Explains the process for establishing state requirements for minimum benefits that health plans need to provide and highlights opportunities for advocates to get involved.
Explores how wellness programs can encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors, provides examples of model programs, and includes a checklist for designing consumer-friendly wellness programs.
As the Supreme Court decision loomed, newspapers published testimonials and letters from the countless people who can directly attest to the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yesterday, we saw a huge victory for these patients, consumers, and family members who otherwise would have faced some sleepless nights. Reviewing these stories sheds light on the true meaning of the Supreme Court decision upholding the critical benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act. This ruling is a tremendous victory for both American families and the health care justice movement; affirming the constitutionality of the entire law and allowing us to move forward on building a better, fairer health care system.
Despite our opponents' relentless efforts to dismantle the law, President Obama, and thousands of health care justice advocates around the country, have stood behind the Affordable Care Act and pressed forward with its implementation.
Two months ago we wrote about the estimated impact of an exciting new consumer protection that ensures that the money we pay for health coverage is put to good use. The final numbers are in, and nearly 13 million Americans whose insurers spent too much on non-health-related costs will be getting their money back.
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.
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.
During the extensive coverage of the Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act, the health reform law, ObamaCare, or whatever you want to call it, many attempted to pin down what they thought was the core feature of the law. Justice Scalia claimed that the individual responsibility provision, otherwise known as the individual mandate, was the "heart" of the law. The Republican opposition claimed it was the "unprecedented" government overreach that defined it.
It's the end of the school year, and students across the country are getting their report cards. But term papers and final exams aren't the only things being graded. In a recent study published in Health Affairs, a team of researchers evaluated insurance plans based on the new guidelines in the Affordable Care Act. Many plans did not make the grade.
Estimates the number of Americans who die prematurely because they don't have health insurance, has state-level breakdowns by week, month, and year.