September 19, 2013

Young Adults Support the Affordable Care Act and Are Likely to Sign Up for Coverage

Shannon Attanasio

Senior Director of Government Affairs

There seems to be a catch-22 when it comes to enrolling young, healthy people in the new health insurance marketplaces (sometimes called exchanges): They are critical to the success of the marketplaces, but experts predict that recruiting young adults to sign up for coverage will be challenging. But a recent poll suggests it may not be so challenging after all.

July 25, 2012

Worry No More

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

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.

August 2, 2011

A win for women

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

Last month, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that a range of benefits essential to women’s health be included as preventive benefits and therefore offered free of charge in all new health plans.

We’re happy to report that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken up all of the IOM’s recommendations. The new guidelines will take effect in August 2012 and will ensure that women around the country can receive a variety of preventive services at no additional cost.

November 29, 2010

Health reform: A women's take

Over the summer, like any responsible young woman should, I got my yearly physical, which included a pap smear. For those of you unfamiliar with the uncomfortable procedure us women have to endure entirely too often—it is a screening test used to detect precancerous and cancerous cells in the cervix.

A week later, I received a phone call that most women dread—my test results came back abnormal, and I needed to see a specialist.

April 20, 2010

Improving Medicare

Tara Bostock

Staff Writer

The health reform debate produced a lot of misinformation about how the health reform bill would change Medicare. Much of it focused on false claims of cuts to benefits, the infamous death panels, or hurting granny. Now that the reform bill has been signed by President Obama, it's time to set the record straight on how reform will really affect Medicare and its beneficiaries.

June 20, 2012

Dying for Coverage: The Deadly Consequences of Being Uninsured

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

For millions of Americans, having health coverage can be the difference between life and death. The uninsured are less likely to have a usual source of medical care, and, as a result, are more likely to forgo preventive care or delay treating an illness. Without access to preventive screenings and care, many uninsured Americans suffer premature and preventable deaths-they are literally dying for coverage.

July 27, 2011

IOM Preventive Care Recommendations: Beyond Contraception

Eileen Falk

Staff Writer

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released its recommendations on which services should be added to the list of preventive services new insurance plans must offer at no cost to the patient under the Affordable Care Act.

While the IOM's birth control recommendations got the bulk of the media attention, contraception is only one of eight free preventive services recommended. The seven others did not get as much attention but are just as important.

November 24, 2010

Giving thanks this holiday season

Ron Pollack

Executive Director

Thanksgiving is a holiday where Americans gather together with their family and friends and, as the name implies, give thanks for everything they have. With the recession, it’s been difficult for many families to find the silver lining. Millions of hard-working Americans have been laid off, losing their income as well as health care benefits for themselves and their families.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, help is on the way; and not just for families who have fallen on hard times, but also for the neediest among us who have been neglected for years.

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