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Insights Column 08.04.2011

Giving Babies and New Mothers an Healthy Start

Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decided to adopt all of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) eight recommendations for fully covered preventive services. This step is a huge improvement for women’s…

Insights Column 08.02.2011

A win for women

Last month, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that a range of benefits essential to women’s health be included as preventive benefits and therefore offered free of charge in all new health plans. We’re…

Insights Column 07.27.2011

IOM Preventive Care Recommendations: Beyond Contraception

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released its recommendations on which services should be added to the list of preventive services new insurance plans must offer at no cost to the patient under the Affordable Care…

Insights Column 07.20.2011

Contraception is Prevention!

Since the passage of the health reform law, prevention has become a much talked about issue. We all know that a lot of pain, suffering, and money could be saved with good prevention strategies,…

Insights Column 07.19.2011

HHS announces new investment in school-based health centers

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced awards of $95 million to 278 school-based health centers across the country. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, made the…

Insights Column 07.14.2011

Rick Santorum’s troubling connection

Rick Santorum, a former U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, wants to be the Republican nominee to run against President Obama next year. Unfortunately for him, he’s also embroiled in a health care scandal—this one involving…

Insights Column 07.01.2011

4th of July and health reform

Living 14 hours away from home, I find myself nostalgic for my childhood days in Mississippi, particularly in the summertime. As we approach July, I often reflect on hanging out with friends and family…

Report 07.01.2011

Perils of Health Insurance Sold across State Lines

Some policy makers have proposed allowing health insurance companies to sell plans in states where they are not licensed. This would be problematic for consumers because insurance companies would be able to undermine state…