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Martin Luther King Jr. -- Health Care as a Moral Crisis

John Geyman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

As Martin Luther King knew full well, health care is a moral issue. Virtually all advanced countries around the world recognized long ago that health care is a human right, not a privilege based on ability to pay.

Carvin's Cornhusker Quandary in King

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Doug Kendall

It would be surprising if any member of the Supreme Court would take the King v. Burwell petitioners' wholly unsubstantiated assertions about former Sen. Ben Nelson's critical role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act at face value, particularly in light of his direct and explicit contradiction of those assertions.

Immigration Status Adds Layer of Complexity to ACA Enrollment

National Council of La Raza | Posted 01.27.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can only be met once everyone who is eligible and in need of health coverage receives it. This is especially true for the Latino community, which stands to benefit the most from the new health care law, but only if more of us enroll.

Mitch McConnell, Really!

Gerry Myers | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of embracing and building on Obama's policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?

New Congress Faces Crucial Leadership Test for Kids

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

With congressional support and action on both sides of the aisle, states can continue to make progress towards ensuring America's health insurance system works for all our children- an outcome supported by Americans of all political stripes.

The Golden Globes Isn't the Only Victory for the Trans Community This Year

Julian Aldana | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Julian Aldana

Jeffrey Tambor made a great point this last Sunday -- representation matters. That's also why the ACA matters, and will continue to matter, for trans young adults looking for an affordable path to a healthier life.

5 Things Latinos Should Know About Getting Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

National Council of La Raza | Posted 01.14.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

More Latinos lack health insurance than any other group in the U.S., so it is crucial that they take the opportunity to obtain coverage under the ACA. While significant improvements have been made to the enrollment process, some Latinos still face challenges.

2015 -- Happy New Year, Happy Tax Fitness!

Mark Steber | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

One of my resolutions is to help as many people as possible achieve one of the most common resolutions American's make: financial fitness. Was it on your list or should it have been?

What Are My Alternatives to Affordable Care Act Health Insurance?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 01.14.2015 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

With many states opting not to expand the qualification standards for Medicaid, millions were left with no solutions, caught in what's being called the "coverage gap."

Stronger Patient Protections Are Around the Corner

Myrl Weinberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Myrl Weinberg

While overuse of costly services benefits no one, policymakers should ban cost-sharing arrangements that impede appropriate health seeking behaviors, especially for people with chronic conditions.

12 Holiday Reasons to Be #Out2Enroll and #GetCovered

Kellan Baker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kellan Baker

Twelve months of coverage. If you signed up for coverage by December 15, you'll start the new year off with coverage on January 1, 2015 -- and unlike your New Year's resolutions, you'll be able to keep that coverage for the whole rest of the year.

Obamacare, the Game, Part II: We're on the Road to Health Care

Brian Ross | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

I share with you my story because it is emblematic of the level of complexity of the bloated private insurance-based ACA that is both inefficient and costly. It is a system whose "bottom line" focuses on corporate profits and executive compensation, not patient care, cost control, and improved outcomes.

We're Here, We're Queer, We're Covered!

Julian Aldana | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Julian Aldana

This year, young LGBTQ adults who still lack health insurance have another chance to sign up and reap the benefits of coverage. Some of those benefits include free HIV screenings, depression screenings, well-woman visits and preventive services such as pap tests and mammograms.

Expert: Obamacare Supporters Should Be Very Worried About The Supreme Court

The New England Journal Of Medicine | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court's surprise announcement on November 7 that it would hear King v. Burwell struck fear in the hearts of supporters of the Afforda...

It's December -- Do You Know Where Your Tax Paperwork Is?

Mark Steber | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

By having all your documents in one place, you are one step closer to filing your return. Remember my first rule of tax return time? The earlier you file, the sooner you will get your refund!

Where Are the Democrats and Their Values?

Gerry Myers | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

A red state cannot turn purple without the addition of blue. This last election, only one-third of the country spoke. The majority were vocal, passionate conservatives who always come out to vote... rain or shine.

Calling All Democrats: We Need a New Brand of Courage

D. Taylor | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
D. Taylor

The President's decision to grant relief to millions of immigrants in this country, despite Republican threats, shows our members that their voices -- their families -- matter. Millions of lives will change from this one brave act, and it's the kind of courage that will inspire our members to vote again.

Almost Thanksgiving and Extenders Are Still on the Table. What Does That Mean to Your Taxes?

Mark Steber | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

The mid-term elections are over, but -- as of this minute -- Congress has not tackled extending some tax breaks, i.e. that collective group known as the "Tax Extenders", which we address seemingly every couple of years.

Americans Don't Support the Republican Agenda

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The best thing Republicans had going for them in this election was the fact that they weren't in the same party as President Obama. But it would be a huge mistake for them to act as though this was an endorsement of their policies -- a mistake they seem likely to make. A mistake that seems destined to be part of the 2016 Republican autopsy.

Krugman's Obamacare-Inspired Attack on 'Corrupt' Judges Should Be Laughed Out of Court

Evan Bernick | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is an effective polemicist with a wide readership. So when he makes arguments that are at best factually wrong and at worst disingenuous, one cannot simply ignore them.

Death Panel?

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock

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Language Access Key to Keeping Health Care Doors Open to All

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

For many, though, even that wasn't enough, and the federal exchange sent out notices requiring more documentation. However, the full notices were sent only in English and Spanish, without warnings in other languages indicating that recipients' health insurance was at stake.

4 Things Obamacare Has Actually Changed For Small Business

Marc Prosser | Posted 01.11.2015 | Small Business
Marc Prosser

Some Obamacare features have appeared as expected, but others have been delayed or changed from how they were originally written. To clear the air, here's four ways Obamacare has actually changed the law since 2010.

Biosimilars: Another Untold Story of the Affordable Care Act

Rep. Bobby Rush | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Rep. Bobby Rush

Were it not the political lightning rod that it has become, many more Americans would have a much clearer understanding about the ACA's wide breadth and how some of the law's policy changes will benefit them and their loved ones.

Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Obamacare Federal Subsidies

AP | By MARK SHERMAN | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over Pre...