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Medicaid Enrollment Shows Continued Growth in May

By Cindy Mann
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Deputy Administrator
Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services Director

Medicaid enrollment continues to increase all across the country, especially in those states that have expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act.

As of the end of May, 6.7 million more individuals were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as compared to the baseline period from July through September 2013, an increase of 11.4 percent. That includes more than 920,000 additional people enrolled in May as compared to April in the 48 states and the District of Columbia that reported data.

As we've seen for months, growth was more pronounced in 26 states (including the District of Columbia) that had adopted and implemented the Medicaid expansion by the end of May. Enrollment in those states rose by 17 percent, while states that have not expanded reported only a 3 percent increase.

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Straight-Up Talk About Testosterone

By Dr. Salvatore J. Giorgianni and Dr. Stephen M. Giorgianni

It's almost impossible to turn on the TV or open a newspaper (or website) without hearing about testosterone deficiency in men. We're barraged with information that ranges from scientifically correct concerns about a very real medical condition, to completely unsubstantiated claims about "miracle" supplements that promise to do everything from improving a man's mood and sex drive to giving him a body that would rival that of his favorite action hero. On the other hand, clinicians (and, in some cases, the FDA) are concerned about overuse of testosterone treatments, the effects of testosterone supplements on men and boys who don't have a testosterone problem, and the overall value and safety of these treatments.

Men and boys are wise to be concerned about their testosterone levels, and health policy makers are right to be concerned about inappropriate uses and practices. But with all the contradictory—and sometimes alarmist—information out there, many men and boys are scared away or feel uncomfortable about getting the help they need.

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Three Double Date Ideas for Dog Lovers

First Dates with Your Canine Companions are Great Ice-Breakers, Says Online Matchmaking CEO

Are you looking for an afternoon or evening out that's both fun and different? Try taking your best friend on a double date, says avid dog lover Kris Rotonda, CEO of www.YouMustLoveDogsDating.com.

"If you really want to get to know someone you're dating, then have them meet your cherished live-in companion, your dog – or, in my case, dogs," says Rotonda, who runs a dating site for singles who love dogs.

"Better yet, if your date has a dog, too, why not double date with your dogs?" says Rotonda's girlfriend, Denise Fernandez. "It's an effective, natural and unpretentious way of getting to know each other and the significant four-legged others in your life."

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