St. Jude has picked up $1.7 million in federal grant funding for its St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study.
Begun in 2007, the study hopes to identify a large group of pediatric cancer survivors and track health outcomes over the course of their lives. The larger purpose: to gain insight into the long-term effects of the illness and treatments used on children.
The study is currently made up of patients age 18 and older who got their diagnosis at least 10 years ago. The new funding will help expand the scope of the study to those diagnosed between five and 10 years ago, as well.
Some of the funding will also go toward meals, housing and the transportation of patients.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 231,440 Tennesseans enrolled in or renewed coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace as of February 22.
The agency also says that even though open enrollment has ended, there’s a new time-limited special enrollment period for this year’s tax-filing season.
Between March 15 and April 30, uninsured Tennesseans who are subject to the fine for not having health coverage because they didn’t understand how it would affect them have another chance to enroll in a plan for 2015. Families or individuals who meet certain income requirements or other circumstances may also qualify for low cost coverage through Tennessee’s TennCare program, which has year-round enrollment.
For question about health coverage or to schedule a free appointment with an enrollment assister, visit www.getcoveredtenn.org or call the hotline at (844) 644-5443.