The last few years have been difficult for families across America. Many have lost their jobs, their homes, and their health insurance. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 59 million Americans interviewed between January and March 2010 went without health coverage at some point in the previous year. This staggering figure is made up of people of all ages, the healthy and the sick, and people with both low and middle incomes.
You may remember when Federal Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the entire health care law was unconstitutional earlier this year. His logic went something like this: Because he found the individual responsibility provision unconstitutional (apparently, because he thought health insurance is not interstate commerce), then the entire law must be thrown out. Experts across the ideological spectrum agreed that Judge Vinson was severely overreaching. After the ruling, the Obama Administration appealed Judge Vinson’s decision. And now, we enter round two.
What's the big deal about September 23? Well, it's the day that the dependent coverage provision - young adults being able to stay on their parent's insurance until age 26 - becomes law. It's the day that approximately 2 million young Americans will gain the security and peace of mind that comes with getting covered.
Father's Day is the time of the year that we celebrate some of the most important men in our lives—and, it's a great time to think about how we keep these men healthy. Women have outlived men for as long as we've been keeping track, and it's not just because we are better than they are at most things.
Last week, Federal Judge Roger Vinson, who ruled in January that the entire Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, issued a stay of his own ruling. You might be wondering, what exactly does this mean?
In short, it means that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at both the state and the federal level can move forward.
Remember in elementary school when fractions were the bane of any student’s existence? Numerators and denominators were “bad words” and their relationship kept many school kids up past their bedtimes. Although many of the people who are working on implementing health reform are far past their elementary school math days, a certain numerator is causing them the same headaches.
Many Americans believe that Medicaid is available to all citizens with low incomes. The assumption is that anyone who is "poor" can qualify for the program. Unfortunately, it's just not that simple.
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This blog was written by Dr. Zaneb Beams and originally posted on Doctor's for America's blog.