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States Trying To Defund Planned Parenthood May Be Breaking Federal Law

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. government has warned states moving to defund women's health group Planned Parenthood that they may be in con...

Two Great Things Exercise Is Guaranteed to Do For You

Sheridan Kesselman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheridan Kesselman

Working out consistently lets you get better and better and feel stronger and stronger and like the way you look and feel. So why not take a plunge into exercising and get the two great things (not to mention the many other great things) exercise is guaranteed to do for you!

Jeffrey Young

16 Million Fewer Uninsured Thanks To Obamacare | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 16 million Americans gained health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, mainly via the law's health insurance exchange...

42 Illinois Counties Made the Poverty Watch List by the Social Impact Research Center

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois' poverty rate is the highest it's been in about 55 years, says a new study by the Social Impact Research Center. It's been on a steady rise for the last fifteen years, with 14.7 percent of Illinoisans now living at or below the poverty line as defined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Sign-Ups Reach 6.4 Million | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business

Enrollments via the federally run Obamacare health insurance exchanges on surged leading up to a big deadline last week and reached alm...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Sign-Ups Near 500,000 After First Week | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business

More than 460,000 people enrolled in a private health insurance plan on the federally run Obamacare exchanges in 37 states during the first week of th...

HHS Secretary: The Affordable Care Act Helps Women Detect Breast Cancer Early, Pay for Treatment

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 12.28.2014 | Women
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

With awareness, more affordable screenings, better quality of care, and new research and development, we can save millions of women's lives.

Jeffrey Young

Hospitals In States That Won't Expand Medicaid Left With More Unpaid Bills | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business

States that refuse to accept Obamacare's Medicaid expansion aren't just leaving behind poor residents, they're also hurting hospitals' bottom lines. ...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Critics Just Lost Another Talking Point | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business

Obamacare's so-called government takeover of health care was supposed to destroy the private insurance market. Somebody forgot to tell the health insu...

Jeffrey Young

Almost All Obamacare Enrollees Are Paying For Coverage | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business

The Obama administration on Thursday finally revealed how many people paid for Obamacare on the national and state health insurance exchanges: 7.3 mil...

Welcoming Children to Our Land

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The US has a legal and moral responsibility to protect children fleeing violence.

Will HHS Sec. Burwell Be First Obama Official to Visit Appalachian Health Emergency From Mountaintop Removal?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Since Obama took office in 2009, not a single top-level official from the White House, the EPA, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of the Interior, or the Department of Justice has ever made a fact-finding tour of mountaintop removal mining communities in central Appalachia.

Breaking Affordable Care Act Enrollment Update

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sent hundreds of thousands of notices to individuals, requesting they submit additional d...

4 Things You Need to Know Now to Stay Covered

Elianne Ramos | Posted 10.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Elianne Ramos

Last week, the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace contacted thousands of people whose health care applications are incomplete, require more documentation or simply have been found to have inconsistencies in the information submitted.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare At Risk For 310,000 Who Must Provide Proof Of Legal Status | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama's administration is contacting 310,000 Obamacare enrollees starting Tuesday to warn them that they must verify they are U.S. ci...

Reversing the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Bill Corr | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Corr

This is a deeply troubling and challenging public health problem that is an enormous priority for our Department and President Obama. What gives us hope is the knowledge that we have the power to bring an end to this epidemic. These deaths are preventable.

Detroit's Water Cutoffs: Counterproductive and Coldhearted

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 08.26.2014 | Detroit
Rep. John Conyers

Imagine a week without running water. Imagine not only the physical thirst but also the inability to bathe, to cook, or to clean. This is the reality right now in Detroit. But we can change it.

Jeffrey Young

Millions Get Obamacare Plans For $100 Or Less | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business

Almost seven out of 10 people who bought health insurance on the federal Obamacare exchanges are paying $100 or less a month for coverage, according t...

Laura Bassett

Obama's New Health Secretary May Change How Washington Works | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to inherit one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. As President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of...

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Hepatitis B in the AAPI Community

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. As part of CDC and Hep B United's Know Hepatitis B campaign, this in...

Chevron's Ecuador Plan B

Karen Hinton | Posted 05.09.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

The big news this week in the Chevron-Ecuador saga is the Patton Boggs settlement with the oil giant, which should not be shocking to anyone following the financial troubles of the law firm.

Jeffrey Young

More Than 8 Million Have Signed Up For Obamacare, In Latest Tally | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.01.2014 | Business

Over 8 million individuals signed up for health insurance via the Obamacare exchanges through April 19, according to an official report from the Depar...

The New HHS Secretary and America's Neglected Infections of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

The new HHS Secretary will have a lot on her plate in 2014. It is my hope that with her unique skill set, Ms. Burwell will address this vital and most glaring health disparity among the poorest of the poor in the southern United States.

Such Fail: HHS Adopts Stray Doge To Hawk Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Byron Kittle | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

No, this article will not start with a series of fragmented sentences expressing mock enthusiasm. Because if there was any question the "doge" meme ha...

Now Is the Best Time to Take Care of the Hearts That Matter Most to You

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

The medical community is on the front lines, of course, treating sick patients, helping others recover and -- equally importantly -- educating and encouraging others how to avoid the dangerous tentacles of the No. 1 killer of Americans.