December 3, 2012

When Profit Seeking Trumps Patient Safety

Kim Bailey

Health System Improvement Program Director

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.

August 30, 2010

Guaranteed coverage for patients in clinical trials

Colleen Haller

Staff Writer

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.

December 3, 2012

Budget Diagnosis, Part 4: Seniors Shouldn’t Pay the Price for Tax Cuts for the Rich

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.

August 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Medicare

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

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.

November 30, 2012

Budget Diagnosis, Part 3: Women’s Health and the Budget

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.

August 2, 2010

Appealing insurance company denials just got easier

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

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.

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