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.
Due to high health care costs and tight budgets, many uninsured and underinsured Americans have turned to health care-specific credit cards to finance their medical treatments. Health care credit cards with “promotional financing” are advertised as economical ways to pay for services that may not be covered by your health insurance, such as vision, hearing, cosmetic, and dentistry services. With health care credit cards, you can even pay for your pet’s medical needs. So you may be wondering: What’s the problem with that?
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 am a single mom with a severely disabled daughter and have great concern about "rationed" health care affecting the most vulnerable people in our society; i.e., the elderly and disabled. Please discuss how reform will not adversely affect this population.
Is it too much to ask for our kids to be healthy and receive the education they deserve? I guess for some people the answer is yes.
According to an article from The Hill, Governor Dave Heineman is backing school administrators into a corner by pitting education against health in an effort to stop Medicaid expansions.
Despite months of "the sky is falling" predictions from health reform’s opponents, Medicare Part D beneficiaries will not see huge increases in Medicare Part D premiums next year.
Provides tips for educating the public about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, features success stories and resources from state advocacy groups.
Refutes the claim that the Affordable Care Act will make cuts to Medicare and explains how the law will help people with Medicare.