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.

February 9, 2012

Playing Politics with Women's Health

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, come August 1, 2012, many insurance plans will be required to cover contraception as part of women's preventive care - meaning no more co-pays or deductibles. This is welcome news to many women paying monthly co-pays for their contraceptives and especially for those on insurance plans that don't cover them at all.

May 4, 2011

On cervical cancer prevention

Rachel Bates

Staff Writer

Each year about 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 American women die from the disease. While this number has decreased over the last few decades, it should be drastically lower because cervical cancer is easily treated and prevented.

September 28, 2010

What the repeal proposal would do

Ron Pollack

Executive Director

Just last week, new and helpful health reform provisions kicked in, benefiting millions of American families across the country. Recent college graduates can now stay on their parents’ plan until they’re 26. Moms now have the freedom to choose their own OBGYNs without prior approval from their insurance plan. And insurance companies can no longer arbitrarily take away your coverage if you get sick.

March 15, 2010

Marcelas Owens: Our Youngest Health Care Lobbyist

Tara Bostock

Staff Writer

When I was in elementary school, I spent my time playing in my backyard or running around with my friends on the playground, I certainly didn't think much about health care. But that's probably because I didn't have to: I was always covered through one of my parents' jobs and so was my entire family.

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.

April 28, 2011

Barbour insists there's no one in Mississippi without health care

Last week, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said, “There’s nobody in Mississippi that does not have access to health care.”

As a Native Mississippian, I truly cannot understand how Governor Barbour can outright lie like that. Saying that everyone in Mississippi has access to care is just not true—an estimated 18 percent of state’s population is uninsured.

September 27, 2010

Expert Q&A: Are preventive services covered?

Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled answers for select questions to our experts in a short series to help you navigate changes to the health care system. Here's the latest:  

Question: Will preventive services such as routine vaccines and mammograms be covered under health reform?

January 29, 2010

Medicare after health reform

Tara Bostock

Staff Writer

My grandparents are monumentally confused about health care reform. And rightfully so-opponents of health reform have told them that they're going to lose their Medicare, and that they will have to defend their life in front of a death panel.

Today, at the Families USA Health Action Conference, I attended a workshop that gave me information that will assuage my grandparent's fears. Speakers at the Medicare after Health Reform workshop outlined how Medicare will really change with reform: How the claims of opponents are far from the truth.

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