Weekly Radio Program Aims to Help Listeners

People are looking to increase their quality of life during both their working years and in retirement. The Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS) educates Americans about issues related to their longer-term health and well-being since good health is the vital component to a person’s productivity and enjoyment throughout life.   At the same time, Americans are living longer than at any time in history, and yet extensive research conducted by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS) indicates that Americans are ill-prepared for long-term retirement and unaware of their need for action, as well as the range of practical steps available to them to begin planning for their financial security.

To assist listeners in their quest for both health and financial security, WYPR produces a weekly evening drive-time segment, “ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth,” which airs on Mondays during NPR’s popular All Things Considered. The new program is underwritten by the Transamerica Institute, as part of its mission to identify, research and educate the public about retirement, health coverage, and other relevant financial issues facing Americans today. 

Program host Greg Tucker will engage Catherine Collinson, the Transamerica Institute’s founding president who also leads TCRS (a foremost expert on the state of retirement readiness in America), and Hector De La Torre, who leads the Transamerica Institute’s TCHS (and is a former California State Assembly member), on the broad range of issues related to financial literacy, retirement, health care, and well-being. 

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Healthy Takes on Soul Food, Episode 1, June 18, 2018

The Transamerica Center for Health Studies has released a new "Healthier Traditions" cookbook. This year they've brought you healthy twists on classic soul food recipes. Hector tells us more. 

Workplace Wellness Programs, March 27, 2018

Hector tells us how employers can best implement workplace wellness programs.

The Good Housekeeping Seal for Physicians and Health Care Plans, February 12, 2018 

Hector walks us through a major accreditation program for physicians, health care plans and medical groups provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The Future of the ACA and Medicaid Expansion, December 18, 2017

Today's Clear Path looks at the expansion of Medicaid for lower income adults and children and how changes to the ACA could impact this coverage. Hector De La Torre tells us more.

Understanding CaregiversNovember 20, 2017

Hector shares some insights from a recent survey about caregivers. 

Healthcare Costs, November 6, 2017

Hector discusses the cost of healthcare.

FYI about Open Enrollment, October 24, 2017

Hector sorts out the essentials of the upcoming open enrollment period. 

Changes to Medicare, October 9, 2017

Hector tells us about a Medicare change that has "nothing to with what you're hearing in Washington." 

Views on Healthcare, September 26, 2017

On today's edition of Clear Path, Hector tells us about the 5th Annual National Survey on Health and Healthcare in America, which gathered consumers' views on healthcare.

All About Open Enrollment, September 11, 2017

Hector tells us what we need to know about different types of plans and options. 

NCQA Accreditation, August 22, 2017

Hector tells us about a major accreditation program for physicians, health care plans and medical groups provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. 

Prescription Drugs, August 8, 2017

Hector talks about prescriptions medications and what things to consider as you sort out the choices in making your health care decisions. 

How to Pick a Provider, July 24, 2017

Hector explains how to pick the provider that's best suited to your circumstance. 

Health Care 101, July 10, 2017 

Continuing our discussion about possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, Hector guides us through some basic information that people need to know. 

The Latest on Medicare, June 26, 2017

Hector and Greg discuss what's on the horizon with Medicare.

The Future of the ACA and Medicaid Expansion, June 19, 2017

Today's Clear Path looks at the expansion of Medicaid for lower income adults and children and how changes to the ACA could impact this coverage.

The Employee Mandate, May 8, 2017

Discussion on the ACA's employee health mandate and how changes to the ACA could impact it.

Possible Changes to the ACA, April 24, 2017

Congressional discussion about changing the Affordable Care Act.

Workplace Wellness Programs, April 10, 2017

Insights as to why only 20 percent of employees participate in wellness programs.

The Future of the ACA and Medicaid Expansion, March 27, 2017

The expansion of Medicaid for lower income adults and children and how changes to the ACA could impact this coverage. 

Changes to Medicaid, March 13, 2017

Changes to ACA could impact millions of Americans. 

The Effect of 'Repeal and Replace, March 6, 2017

Anticipating some changes to the Affordable Care Act.

A Picture of the Uninsured, February 20, 2017

Insights from a TCHS survey, focusing on the 11 percent of Americans who are uninsured.

