This is the second in Budget Diagnosis, a series on the coming major decisions in Congress that could affect your health care. This series explains, simply, what advocates need to know, features special guests writing about different groups and populations that will be especially vulnerable, and provides you with updates from D.C. Check out our first post here.
When student volunteers at the Baltimore Rescue Mission—a free clinic in East Baltimore that serves low-income and homeless individuals—recognized that the clinic was providing a lot of duplicated, unnecessary, and costly services to its patients, they took action. Part of the problem, they recognized, was that it was challenging to keep up-to-date records on such a transient population and that there was little to no record sharing between clinics similar to the Mission.
Have you ever gone to the doctor and had to repeat a test because they didn't have the results on hand? Do you ever feel that your doctors don't talk to each other? Or that no one doctor knows all of the medications you're taking and why? These kinds of things happen frequently. And they not only lead to higher costs: They can also be dangerous.
Divorce is a stressful situation for all involved. It upsets the balance of many things in life, such as personal well-being, family cohesion, and financial security. It can be hard to start a new life after a divorce, and unfortunately, many women may be starting it by losing their health coverage and becoming uninsured.
This blog was originally posted on the Center for Budget and Policies Priorities's Off the Chart's blog.
This is the first in Budget Diagnosis, a series on the coming major decisions in Congress that could affect your health care. This series explains, simply, what advocates need to know, features special guests writing about different groups and populations that will be especially vulnerable, and provides you with updates from D.C.
Last week, the Heritage Foundation published an article claiming that studies show that Medicaid patients have worse access and outcomes than the privately insured.
Online applications are great, but if you are like me, you may want to talk with an expert the first time you complete one for health insurance. You might want to talk through how you are comparing health plan choices to see if there are any important considerations that you are missing. Or you might have questions about premium credits and whether to take them in advance or at the end of the year.
This blog was originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com.
Throughout this election season, there has been considerable debate concerning the future of our nation's health care system. With the elections behind us, we can determine the key policy directions that will likely shape health coverage and care for the foreseeable future. At least four are worth noting.
On Tuesday, America voted to reelect Barack Obama for another four years in office. It was a momentous victory, not only for progressives, but for the health care justice movement.