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.
Given the size and scope of the Affordable Care Act, learning about what it has to offer can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Amidst all the many benefits heading our way—the law eliminates pre-existing condition exclusions, allows young adults to stay on their parents’ plan, provides subsidies to help pay for coverage, requires insurance companies to spend more premium dollars directly on medical care, helps people appeal insurers’ decisions, etc.—it’s easy to miss some of the less high-profile, but equally important, protections included in the law.
This is the fourth 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. This post is a guest blog by Barbara J. Easterling from Alliance for Retired Americans. Check out our first three posts here.
Friday, July 30, marked the 45th anniversary of the enactment of Medicare. The program was established when President Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 into law. This law has forever changed the way seniors and people with disabilities receive their health care. Millions of seniors have come to rely on the Medicare program to provide them with affordable, quality, and reliable health coverage—it is one of the most popular and effective programs among the populations it serves.
This is the third 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. This post is a guest blog by Karen Davenport from the National Women’s Law Center. Check out our first two posts here.
A single mother goes to see her doctor in search of a treatment for the pain caused by her multiple sclerosis, which has persisted through many different treatments. Her doctor tells her about a new drug that has just come out that might finally do the trick and writes her a prescription. Excited, the mother goes to the pharmacy. But to her dismay, the pharmacist says that he can’t give her the drug unless she pays $150 on the spot.
Is newer always better? Not in the case of a pricey new cancer drug, according to clinical trial data and experts around the nation. The drug, Zaltrap, is getting lots of media attention not because it is novel for a new drug to be twice as expensive as its competitor and no more effective (the FDA doesn't require new medicines to be either more effective or less costly than existing drugs), but because Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center—one of the nation's premier cancer treatment centers—has decided that it won't offer Zaltrap to its patients.
Some of you may know TV legend Andy Griffith by his work, and some of you may have just heard about him through your parents. He was known as the ornery old lawyer on Matlock and was probably most popular as the wise sheriff of the fictional town Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show in the late 1960s. Now, 50 years later, he’s back and just like the old times, he’s offering sage advice to the American public.
What Governor Romney Doesn’t Want People Over 55 to Hear About His Medicare Plan
Part 5: An unstable Medicare and losing your doctor
Today, President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined in on a national conference to talk about how health reform will affect seniors. People at dozens of viewing parties around the country tuned in to find out more about what’s in the new law and how generations to come will have the safety and security of having access to quality, affordable health care during retirement.