This blog was written by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and was originally posted on healthcare.gov
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.
Health insurance premiums are rising at alarming rates. Over the past decade, the cost of family coverage has increased by 131%. Growth of premiums far outpaces the growth of inflation and wages. And as the United States continues to climb out of an economic recession, rising premiums jeopardize the affordability of health insurance. Consider this: In 2010, 61% of individuals and families who purchase their own coverage reported having difficulties paying their premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.
You know that things have gotten bad if a group of doctors who got together to provide health services to rural and low-income communities in developing nations has instead set up shop in the United States to help the many uninsured or underinsured people who need their care here.
Lays out the ways the Affordable Care Act will help seniors and people with disabilities who have Medicare by improving health care quality and making Medicare more financially secure.
Presents best practices for state advocates on story banking and engaging young adults, including how to start collecting consumer stories and how to use social media to reach young adults.
Explores how the Affordable Care Act expands the practice of offering immediate, temporary Medicaid coverage to people who appear to be eligible based on income.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
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.
There’s no question—the recession has made this a tough couple of years for American families. Kids have felt the economic impact too. A new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the official child poverty rate, which is a conservative estimate of those living in economic hardship around the country, increased 18 percent from 2000 to 2009.