November 30, 2012

Budget Diagnosis, Part 3: Women’s Health and the Budget

This is the third 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 Karen Davenport from the National Women’s Law Center. Check out our first two posts here.

September 15, 2011

Community Health Centers: Healthy Neighborhoods and More Jobs

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been making some important investments in the health of Americans. A few weeks ago, we told you that the HHS allocated $137 million to improve public health by helping Americans quit smoking and by reducing the spread of diseases across the country through the development and distribution of immunizations.

April 1, 2011


Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

In a dramatic headline in the op-ed section of the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Scott Gottlieb brazenly tells the reader that being covered by Medicaid "is worse than no coverage at all."

Unfortunately for readers, the research Dr. Gottlieb cites does not tell the whole story about Medicaid coverage and his claim that having no coverage is better than being covered by Medicaid is absurd.

July 20, 2010

Prevention makes for a healthier society

Many Americans today are not getting the check-ups that they need, and we know that focusing on early detection and prevention saves lives. So the White House, along with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, are making an investment in preventive care.

This week, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and Kathleen Sebelius announced new regulations around prevention, which were made available as a result of health reform.

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.

September 25, 2012

Obamacare Empowers Young Health Care Consumers

This blog was written by a guest blogger from Maryland.

I am a 25-year-old underemployed recent college graduate. I received a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland in the spring of 2010. When I graduated, I was offered a full-time position with an engineering firm that had several transportation contracts. As the economy stalled, so did those contracts, and I was laid off in the winter of 2012.

September 12, 2011

Free Preventive Care: What's in it for you

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

You may have heard that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, preventive services are now offered free-of-charge to people with new insurance plans. And while it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that nipping health care problems in the bud improves public health in the long term, you may have a few questions about how the new policy might benefit you today.

March 28, 2011

The crab and his mother

Justin Kolikof

Deputy Director of Digital Strategy

Aesop tells us an interesting story called “The Crab and His Mother.”  The fable goes:

A crab said to her son, "Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward." The young crab replied: "Quite true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise to walk in it." The mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her child.

Hold that thought for just a moment, while Senator Orrin Hatch tells us another interesting story.

July 19, 2010

Healthier moms, healthier babies

For a lot of women, being pregnant is an exciting time filled with anticipation, baby showers, and nursery decorations. But for lower-income women who don’t have access to affordable health care, pregnancy—and the health complications that sometimes come with it—can be downright scary.

According to a new report by Families USA, “many low-income women face barriers to getting the health care they need.” And shockingly,


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