Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decided to adopt all of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) eight recommendations for fully covered preventive services. This step is a huge improvement for women’s health—especially because of two services that are included that focus on maternal care. The first is screening for gestational diabetes, and the second is lactation counseling and equipment.
Q: I supported health care reform and was so elated when it passed, however...Now I hear of cuts in payments to doctors for Medicare. Many doctors refuse Medicare patients already, but with more cuts there will be no medical care for seniors. Supplement plans won't cover anything that Medicare doesn't cover, or doctors that don't take Medicare. Health insurance for seniors is a near impossibility. So does health care reform mean health care on the back of seniors?
Thanks to health reform, young adults can stay on their parents' coverage longer, seniors are protected from spending too much on costly prescription drugs, and insurance companies can no longer deny people coverage if they've ever been sick -and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Because of these provisions we will be a much healthier country. If that's not reason enough to love the bill, consider this: We'll also be a richer country.
Families USA released a report last week that found more than 64.8 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with a pre-existing condition.
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services took a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to add screening and counseling to detect and prevent domestic and interpersonal violence to the list of preventive services that will be free of charge—all thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
Clara Barton is widely regarded as an American hero. Her efforts to provide medical services were more than expressions of good will – she linked health care with progress and the power of women during a time when women were considered inferior to men.
The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new tracking poll yesterday that showed that while about half of Americans are confused about how the health reform law will affect them, when asked about specific provisions in the law that go into effect in the first year, an overwhelming majority supported them.
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.
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.
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.