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.
Finding out that you or a loved one has breast cancer can be one of the scariest moments in your life. Immediately, images of hospitals and doctors flood your mind, along with a million other concerns about treatments, side effects, and what this diagnosis means for the future. With all of that, money should be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, for thousands of people across the country, worrying about how to pay for treatment and other medical expenses is at the top of their list.
Attorneys General from a handful of states want to repeal the new health care law to gain political points. These opponents of reform want to undo all the hard-won benefits achieved by the passage of the Affordable Care Act and dismantle the myriad consumer protections the bill has put in place for hard-working American families and businesses.
Last Monday, the U.S. District Court in Virginia heard Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s politically motivated suit against the Affordable Care Act. At a press conference preceding the hearing, Families USA featured three health care consumers who would lose major consumer protections if the Attorney General had his way. Amidst all the political posturing and frivolous lawsuits, it’s essential to bring the conversation back to what this law is really about—providing all Americans with a safety net that will always be there when they need it.
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 cannot afford health insurance. What options are available under health reform and what will it take to qualify?
Earlier this week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $250 million in grants to fund the creation of community health centers, which deliver primary health care services to many of the underserved and vulnerable populations of our country. The grants are part of the larger $9.5 billion health center funding created by the Affordable Care Act and will be used to create 350 new community health centers in 2011.
Community health centers play a key role in providing access to primary and preventive health care, especially to historically underserved populations in rural or low-income neighborhoods. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, “1,200 health centers deliver care through over 7,500 service delivery sites in every state and territory.”
Remember that song, I'm Just a Bill? I love that cartoon, but as I watched it recently, I realized that my friends at School House Rock left me hanging! Health care reform has been on my mind, and what better way to understand it then to take a stroll down memory lane with the same folks who taught me my multiplication tables and the basics of English grammar? Imagine my shock and horror when I realized that the cartoon ends with the New Law wearing a sash and ribbon, smiling as confetti rains down. The End.
Small businesses fuel the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, small businesses are struggling due to the financial burden of providing health care for their employees during tough economic times. But with health reform, some of this financial burden will be lifted, and employers will be able to help their employees get the care they need.
The passage of health reform will provide immediate and long-term help for businesses. So, as many business owners would say: Let's talk about the numbers.
When I was in elementary school, I spent my time playing in my backyard or running around with my friends on the playground, I certainly didn't think much about health care. But that's probably because I didn't have to: I was always covered through one of my parents' jobs and so was my entire family.