Communities of color continue to face obstacles in the health care setting: they are more likely to be uninsured, to be in poorer health, and to receive lower-quality care. But thanks to the new health reform law, we’ll start to see movement in closing this unacceptable gap. The Affordable Care Act has a number of provisions aimed at lessening racial and ethnic health disparities in an effort to make the health care system fairer for all Americans.
Just last week, new and helpful health reform provisions kicked in, benefiting millions of American families across the country. Recent college graduates can now stay on their parents’ plan until they’re 26. Moms now have the freedom to choose their own OBGYNs without prior approval from their insurance plan. And insurance companies can no longer arbitrarily take away your coverage if you get sick.
Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled answers for select questions to our experts in a short series to help you navigate changes to the health care system. Here's the latest:
Question: Will preventive services such as routine vaccines and mammograms be covered under health reform?
Last week we celebrated September 23, the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. On September 23, several consumer protection provisions took effect, bettering the lives of millions of Americans. Although it hasn’t been discussed much, these provisions and other parts of the health reform law will have a special positive effect on the lives of the millions of Americans suffering from mental health or substance use disorders.
“I’m 22 and about to graduate from college. It’s time to enter the real world, and I need a job.” These were the thoughts that continuously plagued my mind throughout my senior year at the University of Mississippi, more affectionately known as Ole Miss. Unlike many college stories, this one doesn’t involve parties; instead it involves health insurance –and the struggle to find coverage once I entered the real world.
This post has been written by MomsRising.
Imagine that you’re cooking dinner and all of a sudden, your two-year-old daughter has a seizure again. And worse yet, you know the next trip to the hospital will bring your daughter closer to exhausting her lifetime limits on her health insurance coverage.
This was the reality of Julie, a MomsRising member in California, until health care reform was passed.
This post was written by Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH, President of the National Physicians Alliance.
This post is written by Dr. Chris Lillis, and is cross-posted on the Doctor's for America Blog, Progress Notes.
Reproductive care is basic health care for women—we need it on a regular basis to keep ourselves healthy. During the reproductive years, even a woman without any health problems may visit an obstetric or gynecologic (OB-GYN) care provider more than 50 times!
It has been six months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed. We have made considerable progress with changes to the health insurance system. Elimination of lifetime and annual limits is a significant change and huge victory for individuals living with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, chronic conditions and costly medical and catastrophic illnesses.