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Here are the most important dates for 2015 coverage:

December 15, 2014: The last date to enroll for coverage that starts January 1, 2015

December 31, 2014: Date when all 2014 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled

January 1, 2015: The date 2015 coverage can start if you apply by December 15, 2014, or if you accept automatic enrollment in your 2014 plan or a similar plan

February 15, 2015: The last day to enroll in 2015 coverage. If you miss this deadline, you can't sign up for a health plan inside or outside the Marketplace for the rest of 2015. The only exception is if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Ebola Factsheets

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Diabetes and DairyVideo (HealthDay)

Early Trial Promising for Ebola Vaccine (HealthDay) Injections appear safe, but one expert is betting on a different approach

Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows (HealthDay) Largest number of obesity-related cancers diagnosed in North America and Europe, researchers report

Drugs carry serious risks, and most infants, toddlers recover with rest and extra care
Marriage and Heart HealthVideo (HealthDay)

December 2014 is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Health Literacy Month

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.

Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month.  The group encourages everyone to consider if the toys they wish to give suits the age and individual skills and abilities of the individual child who will receive it, especially for infants and children under age three.

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes
From the Centers for Disease Control:
"New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes is an on-line resource that uses stories about African Americans with diabetes to help group leaders lead discussions about the emotional side of living with diabetes, and help people with diabetes identify family and social support needs and develop goal setting, positive coping and problem solving skills. New Beginnings can be used to supplement diabetes self-management education sessions and in diabetes support groups."

Access the guide, worksheets, handouts and promotional materials: http://1.usa.gov/1jYW6z3

The American Cancer Society
is recruiting men and women across Shreveport-Bossier area for a landmark research study called Cancer Prevention Study -3 (CPS-3).

ACS

What if you could make it so just one family never had to hear the words "you have cancer?" Now you can. This year our community has a unique opportunity to make an impact on the lives of many, and the American Cancer Society urges you to join and sign up today. Anyone can visit www.cps3northla.org and schedule an appointment today to reserve a spot to participate in CPS-3.

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