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Progress for Children's Health

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey show the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working and helping get people health coverage. This is a welcome stark contrast to new census data showing children remain our poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are.

Health Insurance Is Great - Navigators Needed to Help People Use It

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
LeeAnn Hall

Many of us have had questions about our coverage. How do I select a doctor or other practitioner from my health plan's list of providers? What kind of care comes free of additional costs, and when may I be charged out-of-pocket payments - and how much will those payments be?

Single Payer 'Universal' Health Plans, Versus What?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Perhaps it's time to bust the myth that universal, or government-run, or 'socialized' medicine is somehow less desirable than the present U.S. system of private health insurance.

GOP To Launch New Assault On Obamacare, Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Planned Parenthood and Obamacare are probably the two things the GOP hates most. House Republicans are targeting both this week with an...

In Just One Year, 3.7 Million Young Adults Gain Health Insurance Coverage

Tom Allison | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Tom Allison

The Affordable Care Act is disproportionately benefiting Millennials. Out of 8 million American adults who gained health coverage in 2014, 3.7 million were young adults aged 18 to 34, almost half of the newly covered. That's significant considering they only make up 30 percent of the population.

10 Open Enrollment Mistakes to Avoid

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

As open enrollment approaches at your workplace, here are some mistakes you might want to avoid.

CBO: Individual Mandate Repeal Would Undo Historic Health Coverage Gains

Edwin Park | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Edwin Park

As part of budget reconciliation legislation that may move in coming weeks, House Republican leaders are likely to include a repeal of health reform's requirement, known as the individual mandate, that most individuals have insurance or pay a penalty.

President Obama: Amputees Need Your Help to Get Appropriate Health Care

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mr. President, on behalf of those in the nation who need this type of prosthetic care to live full and productive lives and support themselves and their families, I ask you to look at these issues which are creating barriers to care, delaying, and in some cases, denying prosthetic care to Americans with limb loss.

Expanding Medicare System For All Would Eliminate Health Care Rationing

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The people who shed crocodile tears about health care rationing five years ago don't talk about the rationing that we have now (and had then), but they were right to be outraged. We should all be outraged that, in the richest country on the planet, people are denied needed care on the basis of wealth and income.

(Un)happy 50th for Medicare and Medicaid?

Martha Burk | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

Fifty years ago in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, creating two programs that would disproportionately improve the lives of older and low-income Americans, especially women. Fast forward to 2015, and both are very much under siege.

Happy 50th Medicare!

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Paul Y. Song, MD

When I graduated from medical school almost 25 years ago, I was asked by then U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, to raise my right hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. In it, I recall "I will abstain from that system which is deleterious and mischievous to my patients."

Let's Get Rid of the Term 'White Privilege'

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

The problem with white privilege is that the concept is painfully easy to refute. I'm referring to white individuals who hear the word "privilege" thrown at them and interpret it as an individual attack rather than as a societal fact.

Does the Affordable Care Act Guarantee Healthcare as a Right?

John Geyman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Healthcare as a right has been debated over many years, but is still not in place for all Americans as this country remains an outlier among advanced industrial countries around the world.

Two Current Fronts of the American Health Care Wars: Hepatitis C and Cancer

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

It's clear that health care in the U.S. remains in a state of crisis. Millions of people still don't have health insurance, and pressures remain great to repeal reforms that have extended even bare-bones insurance benefits to the uninsured and underserved.

Jeffrey Young

5 Ways Obamacare Can (And Should) Be Fixed | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Obamacare is here to stay. That’s the message from President Barack Obama and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act after their ...

It's Time for the 30-hour Week

Harlan Green | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Don't look now, but we should soon have the 30-hour work week as the standard, instead of the 40-hour work week last enshrined during FDR's New Deal. Why, when Americans now work more hours than any other developed country?

Who Is the Patient: The Insurance Industry or Real People?

John Geyman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Uncontrolled inflation of health care costs continues unimpeded as insurers, hospitals, drug companies, and others in the medical-industrial complex embrace expanded and subsidized new markets with minimal oversight.

5 Important Things You Didn't Know About Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.26.2015 | Healthy Living

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, preserving nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class Americans r...

SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Ruling Impacts All Iowans, Including Those Who Are LGBT

Donna Red Wing | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the rights of millions of Americans to affordable health care. Affordable health care was, for many, life changing and even life saving. One Iowa is proud to be a part of the necessary outreach to our community who are underserved and underinsured.

Takeaways From the Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling

James R. Knickman | Posted 06.26.2015 | New York
James R. Knickman

We can now feel more confident that this historic legislation will go a long way toward decreasing health inequities -- including uneven access to care -- in New York and across our country.

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Secretly Relieved At Obamacare Ruling, Have No Plan Forward | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans were publicly outraged the Supreme Court again found the Affordable Care Act constitutional, but there was also a deep sense...

SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare: A Shot in the Arm for the Rising American Electorate

Page Gardner | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Page Gardner

Let's not forget that, before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2009, members of the "Rising American Electorate" (African Americans, Latinos, unmarried women and millennials) were facing a serious healthcare crisis.

6 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell

Julie Stich | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Julie Stich

The decision is in! The Supreme Court has ruled on the landmark Affordable Care Act case. Now what?

Medicare at 50: Strengths to Build On

John Geyman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Traditional Medicare has proven its superiority over any private, market-based alternatives for the last 50 years. It is time to build on this social insurance model as the health care debate continues.

Privatized Medicaid Managed Care: Yet Another Health Policy Disaster

John Geyman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

You might think that we learned the lesson of discredited managed care in the 1990s. The term "managed care" is confusing to many, but really amounts to managed reimbursement rather than managed care, whereby a set prospective annual payment is made by federal/state governments, as in the case of Medicaid managed care (MMC), to cover whatever services patients will receive over the coming year.