When Avandia entered the market, it was touted as one of the best medicines available to help people with type 2 diabetes. The great potential of this new diabetes wonder drug was proclaimed in an article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, and Avandia was quickly adopted as the standard of care. Sadly, an important piece of information came out much later. Avandia has an unfortunate and dangerous side effect: It increases the risk of heart attack. A lot.
A few weeks ago, the Washington Post ran an article about Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and some tough decisions it is confronting related to financial strains it anticipates and services it may have to cut because Georgia’s governor has rejected the Medicaid expansion.
First, there were the highly publicized rate hikes in California. Then, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report detailing rate hikes in several more states. And then there was WellPoint, who joined the club last week by jacking up premiums in 11 states.
After it became clear earlier this week that he didn’t have the votes to pass the Republican health care bill, Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced his intention to pursue a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act with no replacement.
Despite growing opposition to his repeal-only approach, Senator McConnell is pledging to go forward with a vote on a bill that passed the House and Senate in late 2015. This bill would have repealed key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And negotiations are ongoing on reviving the other health care bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
It’s been a dramatic 24 hours and we’re all bleary-eyed today after tracking the Senate’s activity last night. What’s important to remember is that the flurry of activity over the next 48 hours is a mere sideshow. The real action is the behind-the-scenes lobbying Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing to rally Republicans around the likely so-called "skinny" repeal which would result in a horrible final bill that would be written in secret.
It’s a straightforward question that a new report by Families USA looks into. And the answer itself is straightforward: President Obama’s plan helps many millions of consumers, while Governor Romney’s ideas would lead to a growing burden on America’s families.
With the February 15 deadline for the second open enrollment period quickly approaching, local and national groups across the country have been intensifying their efforts to get the word out through various channels. Last week, the White House, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), HHS, and community partners held a very successful Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affordable Care Act Enrollment Week of Action.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, people with Medicare saved $2.1 billion on prescription drugs in 2011.
In recent discussions about the controversial Republican budget proposal, the focus seems to be the public’s strong opposition to the proposed cuts to the Medicare program. Although Medicare is incredibly vital to the American people, it’s unfortunate that Medicaid, the program designed to provide coverageto the most vulnerable Americans, has been left out of the discussion. But that’s changing: 41 Democratic Senators are presenting a united front against proposed attacks on Medicaid.
Sandy Kintz of Westport, New York, is a lung cancer survivor, but her daily life is anything but carefree. The former nurse has to use two inhalers and is unable to walk more than 60 feet without stopping because she has such difficulty breathing. She can’t afford all of her prescribed medication and explains simply, “Some drugs I can’t afford, so I gave them up.” You read that right: A cancer survivor has to give up prescribed medication because she cannot afford it. How ridiculous is that?