When people talk about how expensive health care is, they are often talking about how expensive it is for people who don’t have insurance. The thinking goes that if a person has insurance, they don’t have to worry about high medical bills. After all, that’s why we have insurance in the first place.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But what are primary care doctors worth? According to a new study, communities with a higher concentration of primary care doctors see fewer emergency room visits from seniors than communities with fewer primary care doctors. That sounds like a pound of cure to us!
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently released a study that highlighted just how important primary doctors are for the health of our seniors and our communities at large.
Exciting things are happening in Vermont!
Yesterday, Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that establishes Green Mountain Care and makes Vermont the only state on a path towards universal coverage for all its residents.
Hundreds of thousands of older Americans breathed a sigh of relief this year, and millions more will in the next few years. The “doughnut hole,” a gap in Medicare coverage of prescription drugs, has caused so many older Americans pain. But now, it is finally closing, thanks to health reform and the Affordable Care Act.
Can you imagine if your ability to get health care was based on whether or not someone pulled your name out of a hat? For many uninsured people, that nightmare is a reality. Virginia's Arlington Free Clinic has been forced to conduct a lottery every month to pick who will have access to treatment at the clinic, and who is left with nowhere to turn.
As of September 23, 2010, no child can be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition and parents with sick children across the United States breathe a huge sigh of relief. But what options do adults with pre-existing conditions have? We’re glad you asked.
The Affordable Care Act includes considerable funding to enable real people to improve the health of their communities—and the deadline to apply is just around the corner. The Affordable Care Act set aside more than $100 million in Community Transformation Grants that are now available for states, local governments, tribes, territories, and nonprofits to create or enhance projects that will, in HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s words, “empower local communities with resources, information, and flexibility to help make their residents healthier.”
Many people in Massachusetts are proud, and rightfully so: The state’s version of health care reform, one that includes an individual responsibility requirement, signed into law by former Governor Mitt Romney in 2006, has helped lower Massachusetts’ uninsured rate to just 2%. Considering that percentage of uninsured hovers near 15% nationally, that’s a huge deal.
This post was written by Adam Searing and originally posted on the Progressive Pulse.
The federal government recently released a report with staggering conclusions. It shows that few families without health insurance have the financial resources to pay potential hospital bills. On average, uninsured families have the resources to pay the bills in full for only12 percent of the hospital stays that they may experience.