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,

May 8, 2013

New Oregon Health Study’s Findings Reaffirm That Medicaid Is Good Health Coverage

Amy Traver

Staff Writer

New findings from the Oregon Health Study reaffirm that Medicaid is good health coverage: The study showed that Medicaid beneficiaries were more likely than the uninsured to receive needed health care services (including preventive care), they experienced improved mental health as a result of coverage, and they were more financially secure. These findings, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, are part of an ongoing study of Oregon’s state Medicaid program.

September 6, 2012

Sister Simone

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

As the second night of the Democratic National Convention got under way, women once again played a major role. From Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), to Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren, it’s clear women’s issues are a hot topic. But the speaker that stood out the most for me was Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK, and one of the nuns on the bus. For me and my Families USA colleagues, Sister Simone holds a special place in our hearts.

March 23, 2011

One year later: No death panels here

Ron Pollack

Executive Director

I don’t know about you, but it seems like yesterday that Sarah Palin was speaking into every microphone she could find lamenting that health reform would lead to President Obama personally pulling the plug on your grandma.

Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s been exactly one year since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama and not one beloved grandmother has been subjected to a death panel.

June 17, 2010

Women and health reform

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

It doesn’t even need to be said that women play an integral role in the health care of many others, including their children, their parents, and their families as a whole. And though women make up half of the U.S. population, for years they have not received treatment equal to men in the health care system. Health reform aims to eliminate this unfair treatment.

August 3, 2012

Worry No More Applies to All: Pre-Existing Conditions and Communities of Color

Jamille Fields

Staff Writer

It has always seemed backward that those who need insurance the most—people who are already sick—are turned down for coverage or forced to pay higher premiums. Thanks to the new health law, insurers will no longer be able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions by charging them higher premiums or denying them coverage. A recent Families USA report, Worry No More: Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Are Protected by the Health Care Law, shows just how many people across the nation stand to gain from this portion of the health law.

September 4, 2012

Dems Platform Promises to Protect and Improve Health Care

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

With all the rhetoric being thrown around about health care, the importance of the reforms we’ve made and the need to protect those reforms and move forward can be easily forgotten. With the release of the Democratic platform last night, it seems they too understand this and want to make sure our health care rights are not only protected, but also improved upon.

August 31, 2011

Money awarded to protect public health

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” couldn’t be more accurate when talking about public health in America. When we catch health problems early and treat them accordingly, we end up saving lives—and money—in the process.

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