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.
For a lot of women, being pregnant is an exciting time filled with anticipation, baby showers, and nursery decorations. But for lower-income women who don’t have access to affordable health care, pregnancy—and the health complications that sometimes come with it—can be downright scary.
According to a new report by Families USA, “many low-income women face barriers to getting the health care they need.” And shockingly,
Everyone is feeling the pinch of the recession, but none more so than the states facing severe budget deficits. Many states are heading into the fiscal year, which started July 1, with strained budgets:
At the end of June, the Administration issued a series of regulations under the Affordable Care Act to implement a new Patients’ Bill of Rights. The goal of these new regulations is to form stronger consumer protections in the private insurance market and to finally put American consumers back in charge of their health coverage. One of the most egregious insurance practices that will be prohibited is the unfair rescission of insurance coverage after a person has been paying premiums.
Dr. Donald Berwick was sworn in today as the new Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Without a leader since 2006, the appointment of Dr. Berwick is a long-awaited addition to the federal agency. Dr. Berwick is widely known as a pioneer in the field of health care quality. The American Medical Association announced its support for Berwick weeks ago, stating,
When it comes to Medicare, we heard it all during the debate over health reform: Death panels! Rationing! Obama wants to kill granny! The rumors and scare tactics were so ridiculous, sometimes it was difficult to understand how anyone could believe them. But now that Americans are beginning to see the benefits of reform, it’s time we put the rumors to rest and start focusing on how the new law is improving health care across the country.
A new tracking poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that support for the Affordable Care Act has risen dramatically from 41 to 48 percent, a 7 percentage point increase since the poll was last done in May.
Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled some answers from our experts to help you navigate changes to the health care system. If you’d like to submit your own question, please click here.
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Will health reform require new health care plans to cover pregnancy care and delivery by midwifes? Will lactation consultants’ services be covered?
The tax extenders bill (also known as the jobs bill), H.R. 4213, has been stalled in Congress for weeks. The Senate has now attempted to pass a bill to address the unemployment and state budget crisis three times to no avail. Each step along the way, the Senate has hit a wall of opposition that is supposedly based on concerns about increasing the federal deficit. To appease these concerns, the Senate cut a critical provision to provide additional assistance to states for Medicaid by one-third – but the bill still failed to win the 60 votes necessary to pass.