Jimmy Ledesma’s sister and two brothers all died from diabetes. He did not realize that he too was suffering from the disease until he collapsed at work one day—and could not stand up. He had trouble affording treatment and worried about how he was going to stay healthy, until he found Clinica Family Health Services.
Originally posted on The Huffington Post:
Yesterday afternoon, a third federal district judge ruled that the personal responsibility clause in the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.
Just a year ago, children with pre-existing conditions like leukemia, or even asthma, could be denied health insurance. Seniors struggled to pay for prescription drugs when they reached the “doughnut hole.” And recent college graduates who could not find jobs with benefits were stuck paying an arm and a leg for insurance or even going without coverage because they just couldn’t afford it.
Starting in 2014, health insurance exchanges will be up and running. They will serve as online hubs where individuals and businesses can shop for coverage with the help of easy-to-understand information on all their options. Developing a consumer-friendly Information Technology (IT) infrastructure will not only be important, but necessary, to making sure these exchanges work as efficiently as possible.
The people's response to Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill" is a poignant reminder to each of us to engage in the broader debate about where we are headed as a country. Should not our first priority be the welfare of hard-working American families? Isn't it they who have disproportionately suffered from the struggling economy, rising health care costs, and corporate irresponsibility?
Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law last March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been working around the clock to implement its provisions. As part of their efforts, HHS recently announced that the federal government is making a $750 million investment in prevention.
This blog was originally written and posted by Jen from Young Invincibles.
The recent court decisions regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, specifically the individual responsibility provision or “individual mandate,” have reignited the debate between opponents and proponents of the new law. With two district courts upholding the constitutionality of the mandate and two striking it down, it’s clear now that the fate of the Affordable Care Act will ultimately be up to the nine justices of the Supreme Court.
Two years ago, President Obama signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), which extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and provided much-needed resources to help states enroll eligible children. CHIP, along with Medicaid, provides health coverage for children in low- and moderate-income families.
This story was originally posted by Eve Gittelson on Daily Kos.