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86-Year-Old Man Dies Five Days After Authoring Daily Beast Article

DailyBeastLogoThe headline, initially glimpsed on its own, invites natural skepticism. It reads: “My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare.” But once you click through and read the sub-headline, there is absolutely no confusion or doubt:

Malcolm MacDougall, a prominent speechwriter and creative director, was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year. Even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, his insurance company delayed and denied cancer treatments despite MacDougall paying his premiums. This is his story, in his own words, written five days before he died.

Tragically and incredibly, MacDougall wrote the article from Lenox Hill Hospital, in-between emergency tests and treatments for prostate cancer, following an erroneous decision by his health plan nurse to overrule a doctor’s recommendation. For anyone who has been mired in a health plan bureaucratic nightmare, the details are going to sound familiar, minus the terrible final price paid by MacDougall:

For example, when I asked the broker who sold the policy why my primary-care physician, Dr. David McIntosh, appears on the MagnaCare website listing in-network providers, he explained that I had used “the wrong code.” He said I had used the “099 code” instead of he “699 code.” Apparently, it is a very secret code because it had never been given to me. Subject closed.

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The Glamour Beauty Editor Who Became a Dermatologist

DrGeraghtyHow does someone go from a career in east coast magazine publishing to a career in west coast dermatology? This was the obvious first question when Becky Bach, a media relations and digital strategist for the Stanford Medical School, recently spoke with Dr. Laurel Naversen Geraghty (pictured).

From 1999 to 2004, Geraghty worked on the editorial side of Hearst and Condé Nast, rising to the perch of senior beauty editor at Glamour magazine. She also was an editor with Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and Women Sports and Fitness:

“Once, after I wrote an article about skin cancer for Glamour, the magazine received over 50 reader letters saying, “You helped me find my skin cancer!” That is incredibly rewarding. Skin care was one of my beats, and the more I covered dermatology and medicine, the more I found myself missing science. And I decided to make a radical change to explore that interest.”

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Arianna Huffington Reveals ‘Incontrovertible’ Bedroom Policy

You might think that something called the Aspen Ideas Festival – and anyone invited to speak at it – resides figuratively far from the problems of the daily masses. But apparently not.

Per the New York Observer‘s Jordan Valinsky, Arianna Huffington had this to say on opening night about the issue of bringing Smartphones, iPads and the like to bed:

After bragging that she only has “real books” in her bed, Ms. Huffington said she has eliminated electronics from her bedroom and that decision is “incontrovertible…”

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Longtime WCBS/Channel 2 Reporter Pablo Guzman Sidelined With Blood Clots in Foot

Astute WCBS-TV news viewers have noticed Pablo Guzman is missing. The popular reporter, who joined Channel 2 in 1995, remains on the station’s Web site.

After reaching out to WCBS for a comment, FishbowlNY was pleasantly surprised when Guzman called to explain his M.I.A status.

He’s been suffering from blood clots in the leg, keeping him off the air since June.

“I can’t chase after people in the street,” Guzman tells FishbowlNY exclusively. “I can’t run up and down six flights of stairs. A lot of what we do in the street, I can’t do.”

Guzman’s left foot is double the size of his right foot.  So Guzman is convalescing at home, which is no easy feat for him.

“I have not been out of work since I was 13,” Guzman says.

A two-time New York Emmy Award winner, Guzman misses his colleagues and the ability to communicate a story to viewers. However, that would not have applied to covering one particular tragedy.

“I could not have done that Newtown [story],” Guzman says. “I would have broken up.”

Guzman, 62, says WCBS management is hoping to keep the street-savvy reporter in their future plans.

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Former WNYW Reporter Anne Craig Reveals She’s Pregnant

Anne Craig, the bubbly WNYW entertainment reporter who left the station in 2011 for morning news anchoring at the ABC affiliate in Hartford, is ready to deliver her biggest story—she’s pregnant!

But that’s only half the story.

Craig, 38, has gone through a litany of agony that included four failed in-vitro fertilizations, two miscarriages, and a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy that required chemotherapy. Craig was told she would never be able to carry her own child.

“A true miracle that took us by surprise!” A beaming Craig tells FishbowlNY.

She made the announcement on Good Morning Connecticut today. An extremely personal crisis that has become the ultimate Silver Linings Playbook, Craig had to share it with viewers.

