In coming weeks, we can expect the Republican-controlled Congress to push two Obamacare bills that would hike profits for some businesses. What we can't expect, from either Republicans or Democrats, unfortunately, is any effort to help families, even those with insurance, to stay out of bankruptcy court because of mounting medical bills.
Taken together all these changes will probably be good for our health. But change is seldom welcome and transitions are often uncomfortable. There's are some big ones happening in medicine these days.
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.
The list includes three books that confront head-on the difficult issue of patient death, three more on politics and money in healthcare, and finally, my vote for The Most Memorable Book of 2014.
Whether we are living or surviving is a reflection of the quality of the relationship that we have with our emotions and the openness and availability of our mind to engage fully in that relationship.
IMAN has worked on providing critical services to Chicago's inner city communities, and has provided opportunities for Muslims to translate their faith into social justice work that benefits the community.
Many GOP governors who loudly condemned Obamacare are secretly signing up for the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion. They aren't just Republicans in Democrat states. A growing number are from Southern conservative states, like Alabama and Tennessee.
As small business owners consider renewing their health care coverage, it's important for them to know there are some small business-friendly features of the new health care law coming their way.
Millions of Americans are still filing for bankruptcy because of medical debt, even though they have insurance. In 2015, families could be on the hook for 13,200 in out-of-pocket expenses before their coverage kicks in. That's far more than many household budgets will allow.
Now that charities' holiday solicitations are building toward their annual climax, you may notice that you're giving more money to the needy than you usually do. What you probably don't realize is that you've been giving tax money to the non-needy all year long.
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.
Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.
Whether the Green Mountain State keeps moving forward with its goal of achieving universal coverage while also reducing the growth of health care spending depends largely on how the state's residents and businesses react to what Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has in mind.
We now must shift our focus from reaction and responding to planning and preparing. Only then will our health investments lead to real gains in the health of all people regardless of their income or nationality.
Not too long ago, those who did not have access to affordable health insurance through a parent or employer were often faced with a choice between paying expensive premiums for coverage or putting food on the table and a keeping a roof overhead.
The Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA) was signed into effect in 2010, but 2014 marked the first year most Americans were required to have health insurance. As the year comes to a close, what does this mean for you?