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Insights Column 08.17.2011

Help for rural communities

Imagine you get into a car accident in a rural area. It will take first responders and the ambulance 8 minutes longer than it does in urban areas to arrive. And then, it will…

Insights Column 08.11.2011

How the Affordable Care Act is helping small businesses

You desperately want to change careers, but don’t want to risk it knowing you may lose your health insurance. You’ve thought about heading out on your own, but you know you couldn’t afford insurance…

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…