The recent court decisions regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, specifically the individual responsibility provision or “individual mandate,” have reignited the debate between opponents and proponents of the new law. With two district courts upholding the constitutionality of the mandate and two striking it down, it’s clear now that the fate of the Affordable Care Act will ultimately be up to the nine justices of the Supreme Court.
Is newer always better? Not in the case of a pricey new cancer drug, according to clinical trial data and experts around the nation. The drug, Zaltrap, is getting lots of media attention not because it is novel for a new drug to be twice as expensive as its competitor and no more effective (the FDA doesn't require new medicines to be either more effective or less costly than existing drugs), but because Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center—one of the nation's premier cancer treatment centers—has decided that it won't offer Zaltrap to its patients.
What Governor Romney Doesn’t Want People Over 55 to Hear About His Medicare Plan.
Part 4: Draining the Medicare trust fund
A five-part blog series about what’s really in Romney’s Medicare plan
Part 1: Higher prescription drug and preventive care costs
In a dramatic headline in the op-ed section of the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Scott Gottlieb brazenly tells the reader that being covered by Medicaid "is worse than no coverage at all."
Unfortunately for readers, the research Dr. Gottlieb cites does not tell the whole story about Medicaid coverage and his claim that having no coverage is better than being covered by Medicaid is absurd.
The people's response to Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill" is a poignant reminder to each of us to engage in the broader debate about where we are headed as a country. Should not our first priority be the welfare of hard-working American families? Isn't it they who have disproportionately suffered from the struggling economy, rising health care costs, and corporate irresponsibility?
This blog was written by Kathleen Sebelius and originally posted on healthcare.gov.
99 percent of sexually active women aged 15 to 44 have used some form of birth control in their lives. This probably isn't news to most women who have made personal family planning decisions and understand why having access to birth control is so important. Having access to birth control keeps women in the driver's seat when making important decisions about their future, like when to take a major step in their career, when to start a family, or when to have a second child.
Let’s do a quick brainstorm. Who do you think of when you hear “Medicaid beneficiary”?
Now let’s check your answers. Did “grandma” make your list? Maybe not, but she should have.
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.