It's a problem that we don't think about a lot-but it's very important. Many kids and families are not getting the routine dental care they need. There are many possible reasons for this, including the fact that many Americans lack dental insurance, many have trouble finding a dental provider, and dental care often comes with high out-of-pocket costs for both the insured and the uninsured.
This story was originally posted by Eve Gittelson on Daily Kos.
Two men with the same resume apply for a job. The only difference between them is that one is white and the other is black. They should have the same chance of getting that job, right?
Everyone is feeling the pinch of the recession, but none more so than the states facing severe budget deficits. Many states are heading into the fiscal year, which started July 1, with strained budgets:
One of the most popular arguments of opponents of the health reform law is that the law does nothing to ‘fix’ Medicare, which they claim is full of waste and fraud. Like most of the rhetoric coming from the opposition, this argument is just not true.
This is the fourth in Budget Diagnosis, a series on the coming major decisions in Congress that could affect your health care. This series explains, simply, what advocates need to know, features special guests writing about different groups and populations that will be especially vulnerable, and provides you with updates from D.C. This post is a guest blog by Barbara J. Easterling from Alliance for Retired Americans. Check out our first three posts here.
Much like families around the country, states need to balance their budgets, too. If they spend too much on one program, they can’t afford another. And if they don’t take in enough revenue, they don’t have the money to spend. That’s what states are currently struggling with: Since the economic downturn, states have been raking in less cash and have had to explore options to balance their budget—which oftentimes has meant slashing programs that serve the people who most need the help.
Sometimes you see a story that is so touching, so heartbreaking, that you simply have to share it. Last week, our friends at PICO sent out an email sharing the story of Marlene Kahn, an advocate from Missouri who made a touching sacrifice to defend health care rights for seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
Please read Marlene's story and get involved in the fight to protect this critically important program.
Many Americans may have recently discovered a little extra money in their wallets.
In recent discussions about the controversial Republican budget proposal, the focus seems to be the public’s strong opposition to the proposed cuts to the Medicare program. Although Medicare is incredibly vital to the American people, it’s unfortunate that Medicaid, the program designed to provide coverageto the most vulnerable Americans, has been left out of the discussion. But that’s changing: 41 Democratic Senators are presenting a united front against proposed attacks on Medicaid.