As we celebrate Medicaid’s 47th Anniversary, we must remember that we still have a lot at stake. Conservatives are arguing that low-income people are better without Medicaid! You heard that right: They’re claiming that having Medicaid is worse than being uninsured! But a new Harvard study shows how wrong they are. It found that in three states that expanded Medicaid to people who were uninsured, the death rates declined by an average of 6 percent a year.
Monday marks the 47th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law – two of the most vital and successful programs in our nation’s history! For nearly five decades, millions of seniors and low-income families across the country have relied on these laws for basic health care coverage. However, as budget battles and party politics intensify across the country, the attacks on these programs are escalating.
Today, the Senate is expected to vote on a measure that would extend tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 for all except those earning more than $250,000 a year. Next week, it looks like the House of Representatives will vote on a similar tax measure, except that their measure would allow the wealthy to keep their tax breaks. The real difference between the proposals in the two chambers? The House measure would mean the richest 2 percent would get to keep an extra $800 billion in their own pockets over the next decade - revenue the government would lose. The catch?
Do you have a pre-existing condition? Do you know someone that does? I bet you do-64.8 million Americans under the age of 64 have been diagnosed with a pre-existing condition. Whether it's diabetes, or cancer-all of these conditions and more are considered "pre-existing" by insurance companies and are grounds for charging higher premiums, excluding coverage for your condition, or downright denying you health coverage.
The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act was a huge victory for the health care justice movement. Now that the law has been ruled constitutional, we can move forward with implementation and make accessible, affordable health care a reality for millions of Americans. But our work won't end there.
What would you do if you got a check in the mail for $150, $500 or even $3,000? I know what I would do-a little happy dance, and then I would put the money toward buying books for my upcoming fall semester.
Ever since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law two years ago, the Republican talking point has consistently been "Repeal and Replace." This phrase has been uttered so much and has been the source of so many bland banners, you'd think each Republican attempt at repealing the law would be accompanied by a replacement health care bill.
The Tie that Binds: International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora Will Discuss Trans-National Health Challenges of African Descendants
Perhaps somewhat strangely, African descendants throughout the world who have never met, who do not speak the same language, and who have not traveled the same streets have many things in common. There is the similar head nod in reaction to beats blaring from a Congo drum, a hip-hop base line, or Reggae chords. The soulful spices in our meals share similarities.
Highlights the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for women, including free preventive care and protection from coverage denials for women with pre-existing conditions.
Explains the process for establishing state requirements for minimum benefits that health plans need to provide and highlights opportunities for advocates to get involved.