August 31, 2011

Money awarded to protect public health

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” couldn’t be more accurate when talking about public health in America. When we catch health problems early and treat them accordingly, we end up saving lives—and money—in the process.

March 14, 2011

Surgeon General Previews Preventive Health Strategy

Rachel Bates

Staff Writer

A recent article by Charles Fiegl reports that U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin has drafted a strategy focused on preventive health care. It is important that Americans stay healthy as we approach 2014, when tens of millions of currently uninsured Americans will gain health insurance.

June 17, 2010

Women and health reform

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

It doesn’t even need to be said that women play an integral role in the health care of many others, including their children, their parents, and their families as a whole. And though women make up half of the U.S. population, for years they have not received treatment equal to men in the health care system. Health reform aims to eliminate this unfair treatment.

August 3, 2012

Worry No More Applies to All: Pre-Existing Conditions and Communities of Color

Jamille Fields

Staff Writer

It has always seemed backward that those who need insurance the most—people who are already sick—are turned down for coverage or forced to pay higher premiums. Thanks to the new health law, insurers will no longer be able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions by charging them higher premiums or denying them coverage. A recent Families USA report, Worry No More: Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Are Protected by the Health Care Law, shows just how many people across the nation stand to gain from this portion of the health law.

August 9, 2011

Thank you health reform: How Seniors benefit in 2012

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

For Medicare beneficiaries, there was a host of good news from the federal government last week.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), premiums for prescription drug coverage will not rise in 2012, more seniors are now receiving preventive care thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and beneficiaries who have reached the doughnut hole are receiving a 50% discount on prescription drugs.

February 17, 2011

Prevention is a top priority

Colleen Haller

Staff Writer

Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law last March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been working around the clock to implement its provisions. As part of their efforts, HHS recently announced that the federal government is making a $750 million investment in prevention.

May 10, 2010

Real stories, not rhetoric

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

We recently asked you, the members of the Stand Up for Health Care community, to let us know how health reform will affect your lives. The response was overwhelming. And while opponents of reform are relying on tired old rhetoric, we’ve collected stories from people like you whose lives will be better thanks to health reform.

Jean from Minnesota told us,

August 2, 2012

Being Able to Breastfeed Just Got a Little Easier

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

Having a baby is a wonderful and joyous experience, but it can also be expensive. Very expensive. From the prenatal care, to the birthing costs, to making sure you have all the right tools and gadgets necessary to raise a happy and healthy baby—the costs can add up.

August 4, 2011

Giving Babies and New Mothers an Healthy Start

Eileen Falk

Staff Writer

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 health—especially because of two services that are included that focus on maternal care. The first is screening for gestational diabetes, and the second is lactation counseling and equipment.

January 26, 2011

Healthcare Question of the Week: Does healthcare reform mean seniors will suffer?

Michealle Gady

Staff Writer

Q: I supported health care reform and was so elated when it passed, however...Now I hear of cuts in payments to doctors for Medicare. Many doctors refuse Medicare patients already, but with more cuts there will be no medical care for seniors. Supplement plans won't cover anything that Medicare doesn't cover, or doctors that don't take Medicare. Health insurance for seniors is a near impossibility. So does health care reform mean health care on the back of seniors?

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