Clara Barton is widely regarded as an American hero. Her efforts to provide medical services were more than expressions of good will – she linked health care with progress and the power of women during a time when women were considered inferior to men.
The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new tracking poll yesterday that showed that while about half of Americans are confused about how the health reform law will affect them, when asked about specific provisions in the law that go into effect in the first year, an overwhelming majority supported them.
Families USA released a report last week that found more than 64.8 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with a pre-existing condition.
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services took a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to add screening and counseling to detect and prevent domestic and interpersonal violence to the list of preventive services that will be free of charge—all thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.