It's easy to think of the Affordable Care Act as a federal program so big that it is impregnable and impervious to change. But that would be wrong. In fact, there are provisions in the ACA that allow states to change major parts of the law.
Whether we acknowledge it or not, our health is a part of who we are. Being healthy is not limited to our physical body, but also our emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being.
The president has taken important steps to increase the capacity of the mental health system in the U.S. With the support of Congress, SAMHSA can build on its leadership and success to help all Americans -- including those with SMI -- lead healthy, full, and productive lives in their communities.
Would it make sense to drop or slow federal programs fighting hospital-acquired conditions just when the nation is, at long last, making progress? Not unless we can substitute even better ways for the government to protect the public's health care safety.
It's important to note that even if you were denied coverage before, you should still go ahead and submit a new application before February 15. We spoke with enrollees and navigators about this during an enrollment event held last Sunday at the NCLR Florida Regional Office in Miami.
The House voted again to repeal Obamacare.
The GOP plan would take us back to the days when insurers could sell junk policies, charge older folks more than they can today and calculate premiums based on a person's health status.
While Obamacare has been a step in the right direction, more and more people across the country understand that a single-payer healthcare system is the only way to guarantee quality care and at the same time reduce medical costs.
To get a sense of what these people do every day, we caught up with Cliff Clark, Program Director for NCLR Affiliate MHP Salud, which offers navigator assistance to the Rio Grande Valley. MHP Salud is a community-based organization that specializes in community health worker programs.
While the unemployment rate is respected as the final score and indicator of employment in the U.S., we feel like it is humming along consistent with a commendable 5.6 percent rate of unemployment. Clearly, this is not the only measure that should be considered.
The end of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is less than two weeks away. Latinos have a lot to gain from enrollment, particularly those with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, and HIV.
Among those who were uninsured, 87 percent of the individuals surveyed spoke a language other than English. Not surprisingly then, being able to get information that was easy to understand and in a person's primary spoken language was one of the deciding factors in getting covered.
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.
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.
Domingo Carino arrived in the U.S. from the Philippines in 1998. Domingo recently developed a health condition that he desperately needed medication for but couldn't afford without health insurance. He applied for Medicaid but after waiting two months, he was denied coverage. Discouraged, Domingo wondered if there was anything or anyone who could help him.
Advertising executives have recently realized something that those of us in the LGBT community have long known: That recognizing our families is meaningful.