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.
It’s become clear that opponents of health reform will stop at nothing as they try to repeal the Affordable Care Act in an attempt to score political points. Before the mid-term election dust had even settled, new members of Congress were making the rounds, speaking loudly—and often—about repealing the legislation.
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.
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.
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.
Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled answers for select questions to our experts in a short series to help you navigate changes to the health care system. Here's the latest:
Question: I currently have a pre-existing condition. When will insurance companies be prohibited from denying coverage and charging exorbitant premiums to people with pre-existing conditions?
Immediately after the 2010 elections, with an eye towards a possible run for president, Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested that his state should consider dropping the Medicaid program. While this suggestion may endear him to conservative activists in his party, implementing this idea would cause huge problems for Texas and its many citizens who rely on Medicaid for their health lifeline. The same would be true in any other state that dropped the program.
The last few years have been difficult for families across America. Many have lost their jobs, their homes, and their health insurance. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 59 million Americans interviewed between January and March 2010 went without health coverage at some point in the previous year. This staggering figure is made up of people of all ages, the healthy and the sick, and people with both low and middle incomes.
The political debate over the new health law has been hijacked by opponents who claim that the new law is "un-American," even saying that the founding fathers would have been against the legislation. This accusation couldn't be farther from the truth. Let's take a look at Thomas Jefferson as an example.
We use the internet everyday to do just about everything. We read the news, talk with friends, buy our clothes, and pay our bills online. It’s hard to believe in this day and age, but the vast majority of people applying for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have to mail in paper documentation or schedule time out of their day to go into an eligibility office.