November 29, 2010

Health reform: A women's take

Over the summer, like any responsible young woman should, I got my yearly physical, which included a pap smear. For those of you unfamiliar with the uncomfortable procedure us women have to endure entirely too often—it is a screening test used to detect precancerous and cancerous cells in the cervix.

A week later, I received a phone call that most women dread—my test results came back abnormal, and I needed to see a specialist.

April 20, 2010

Improving Medicare

Tara Bostock

Staff Writer

The health reform debate produced a lot of misinformation about how the health reform bill would change Medicare. Much of it focused on false claims of cuts to benefits, the infamous death panels, or hurting granny. Now that the reform bill has been signed by President Obama, it's time to set the record straight on how reform will really affect Medicare and its beneficiaries.

July 25, 2012

Worry No More

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

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.

August 2, 2011

A win for women

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

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.

November 24, 2010

Giving thanks this holiday season

Ron Pollack

Executive Director

Thanksgiving is a holiday where Americans gather together with their family and friends and, as the name implies, give thanks for everything they have. With the recession, it’s been difficult for many families to find the silver lining. Millions of hard-working Americans have been laid off, losing their income as well as health care benefits for themselves and their families.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, help is on the way; and not just for families who have fallen on hard times, but also for the neediest among us who have been neglected for years.

March 31, 2010

Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition

Colleen Haller

Staff Writer

Now that health reform has become law (ah, that feels good), long-awaited benefits will start kicking in! From subsidies to exchanges and insurance regulations to cost-containment measures, it's sometimes hard to keep it all straight. But the main thing to remember is that we all have a lot to gain from the passage of health reform, especially us ladies.

June 15, 2012

Dads, on Father's Day, Commit to Giving Us Back a Healthy You

Jamille Fields

Staff Writer

Father's Day is the time of the year that we celebrate some of the most important men in our lives—and, it's a great time to think about how we keep these men healthy. Women have outlived men for as long as we've been keeping track, and it's not just because we are better than they are at most things.

July 27, 2011

IOM Preventive Care Recommendations: Beyond Contraception

Eileen Falk

Staff Writer

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released its recommendations on which services should be added to the list of preventive services new insurance plans must offer at no cost to the patient under the Affordable Care Act.

While the IOM's birth control recommendations got the bulk of the media attention, contraception is only one of eight free preventive services recommended. The seven others did not get as much attention but are just as important.

November 22, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr.: A Civil Rights Icon's Thoughts on Health Care

Martin Luther King is an American hero who has become a symbol for Americans fighting for social justice. He influenced a generation to rise up and fight against inequality, even when the easier choice would have been to just give up. Most might not think of Dr. King as a health care hero, but when the civil rights movement began to address systematic inequalities in America, health care was one issue that attracted King's attention.

March 24, 2010

Reform's early benefits

Now that President Obama has signed the health insurance reform bill, it's time to put the nasty rhetoric of the past year to bed and start looking forward to the reality of reform.

The reality is this bill will help Americans throughout the country. It will help those who have insurance by making sure they can never be dropped just because they got sick. It will help small business owners who are being crushed by premiums. And it will help millions of uninsured Americans finally gain access to quality, affordable health care.

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