Premiums rise slightly with young-adults provision

Letting young adults stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26 will nudge premiums nearly 1 percent higher for employer plans, the government said in an estimate released Monday.

The coverage requirement, effective starting later this year, is one of the most anticipated early benefits of President Obama’s new health care law. Many insurers have already started offering extended coverage to families who purchase their coverage directly. And employers say parents have flooded their benefits departments with questions.


Militia members ordered to stay in jail pending decision

An appeals court has ruled nine members of a Michigan militia must stay locked up while the government challenges an order that would release them until trial.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said Monday it was continuing a temporary stay of a Detroit federal judge’s decision to free the Hutaree members pending trial.

They’re charged with conspiracy to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the government.

The decision is at least a temporary victory for prosecutors, who claim the nine are a risk to the public.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts had ordered electronic monitors and set many strict conditions for their release from jail. The militia members have been in custody since late March.


Vitamin D recommendation for older adults is too small

Older adults need up to twice the amount of vitamin D than is typically recommended, according to guidelines released Monday by the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

Concluding a meeting in Switzerland, the group urged adults, defined by this group as 65 and older, to aim for a 25-OHD blood level — the primary marker for vitamin D in the blood — of 75 nanomoles per liter. To reach that level, one would need an intake of 20 to 25 micrograms per day (or 800 to 1,000 international units) of vitamin D.


Woman mauled by chimp evaluated for face transplant

A Connecticut woman mauled and blinded by a chimpanzee is undergoing a preliminary evaluation to determine if she is a potential candidate for a face and hand transplant at a Harvard-affliated hospital.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital issued a statement Monday saying Charla Nash will be at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital for a couple of days for the evaluation. A decision is not expected for months.

“I’m cautiously optimistic right now,” plastic surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, who led the team that performed the nation’s second face transplant last year, told The Associated Press. “It is certainly very, very challenging, but that’s what we like.”

Nash moved last week from the Cleveland Clinic to a Boston-area assisted-living center, where she plans to continue rehabilitation and hopes for more reconstructive surgery. The family’s keeping her location private.

The 200-pound pet chimpanzee went berserk in February 2009 after its owner asked Nash to help lure it back into her house in Stamford.



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