufts University School of Medicine, the prevalence of undiagnosed diseases is significant, even for common chronic diseases.  A disease as common as depression, which is estimated to effect two to four percent…more.

By David Sheon  |  Oct 2, 2014

Inspiring Older Patients to Seek Online Communities: How the National Osteoporosis Foundation Engages Over 19,000 Middle-Aged and Senior Women and Men

By David Sheon   When it comes to talking about health, online communities are turning shades of gray. Websites hosting online patient communities, such as Inspire.com, are bringing seniors together on a common platform where they can learn about their condition from other patients in similar situations.  Inspire offers discussion…more.

By Vanessa Merta, Science Blogger  |  Sep 22, 2014

How New Apps and Technology Create a New Central Nervous System for MS Patients: A Look at the Current State of Online Disease Management

By Vanessa Merta, Science Blogger With over two million people suffering from multiple sclerosis and a cure for the debilitating autoimmune disease remaining illusive, patients are using new technologies to improve how they manage the disease. By leveraging web-based technologies and smart phones, patients have new weapons to improve their…more.

Categories: General
By Nathan Sheon, Intern, Real World Health Care  |  Sep 8, 2014

New App Makes Diabetes Care Delivery a Whole New Ballgame

A father brings his son to a baseball game. The day is nice, the weather is good, but there’s one problem: the boy has Type 1 diabetes, and they forgot his test strips. Do they leave the game for home or a pharmacy? Do they wing it, risking the boy’s…more.

Categories: Access to Care, General
By Nathan Sheon, Intern, Real World Health Care  |  Jul 16, 2014

UV Safety Month: Shedding Light on Melanoma Treatment and Prevention

In 2014, an approximate 77,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma, culminating in nearly 10,000 deaths. Every eight minutes, an American is diagnosed with melanoma, and every hour, an American dies from it. Despite accounting for only four percent of all skin cancer cases, melanoma results in 80 percent of…more.

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