“I wanted to be very honest about my journey to pregnancy as I know millions of woman and couples are going through the same emotional battle,” Craig says. ”Infertility is often underreported and Hollywood headlines of pregnancy after 40 makes it all look so easy. I wanted to offer my story as a way to let couples know they are not alone and to keep the faith.”

Hardly a Good Day , Rosanna Scotto Leaves Early with the Flu

No one is ammune to the flu. From Hollywood, where Golden Globe winners Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence were still feeling the effects, to New York, where the epidemic went to war with an anchor.

Fox 5′s Rosanna Scotto was the ultimate trouper yesterday. The Good Day New York co-anchor showed up for work despite clearly in a “flu fog.”

Scotto, who was congested and weakened, told her on-air partner Dave Price that she already had a flu shot.

“It isn’t doing it. You’ve got an IV of tea,” Price said.

Scotto said she rested all weekend in an effort to give it the “college try.” However, seeing her struggle to deliver the news, while spreading germs to others, Price encouraged Scotto to leave early.

He was going to ask New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, a guest in the 8 a.m. hour, if Scotto was healthy enough to stay.

“You need to promise us, if he says you should go home, you go home and get better,” Price said.

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WPIX Provides Special Childhood Obesity Week Programming

Channel 11 is using its PIX Morning News to help shine a light on the epidemic of obesity among children. The Centers for Disease Control says there has been a dramatic rise in the last 30 years, with the number of overweight youngsters more than tripling.

WPIX is teaming up with Cohen Children’s Medical Center to provide awareness, while empowering families. Running all week, WPIX will air special features in the 7 a.m. hour this week.

Among the topics to be discussed: On Monday, with 10 percent of children having too much fat in their liver, reporter Ellyn Marks examines fatty liver disease with the chief pediatric gastroenterologist at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

On Tuesday, WPIX will explore the growing trend of Type 2 diabetes among young children.  Other areas to be focused on this week include weight management and sleep apnea.

Nick Cannon, Former NOW Morning Host, Battling Autoimmune Disease

As we reported last month that Nick Cannon walked away from his morning gig with NOW FM/WXRK to deal with his health concerns. Cannon, the husband of Mariah Carey and recent father of twins, had been hospitalized in January with mild kidney failure. Several weeks later he suffered from blood clots in his lungs.

Now the health picture is coming into sharper focus.

Cannon tells People magazine that he has a lupus-like autoimmune disease. He adds that it doesn’t appear to be hereditary as “no one else in my family has it.”

He told People that the blood clots were the scariest with which to deal.

“I’ve known people who have passed away from that,” Cannon says.

Doctors found that the clots were directly linked to his kidney infection. His kidney problems, in turn, were a result of the autoimmune disease.  While he says that everything is in order now, he was told by doctors that the kidney condition is “something I’m going to be living with all my life.”

Cannon, 31, who still hosted America’s Got Talent on NBC, is setting his sights on recovery.

“I feel blessed to be alive,” Cannon told People. “If it wasn’t discovered, I don’t know [what would have happened].” 

More Healthcare Options for Freelancers – Union Receives $340 Million

This could be good news for all of those uninsured freelancers out there.

Freelancers Union, a membership organization of about 170,000 independent workers, is launching a nonprofit, consumer-run health plan in New York.

The initiative is funded by $174 million in low-interest and no-interest federal loans. The insurance plans are being billed as “consumer operated and oriented plans,” or CO-OP, that aim to be more affordable, more accessible, and more responsive to the needs of all workers.

The Freelancers Union-sponsored CO-OP plans – part of the Affordable Care Act – will also be available in New Jersey and Oregon. They are slated to begin enrollment, pretty soon, in Fall 2013, and begin offering benefits in January 2014. The total federal loan investment for the three states is $340 million.

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92.3 NOW Morning Host Nick Cannon Set to Return Next Week

Nick Cannon, hospitalized in Los Angeles with mild kidney failure, is set to return as 92.3 NOW/WXRK morning host. According to Cannon’s Website, he will back at the mic Tuesday.

His personal page also says Cannon, who also hosts NBC’s America’s Got Talent, was released from the hospital over the weekend kidney surgery.

Cannon, 31, is married to Mariah Carey. The couple had twins in 2011.

There’s no word if Cannon will host the show from California while he convalscences.

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