April 1, 2010

Helping to do away with health disparities

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

Did you know that African Americans are two times more likely to have diabetes than whites? Or that Latina women diagnosed with lung or breast cancer are diagnosed in later stages and have lower survival rates than white women with the same condition?

These alarming statistics are just a few of the racial and ethnic health disparities that are present in our current health care system. A big chunk of inequity can be attributed to sky-high health care costs and lack of access.

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.

January 26, 2011

Healthcare Question of the Week: Does healthcare reform mean seniors will suffer?

Michealle Gady

Staff Writer

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?

May 4, 2011

On cervical cancer prevention

Rachel Bates

Staff Writer

Each year about 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 American women die from the disease. While this number has decreased over the last few decades, it should be drastically lower because cervical cancer is easily treated and prevented.

April 7, 2010

A bill of health

Senator Tom Harkin was recently quoted in a New York Times article saying, "We don't have a health care system in America. We have a sick care system. If you get sick, you get care. But precious little is spent to keep people healthy in the first place."

June 21, 2013

Early HIV Detection Saves Lives. Get Tested Now!

More than 10 years ago, a very close loved one told me that he was HIV positive. As you can imagine, it was shocking and devastating news. Shocking, because I never thought that HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) would touch my life. It is much too common to think that it is something that affects only other people. Devastating, because the first words that popped into my mind were “AIDS,”  “INCURABLE,” and “FATAL.”  Just like that, in really big letters, heavy, painful, dripping in tears.

April 28, 2011

Barbour insists there's no one in Mississippi without health care

Last week, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said, “There’s nobody in Mississippi that does not have access to health care.”

As a Native Mississippian, I truly cannot understand how Governor Barbour can outright lie like that. Saying that everyone in Mississippi has access to care is just not true—an estimated 18 percent of state’s population is uninsured.

September 23, 2010

The New Law Eliminates Barriers to the Care Women Need

Reproductive care is basic health care for women—we need it on a regular basis to keep ourselves healthy.  During the reproductive years, even a woman without any health problems may visit an obstetric or gynecologic (OB-GYN) care provider more than 50 times!

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