Employers on the Future of Employees' Healthcare Options, February 6, 2017

TCHS survey results indicate stability employer provided healthcare. 

Sorting Out Healthcare Options, January 23, 2017

Insights on how to choose the best health insurance during this open enrollment period.

The Future of the ACA, December 26, 2016

What the fate of the ACA could be with the new Administration and Congress.

A Portrait of the Uninsured December 12, 2016

A Transamerica Center for Health Studies Survey found that 11 percent of Americans are without health insurance. 

Consumers and Employers Healthcare IQ, November 28, 2016

Knowledge held by consumers and employers around healthcare issues.

Open Enrollment 2016, November 14, 2016,

What you need to know for Open Enrollment for 2016. 

Healthier Options Cookbook, October 24, 2016

Healthier twists on American classics such as Mac’N’Cheese.

Legal Issues Around Caregiving, October 10th, 2016

The issues to consider while planning for the care of loved ones.
Healthy Substitutions, September 19th, 2016

Re-visiting the discussion about making substitutions in your diet in order to eat healthy while still enjoying the foods you love.

Eating Healthy, August 30th, 2016
Healthier eating habits and how making substitutions can help us practice them without sacrificing the meals we love.
Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, August 16, 2016

Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, Professor and Chief of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University, discusses the storm clouds on the horizon: young people making bad dietary decisions leading to childhood obesity and the harmful effects of living a sedentary lifestyle.

​Unisured Millenials, August 1, 2016

The shocking number of millennials who remain uninsured.

​Health Care and Millennials, July 4, 2016

How are Millennials taking advantage of the healthcare options available to them?

Millennials, June 20, 2016

How “Young Invincibles” (Millennials) are handling their healthcare decisions.

Social Connectedness, May 30, 2016

How social connectedness at work affects workplace wellness.

Health Literacy, May 19, 2016

The importance of understanding issues related to your health.

Affording Healthcare, April 25, 2016

The realities of healthcare affordability in a world where more and more people need health insurance.

Tax Season, April 11, 2016

What you can do to avoid tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act, and how lack of awareness may be the number one factor.

Employer Health Coverage, March 28, 2016

The employer shared responsibility provision in the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts businesses and employees.

Healthcare Predictions, March 7, 2016

The healthcare landscape for employers and employees in 2016.

Stress Management, January 29, 2016

How to best manage stress in the workplace.

Healthcare for Individuals, January 12, 2016

The state of health coverage in America and what people need to know about the landscape of health insurance in 2016.

Nutrition, December 31, 2015

Discussion on workplace wellness programs, specifically nutrition and healthy eating at work.

Smoking, December 17, 2015

The effects of smoking on workplace productivity and what employers can do to encourage their workers to kick the habit.

Employer Mandate, December 4, 2015

The important details employers need to know about the upcoming changes with the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act.

Physical Activity, November 23, 2015

The importance of workplace physical activity.

Social Security and Cost of Living, November 9th 2015

The fact there will be no cost of living increase for social security beneficiaries in 2016, and how this will affect those on Medicaid.

Open Enrollment for 2016, October 27, 2015

What you need to know about the open enrollment period for benefits and health coverage.

Workplace Physical Activity, October 13, 2015

The benefits of regular physical activity while at work.

Workplace Wellness September 30, 2015 

A discussion about workplace wellness program that work. 

Marriage and the ACA, September 9, 2015

Marriage may cover many benefits.

Medicare and Mental Health under the ACA, August 31, 2015

A look at mental health services provided by Medicare.

ACA and Mental Health Coverage for Children, August 19, 2015

Mental health services for children and adolescents. 

ACA and Mental Health Coverage for College Students, August 7, 2015

What are coverage options for mental health under the Affordable Care Act for college students?

ACA and Mental Health Coverage for Veterans, July 20, 2015

What are some of the specifics of available coverage for Veterans returning home in the Affordable Care Act?

ACA and Mental Health Coverage, an Overview, July 9, 2015

The first in a series looking at mental health care available under the ACA.

Hospital Quality, June 3, 2015 
In a crowded marketplace, why one hospital may be better than another.

ACA and The New Employer Mandate, May 18, 2015

What to know about the employer health insurance mandate.

