health care

Kentucky’s trans youth dread what state health care ban will mean for them. ‘I’m a human’

From an overflow room in the Kentucky Capitol Annex, Henry Svec, 13, listened to adults explain why kids like him needed to be protected from themselves.

Masses of people had joined Henry, crowding the halls of the Frankfort statehouse on March 2 to protest House Bill 470, a proposal to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth in Kentucky. Up to that point, this type of health care, endorsed by major U.S. medical associations, was legal in the state. The standard of care for prescribing medication that’s considered gender affirming, such as puberty blockers, requires permission from a parent or guardian.

As lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony in favor of the bill, Henry watched the meeting unfold on a projector screen from a room down the hall. Dr. Roger Hiatt, Jr., an Arkansas child and adolescent psychiatry specialist who has publicly supported bills outlawing this

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Northwell Health planning $45M expansion into Yaphank retail, office, residential complex

Northwell Health will become the second-largest anchor among the business tenants at The Boulevard, the $450 million retail, office and residential complex under development along William Floyd Parkway in Yaphank.

The largest health care provider in New York state, Northwell is investing about $45 million for interior construction and equipment to open three facilities — a multispecialty medical office building, an ambulatory surgery center and an urgent care center — in the development in 2024, said Alex Costello, spokesman for the New Hyde Park-based health system.

“Northwell chose the Yaphank location for a few reasons. It’s a good location with incoming real estate development in the area; it works well with our multispecialty campuses in Manorville and Shirley; and it allows us to offer more outpatient services from Peconic Bay Medical Center,” he said.

Northwell’s planned Yaphank facilities also will help it expand services on the East End, Costello said.

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What’s the best health insurance for early retirees?

Although early retirement is a goal for many Americans, fewer than 1% retire before the age of 50, according to a LIMRA study published in 2015. Perhaps somewhat more realistically, a 2023 EBRI/Greenwald Research Retirement Confidence Survey found that 20% of workers say they plan to retire between the ages of 60 and 64.

Christine Simone

Christine Simone is the CEO & co-founder of Caribou, a software solution for the finance industry to include health care costs and plan optimization for financial plans.

One problem with making good on the dream of early retirement is that while Social Security allows individuals to retire — or begin drawing government retirement benefits — at age 62.5, financial advisors commonly define early retirement as any age before 65 — the year at which individuals qualify for Medicare benefits, leaving a potential gap in how to mitigate financial risks related to health care costs.

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