Since the passage of the health reform law, prevention has become a much talked about issue. We all know that a lot of pain, suffering, and money could be saved with good prevention strategies, but the big question is: Will prevention for women be taken seriously?
Finding out that you or a loved one has breast cancer can be one of the scariest moments in your life. Immediately, images of hospitals and doctors flood your mind, along with a million other concerns about treatments, side effects, and what this diagnosis means for the future. With all of that, money should be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, for thousands of people across the country, worrying about how to pay for treatment and other medical expenses is at the top of their list.
My grandparents are monumentally confused about health care reform. And rightfully so-opponents of health reform have told them that they're going to lose their Medicare, and that they will have to defend their life in front of a death panel.
Today, at the Families USA Health Action Conference, I attended a workshop that gave me information that will assuage my grandparent's fears. Speakers at the Medicare after Health Reform workshop outlined how Medicare will really change with reform: How the claims of opponents are far from the truth.
Families USA is proudly taking part in the Health Equity Can't Wait! blog carnival celebrating National Minority Health Month. Participating bloggers are health, consumer, civil rights, and provider advocates committed to promoting health equity. You can find all the posts for the carnival here.
Did you know that if you have Medicare, you are now entitled to many preventive screenings and yearly wellness visits with your doctor at no cost to you? That's right. Medicare beneficiaries can now get free screenings for conditions such as cancer and diabetes, as well as free annual check-ups, all thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
These preventive services are designed to ensure early diagnosis and treatment for many chronic conditions, which will improve the health of many Americans and also save money. It's a win-win situation for Medicare beneficiaries.
This post was written by Robert Kraig of Citizen Action Wisconsin and has been cross-posted on their website.
When I was in elementary school, I spent my time playing in my backyard or running around with my friends on the playground, I certainly didn't think much about health care. But that's probably because I didn't have to: I was always covered through one of my parents' jobs and so was my entire family.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, come August 1, 2012, many insurance plans will be required to cover contraception as part of women's preventive care - meaning no more co-pays or deductibles. This is welcome news to many women paying monthly co-pays for their contraceptives and especially for those on insurance plans that don't cover them at all.
In a recent article for the Center for American Progress, Sandra Bogar reminded us of all of the ways that health reform benefits mothers, mothers-to-be, and grandmothers. Even when it’s not Mother’s Day, it’s important to be grateful for how much our mothers help us and others and to be thankful that they are now protected by the Affordable Care Act.
Just last week, new and helpful health reform provisions kicked in, benefiting millions of American families across the country. Recent college graduates can now stay on their parents’ plan until they’re 26. Moms now have the freedom to choose their own OBGYNs without prior approval from their insurance plan. And insurance companies can no longer arbitrarily take away your coverage if you get sick.