In a previous blog post, I talked about the importance of supporting health reform, not just because of the serious gains for all Americans, but also because it would help a population that is often ignored by legislators—American Indians and Alaska Natives. Despite being guaranteed health care by the U.S. government, 30 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives are uninsured.
Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $51 million in resources for states to begin building their health insurance exchanges. Each state will have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $1 million that would go toward the research and planning that will be needed to establish these new and dynamic insurance marketplaces. In addition, HHS has also requested public input as they develop standards for the exchanges.
Friday, July 30, marked the 45th anniversary of the enactment of Medicare. The program was established when President Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 into law. This law has forever changed the way seniors and people with disabilities receive their health care. Millions of seniors have come to rely on the Medicare program to provide them with affordable, quality, and reliable health coverage—it is one of the most popular and effective programs among the populations it serves.
A single mother goes to see her doctor in search of a treatment for the pain caused by her multiple sclerosis, which has persisted through many different treatments. Her doctor tells her about a new drug that has just come out that might finally do the trick and writes her a prescription. Excited, the mother goes to the pharmacy. But to her dismay, the pharmacist says that he can’t give her the drug unless she pays $150 on the spot.
Some of you may know TV legend Andy Griffith by his work, and some of you may have just heard about him through your parents. He was known as the ornery old lawyer on Matlock and was probably most popular as the wise sheriff of the fictional town Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show in the late 1960s. Now, 50 years later, he’s back and just like the old times, he’s offering sage advice to the American public.
Most of us know what a surplus is: When you have more of something than you need. And you’re probably wondering what that has to do with health care? According to a new report by the Consumer Union, seven out of 10 of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s nonprofit plans that were studied in a sample have been stockpiling a surplus of cash, all the while continuing to significantly increase premiums for many consumers in the private market.
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:
I have been unemployed since December 2008, and my husband works for a very small company with 5-6 employees that does not offer healthcare. Will health reform mandate all employers, regardless of size, to provide healthcare?
Small businesses are a vital component of the American economy: They drive both innovation and job creation. With nearly 4.8 million businesses across the country, you’re likely to know someone employed by one, someone who runs one, or be a part of one yourself.
It is clear that many small businesses are less financially able to provide health coverage for their workers than larger businesses. More than half of the uninsured in our nation are small business owners, employees, or their families.
Two men with the same resume apply for a job. The only difference between them is that one is white and the other is black. They should have the same chance of getting that job, right?
Many Americans today are not getting the check-ups that they need, and we know that focusing on early detection and prevention saves lives. So the White House, along with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, are making an investment in preventive care.
This week, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and Kathleen Sebelius announced new regulations around prevention, which were made available as a result of health reform.