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Health Care Rationing: The Roar and the Silence

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No discussion means no probing, no deep thinking, no careful exchange of ideas. We do, indeed, ration health care in the United States; we just don't talk about it, with the result that we ration it altogether irrationally.

Uninsured Rate Continues To Drop

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

The rate of uninsured Americans continued to drop in the second quarter of 2015, according to a new Gallup survey. The decline is evidence of lasting ...

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.

Fewer People Are Having Trouble Paying Medical Bills, Thanks To Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business

The number of Americans struggling to pay medical bills fell last year for the first time in nearly a decade -- the latest sign that Obamacare is maki...

The 10 Cities With The Highest Quality Of Life

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business

If you're looking to improve your happiness, you might consider heading to the Midwest. According to new rankings based on a study by Nerdwallet, the ...

State Legislators Vote Down Medicaid Bill Again

AP | By ANDREW DeMILLO | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas legislators have defeated for a second day in a row a compromise plan to expand Medicaid by purchasing private ins...

Obamacare Tweak Is A Big Win For Some Large Companies

AP | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other companies with lots of low-wage and part-time workers are among the main benefici...

If You Want to Play Doctor, Don't Hire an Insurance Company as Your Receptionist

Barbara Garson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Barbara Garson

If it was hard for underwater homeowners to distinguish between bankers and bureaucrats while they were losing their homes, it will be even harder for frustrated sick people to untangle the public and private strands so tightly braided into the Affordable Care Act.

Proof Of A Doctor Shortage?

Kaiser Health News | Jenny Gold | Posted 01.30.2014 | Business

Provided by Kaiser Health News. Need to see a doctor? You may have to wait. A survey of physician practices in 15 metropolitan areas across ...

Affording Obamacare: New York's New Health Plan Rates

James R. Knickman | Posted 09.18.2013 | New York
James R. Knickman

With open enrollment just two-and-a-half months away, plenty of work must still be done to educate New Yorkers about the Health Benefit Exchange and ensure that as many people as possible -- more than 1 million New Yorkers -- gain health care coverage.

Wellness Coverage and Obamacare

Sherry Kahn | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Sherry Kahn

Everyone is talking and worrying about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law in 2010. What has received less attention are the provisions for preventive care and potentially increasing access to health care providers who practice from a whole person, naturalistic perspective.

Lucia Graves

Coal Companies' Dispute Leaves Miners' Benefits In Limbo | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Alana Green worked underground. Not for the CIA or the police, but in a coal mine for eight hours a day, six days a week, for five years...

Health Reform's Success Depends on Language Access

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

March 23 marks the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. As we celebrate this year's birthday, let's make sure that all communities, including those who don't speak English, are able to benefit.

IRS Warns Colleges Not To Screw Over Adjunct Faculty

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.08.2013 | College

The Internal Revenue Service put colleges and universities on warning with new proposed rules issued this month, warning them not to skimp when counti...

A New Year's Resolution for our Nation's Leaders: Prioritize Women's Health

Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH

On Election Day, women voters spoke loud and clear to give President Barack Obama a second term. While pundits and politicos might attribute this significant ten-point gender gap to abortion politics, a deeper look at women voters' sentiments unveils a different story.

What No One Tells You: The Shame

Cathie Beck | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

What I didn't see coming, what I did not expect, was how ashamed everyone is about their lack of health coverage. I've been caught off guard, these last weeks, when friends and acquaintances have cornered me and whispered of their own non-insured situations.

Dear Ms. Patient, Great Things Are Happening

Ricky Choi, MD, MPH | Posted 08.29.2012 | San Francisco
Ricky Choi, MD, MPH

It is hard to believe that a decision by only nine people so removed from us can make such a tremendous impact on our daily lives. But this decision does.

Health Care Coverage Tips for Young Adults

Claire Moshenberg | Posted 08.04.2012 | Parents
Claire Moshenberg

Are you a young adult looking for health care or the parent of a young adult who's navigating the sometimes complicated world of tracking down coverage? This post is for you.

Staggering Share Of Americans Lacked Health Insurance Last Year

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the fate of healthcare reform in the current electi...

Health Reform and My 8-Year-Old Son

Michelle Cunningham | Posted 05.22.2012 | Parents
Michelle Cunningham

I am grateful for the Affordable Care Act because my 8-year-old son, a leukemia survivor, has health insurance today because of it.

Can Strong Prayer Bend The Medical Cost Curve?

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Michael L. Millenson

Appealing to the Almighty offers awe-inspiring economic potential. In the Bible, both Moses and Jesus heal lepers. Think what they could do with diabetes or cancer! Still, the question remains whether prayers by ordinary people can produce an equivalent clinical impact.

Catholic Universities Sue Feds

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.22.2012 | College

Four colleges have filed lawsuits against the federal government over the new policy by the Obama administration mandating that employees of religious...

Poverty Amid Plenty: America's Continuing Shame

David Coates | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
David Coates

To what degree are we all fellow-citizens in this society, and to what degree are we not? Are we one America or are we two? If we are one America, it is surely time to make the alleviation of poverty our number one priority.

Health Care Law Sees Nearly 1 Million Young Adults Gain Coverage

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — At least one part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has proven popular. With the economy sputtering, the number of y...

Medicaid Performance Bonuses

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kathleen Sebelius

Earlier this week, our department awarded $206 million in performance bonuses to states that have significantly increased the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and streamlined their enrollment processes to make it easier to sign up.