"Non-communicable diseases" (NCDs) is a key buzz phrase in public health today. Even the United Nations has the term on its mind, as it recently held a historic high-level meeting to develop a plan of action to fight NCDs. But what exactly does it mean?
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been an outspoken opponent against the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately for him, the Virginia Health Reform Initiative (VHRI) Advisory Council—a council that he formed—released a report finding that the Affordable Care Act will greatly benefit Virginia’s families.
Families USA is pleased to invite you to Health Action 2012! Come gather with health care justice advocates from across the country to discuss challenges and formulate plans for the coming year.
Please join us Thursday, January 19, through Saturday, January 21, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. There is an early-bird registration rate of $395 until December 16—after that, registration is $445.
One of the hallmark provisions included in the Affordable Care Act is under attack, putting women’s health in jeopardy.
According to the Census Bureau, 15.1 percent of Americans were living in poverty in 2010. That’s 46.2 million of us. But when the Census Bureau determines whether or not a family or individual is living in poverty, it uses a measure that hasn’t substantially changed since the 1960s. This measure ignores some important factors that affect a family’s finances during the year, such as the high cost of health care.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s current measure
Health insurance is simply out of reach for many Americans. While many jobs offer it, many don’t. Without an offer of coverage from their employer, workers have to navigate the individual market on their own. And it’s tough—especially for those with pre-existing conditions. If they even get an offer of coverage (which they often don’t), it is likely too expensive.
It’s that time of year—flu season is in full swing. And when we get sick, we know that it is important to stay home from work to speed our recovery and prevent spreading our illness to our co-workers and clients.
Unfortunately, millions of Americans cannot call in sick. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 40 million private sector workers do not have access to a single paid sick day. This means that many workers face the dangerous choice between their health and financial security when illness strikes or unexpected medical needs arise.
For the past few months, the super committee has been working to find agreement about how to further reduce the deficit. The goal of the bipartisan 12-member committee was to develop a plan to cut the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion (on top of an already agreed to cut of $900 billion) over the next 10 years. The super committee was allowed to consider any methods of reducing the deficit, including cutting vital programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
November is National Caregivers Month—a time to recognize and celebrate caregivers for their important role in our lives. There are professional caregivers, but there are also about 52 million unpaid caregivers—spouses, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and others who take care of loved ones in the home.