What's the big deal about September 23? Well, it's the day that the dependent coverage provision - young adults being able to stay on their parent's insurance until age 26 - becomes law. It's the day that approximately 2 million young Americans will gain the security and peace of mind that comes with getting covered.
As someone who has been filing insurance appeals on behalf of consumers for fifteen years, I am nothing short of thrilled by the new rules governing consumers’ rights to appeal adverse decisions by insurance companies.
Poll after poll after poll has shown that Americans really do like specific provisions of the health care bill. For example, most people agree that a child with asthma should be not denied health insurance, simply because they’ve been born with the chronic condition. And most parents agree that raising the age of dependent coverage to 26 will help recent graduates entering a stagnant job market keep their insurance as they send out resumes.
223 years ago today, our forefathers signed the Constitution of the United States of America, giving birth to one of the greatest protections of liberty and justice the world has ever known.
Liberty and justice. For my colleagues and I at Families USA, that's not just a platitude to wave on a sign at a rally. For us it's a guiding principle that drives our work each and every day.
But yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released some pretty stark news about a troubling injustice in America. In 2009, the number of uninsured Americans rose to 50.7 million.
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:
Year after year, insurers have been hiking rates for consumers who buy coverage on their own in the individual market. Earlier this year, you may have heard about Anthem Blue Cross attempting to raise premiums by 39 percent in California. After Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked for justification that those rates were necessary, they withdrew their request. This was, of course, before the passage of health reform.
It was hot yesterday in Pensacola. And the weather isn't helping. Yesterday morning, the United States District Court heard arguments on the motion to dismiss the Florida Attorney General's challenge to the Affordable Care Act. This case has been joined by 19 other states, mostly through their attorneys general. All but one of the attorneys general are Republican and, not surprisingly, many are running for higher office.
It’s true what they say; you don’t have anything if you don’t have your health.
And when you look at the numbers, it really is quite astounding just how important early detection and preventive care is to staying healthy.
Heart disease is the leading killer among men and women in the United States. Type 2 diabetes affects 23 million Americans. And breast cancer will claim 40,000 lives this year alone. But by catching disease early, chances for survival increase exponentially.
Imagine if one out of every three of your friends did not have access to health care coverage. Or almost half of them were not able to regularly see a primary care physician. Sadly, this is the unfortunate reality in many Latino communities.