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The New ACA Insurance Marketplace: Who needs to shop?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace website, ( is where individuals, families, and small businesses can sign up for insurance coverage. To qualify for ACA marketplace coverage, you must live in the U.S., and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. You can’t get coverage if you're in jail.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Women and Pain Meds

Overdose and death from prescription pain killers is a growing problem.

Eighteen women die each day from overdosing on prescription painkillers. For every woman who dies, 30 more go to the ER.

Watch Ask Dr. Sandy for more about the recent findings in prescription abuse.

Dr. Sandy Says: Airport Scanners are Improving

This week on Your Health Matters we explore improvements to body scanner technology used in airport security.

If you think those scanners are unhealthy or violate your privacy, you'll be happy to hear the latest news. Tune in to GPB this weekend for the details.

Here's a quick promo to keep you guessing until then:

The New Healthcare Equation for Insurance Coverage

There should be no confusion about differences between Obamacare and the Affordable care Act (ACA). They are the same.

ACA was signed into law in 2010. The Supreme Court confirmed it. (The Supreme Court did deem the state Medicaid expansion provision requirement optional. Georgia is currently one of the states to opt out. This leaves some low income uninsured Americans without the opportunity to get coverage. We’ll discuss this later.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal Of the Day?

This week on Ask Dr. Sandy:

A new study found alarming results for men who skip breakfast.

They had higher risk of heart attacks and were more likely to die from it.

Watch "Most Important Meal?" for the details.

Dr. Sandy Says: GET TESTED!

HIV can be treated. You can live with it. Just look at Magic Johnson. But first -you have to know you have it.

Over 1 million Americans have HIV. 20 to 25% of them don’t know it.

Testing is vital.

Ready, Set, Insure: ACA Health Insurance Marketplaces are Open for Business

On October 1, 2013, the new ACA healthcare marketplaces opened their doors for enrollment, despite the problems triggered by the government shut down. Although often referred to as exchanges, officially, these are called marketplaces.

The new ACA (Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare) insurance marketplace has gone live. But not without problems- technology glitches are part of a new and complex service.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Tall Women and Cancer

A new study links height and cancer risk.

Researchers found that for every 4-inch increase in height, there was at least a 13% increase in cancer risk.

But why?

Find out on this installment of Ask Dr. Sandy.

Dr. Sandy Says: Regular Eye Exams are More Important Than You May Think

This week on Your Health Matters, Dr. Sandy, stresstes the importance of eye health.

Macular degeneration causes sight loss in the sweet spot, the center of your field of vision.

Tune in to GPB this weekend for helpful tips on preventing macular degeneration from happening to you!

Flu Vaccine May Prevent Heart Attack

Flu season is here. I hope you’ve been vaccinated. A new study in the journal Heart suggests another reason to make sure you have been. Flu vaccination may help prevent heart attacks.

In a study of more than 550 patients, half were hospitalized with a heart attack.

The other half – the control group -- were outpatients, but not for heart attack.