On Friday, the Obama administration announced that it had reached an agreement with Oklahoma that would permit that state to continue using federal Medicaid dollars to subsidize private health insurance for low-income workers and require some individuals to find coverage in the ACAs health care exchange. For Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R), the deal represents at least a partial embrace of reform and provides some low-income residents with more affordable coverage. Since 1996, Oklahoma has provided private insurance to low-income individuals who would not have otherwise qualified for Medicaid though a special federal waiver. The program, called Insure Oklahoma, would have expired on Dec. 31, after Oklahoma refused to comply with the ACA and expand Medicaid to 133 percent of the federal poverty line (FPL). Under the new one-year agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, individuals with incomes at or below 100 percent of the FPL would maintain their existing private coverage. But Oklahomans with incomes between 100 and 200 percent of the FPL who had been receiving insurance through Insure Oklahoma will now begin enrolling in the state exchange, where they would receive more comprehensive policies and federal subsidies.
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U.S. yogurt-maker Chobani on Thursday said it is officially recalling certain cups of its Greek yogurt because they may be contaminated with mold, nearly a week after consumer complaints of illness sparked a quiet market withdrawal. Chobani products marked with the code 16-012 and best-buy dates of Sept. 11, 2013 to Oct. 7, 2013 are affected by the voluntary recall. Federal Food and Drug Administration officials are working with the company to remove products from national retail sale, said spokeswoman Tamara Ward. Officials with the Twin Falls, Idaho, firm did not identify the type of mold detected in the products, only saying that it is a kind typically found in a dairy environment. They said they were launching the recall because of “reports of product bloating and swelling and some claims of illness.” The recall includes all flavors Chobani of 3.5-ounce and 6-ounce cups and 16-ounce and 32-ounce tubs. It also includes all flavors of Chobani Bite and Chobani Champions 3.5-ounce cups, all flavors of Chobani Flip 5.3-ounce containers and all flavors of Chobani Champions 2.25-ounce tubes in eight, 16 and 36 count packages. For a complete list of products, see the FDA’s recall notice. “While this type of mold is unlikely to have ill health effects, due to some claims of illness the company has decided to go from voluntarily withdrawing to voluntarily recalling the limited amount of potentially affected product,” company officials wrote on the firm’s Facebook page. Consumers had posted complaints about foul-smelling yogurt or bubbling containers on the Chobani Facebook page and sent complaints to Food Safety News , a consumer website that first reported the withdrawal.
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These lower back pain symptoms include any combination of the following: Difficulty moving that can be severe enough to prevent walking or standing Pain that does not radiate down leg or pain that also moves around to the groin, buttock or upper thigh, but rarely travels below the knee; Pain that tends to be achy and dull Muscle spasms, which can be severe Local soreness upon touch Possible causes: Back Muscle Strain A back muscle strain or ligament strain is one of the most common causes of acute lower back pain. Lifting a heavy object, twisting, or a sudden movement can cause muscles or ligaments stretch or develop microscopic tears. Article continues below With a lower back strain, the severity of the pain ranges from mild discomfort to severe, disabling pain, depending on the extent of strain and the lower back muscle spasms that result from the injury. Back strains often heal on their own with the help of some combination or rest, ice and/or heat application, anti-inflammatory medications, and/or gradual and gentle stretching and lower back exercises. Symptoms: Low back pain that travels to the buttock, leg and foot (sciatica) Sciatica includes any combination of the following symptoms: Pain typically is ongoing (as opposed to flaring up for a few days or weeks and then subsiding) Pain may be worse in the leg and foot than in the lower back Typically felt on one side the buttock or leg only Pain that is usually worse after long periods of standing still or sitting: relieved somewhat when walking More severe (burning, tingling) vs. dull, aching pain May be accompanied by weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot In This Article: Lumbar Herniated Disc Video Sciatica describes the symptoms caused when a nerve root in the lower spine is compressed, causing pain and numbness to travel along the large sciatic nerve that serves the buttocks, legs and feet.
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