April 6, 2011

Retiring couples see costs go down

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

Health reform has failed to be the “Armageddon” that conservatives predicted, and not a single “death panel” has appeared. Since the passage of health reform, we’ve seen that not only have these predictions not come true, but things are looking better than ever for grandma and her friends.

September 13, 2010

Early Detection is Key to Ensuring a Healthy America

Ron Pollack

Executive Director

It’s true what they say; you don’t have anything if you don’t have your health.

And when you look at the numbers, it really is quite astounding just how important early detection and preventive care is to staying healthy.

Heart disease is the leading killer among men and women in the United States. Type 2 diabetes affects 23 million Americans. And breast cancer will claim 40,000 lives this year alone. But by catching disease early, chances for survival increase exponentially.

October 15, 2012

Part 4: Draining the Medicare trust fund

Marc Steinberg

Deputy Director of Health Policy

What Governor Romney Doesn’t Want People Over 55 to Hear About His Medicare Plan.

Part 4: Draining the Medicare trust fund

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

MEDICAID: "WORSE THAN NO COVERAGE AT ALL?"

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.

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