Medicare Turns 50, May 11, 2015

What to expect in 2015 as Medicare turns 50.

COBRA and the ACA, April 28, 2015

How does the ACA affect COBRA benefits?

Special Enrollment Period, April 14, 2015

Information on what the Special Enrollment Period is, who can use it to obtain health coverage, and how to see if you qualify.

Taxes and the ACA, March 30, 2015

Tax Season and the penalty associated with the ACA.

SHOP, March 24, 2015

Information on the Small Business Health Options Program.

Healthy Behaviors, March 9, 2015

Some advice on how to try to stay healthy, and the current state of America and health.

Employer Mandates, March 2, 2015

What businesses need to know about 2015 mandates.

ACA Deadline, February 16, 2015

What you can do if you missed the Open Enrollment deadline of 2/15/15.

One Year In- How Women Responded to the ACA, January 19, 2015

We discuss how women interacted with the ACA in 2014.

Health Insurance Basics for the Newly Insured, January 5, 2015

7 million Americans signed up for health insurance last year. We discuss navigating this new arena. We discuss how women interacted with the ACA in 2015

Preparing for Medicare, December 15, 2014

Baby Boomers are reaching Medicare age. We discuss what they should know to prepare for turning 65

One Year into the ACA- 15% Still Uninsured, December 1, 2014​

We learned from the second annual TCHS survey that man Americans are still uninformed about the ACA insurance mandate and the state exchanges where they can buy insurance. (Also aired October 20)

The Newly Insured- How They got Coverage, November 17, 2014

We learned from the second annual TCHS survey that the newly insured in 2014 got their coverage from a wide range of options, including the new state exchanges, government sponsored programs, and employer group coverage.

How did the ACA Effect the Continuously Insured?, November 3, 2014

We learned from the second annual TCHS survey that most Americans who already had insurance in 2013 did not notice any change in their health care as a result of the ACA in 2014.

ACA- One Year In, October 20, 2014

We learned from the second annual TCHS survey that many Americans are still uninformed about the ACA insurance mandate and the state exchanges where they can buy insurance.

College Student Health Care Options, September 9, 2014

In discussing how to navigate health care options for college students, we talk about plans that colleges offer and the idea of staying on their parents' plan.

Veterans' Health Care Options, August 18, 2014

We talk about what American veterans need to know about how the ACA affects them.

Young Invincibles, August 11, 2014

College students must comply with the ACA by having health insurance, and they have many options for how to do so.

Small Business Health Options Program, July 28, 2014

We discuss the new small business "SHOP" created by the ACA, and what American business owners need to know.

Employer Wellness Programs, June 30, 2014

We talk about workplace wellness programs, and what they mean to employees and employers.

Women and the ACA, June 16, 2014

We discuss how women are responding to the ACA so far, and how the law addresses women's issues.

Individual Preventive Care and Wellness under the ACA, June 2, 2014

We talk about the prevention and wellness components of the ACA, and the effect they may have on Americans.

TCHS Pulse Check Survey: Employer Views of Health Care, May 12, 2014

We share our findings on the impact the ACA has had on American businesses so far.

Enrollment Numbers in the ACA in Maryland, May 5, 2014

How did Maryland's health portal to the ACA perform?

Employer Health Coverage under the ACA, April 7, 2014

Employers with 50 or fewer employees are not required to provide health insurance, but those with more employees must offer affordable insurance.

Understanding Cancelled Health Plans and Extensions, March 24, 2014

We discuss compliance with the ACA and the effects of cancelled or extended health plans.

New Consumer Protections, March 10, 2014

TCHS Executive Director Hector De La Torre explains the new consumer protections required by the ACA.

Pre-existing Conditions and Employers, February 24, 2014

About 30% of Americans have a pre-existing condition, and can no longer be disqualified for coverage or made to pay larger fees because of ACA protections.

We learned from the second annual TCHS survey that many Americans are still uninformed about the ACA insurance mandate and the state exchanges where they can buy insurance. (Also aired October 20)

We learned from the second annual TCHS survey that many Americans are still uninformed about the ACA insurance mandate and the state exchanges where they can buy insurance. (Also aired October 20)