Fact Sheet
May 2012

A Nation in Need of Dental Care

Discusses how limited access to dental care in the United States has an effect on overall health, productivity, and financial security.

September 6, 2012

Sister Simone

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

As the second night of the Democratic National Convention got under way, women once again played a major role. From Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), to Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren, it’s clear women’s issues are a hot topic. But the speaker that stood out the most for me was Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK, and one of the nuns on the bus. For me and my Families USA colleagues, Sister Simone holds a special place in our hearts.

September 12, 2011

Free Preventive Care: What's in it for you

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

You may have heard that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, preventive services are now offered free-of-charge to people with new insurance plans. And while it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that nipping health care problems in the bud improves public health in the long term, you may have a few questions about how the new policy might benefit you today.

March 28, 2011

The crab and his mother

Justin Kolikof

Deputy Director of Digital Strategy

Aesop tells us an interesting story called “The Crab and His Mother.”  The fable goes:

A crab said to her son, "Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward." The young crab replied: "Quite true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise to walk in it." The mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her child.

Hold that thought for just a moment, while Senator Orrin Hatch tells us another interesting story.

July 20, 2010

Prevention makes for a healthier society

Many Americans today are not getting the check-ups that they need, and we know that focusing on early detection and prevention saves lives. So the White House, along with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, are making an investment in preventive care.

This week, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and Kathleen Sebelius announced new regulations around prevention, which were made available as a result of health reform.

September 4, 2012

Dems Platform Promises to Protect and Improve Health Care

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

With all the rhetoric being thrown around about health care, the importance of the reforms we’ve made and the need to protect those reforms and move forward can be easily forgotten. With the release of the Democratic platform last night, it seems they too understand this and want to make sure our health care rights are not only protected, but also improved upon.

March 23, 2011

One year later: No death panels here

Ron Pollack

Executive Director

I don’t know about you, but it seems like yesterday that Sarah Palin was speaking into every microphone she could find lamenting that health reform would lead to President Obama personally pulling the plug on your grandma.

Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s been exactly one year since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama and not one beloved grandmother has been subjected to a death panel.

July 19, 2010

Healthier moms, healthier babies

For a lot of women, being pregnant is an exciting time filled with anticipation, baby showers, and nursery decorations. But for lower-income women who don’t have access to affordable health care, pregnancy—and the health complications that sometimes come with it—can be downright scary.

According to a new report by Families USA, “many low-income women face barriers to getting the health care they need.” And shockingly,

August 22, 2012

Obamacare: Helping Millenials Live Long, Healthy Lives

Nathan Forman

Staff Writer

If you follow the news, you may have seen reports that young people are not the healthiest. In fact, there is an ugly prediction for our future: Life expectancy for my generation is expected to decline; we will live shorter lives—on average—than our parents did.


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