As a person who has been living with what's commonly known as "a preexisting health condition," and one that can require expensive surgery and even result in emergency-room visits if it gets out of control, I consider the Affordable Care Act a lifesaver.
New York has distinguished itself through the creation of NY State of Health. The marketplace has excelled, despite a very tight timeframe, while other state marketplaces and the federally facilitated one faltered.
Pregnancy can be one of life's most exciting phases as you prepare to welcome a new family member, but it can also be one of the most stressful, especially as the details of your maternity coverage start to bog you down.
On May 7th, many people like myself will be volunteering their personal time in order to ask Congress to support legislation that will allow more people to afford IVF treatments.
With the completion of open enrollment for individual health insurance, the focus on Obamacare shifts from how many people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act to who signed up.
I don't hold you personally responsible for what's going on in my life but, as a citizen in your country, I'd love you to know what's happening at ground level. For people like me, who bought insurance through the Affordable Care Act. And. It's a mess. A crazy frustrating mess.
Health reform will cut the rate of uninsurance nearly in half. CBO estimates that health reform will reduce the share of the non-elderly population without insurance from 20 percent in the law's absence to about 16 percent in 2014 and about 11 percent in 2016 and beyond. That's 26 million more people with health coverage.
Three and a half years after my cancer diagnosis at age 25, I am still juggling treatments, a team of physicians and near-daily EOBs, bills, phone calls and fights. Along with fighting to keep living, I feel like I'm fighting not to lose all my money; and there's no end in sight.
I always feel obliged to ask my patients to consider carefully what they might be getting themselves and their families into before they have any genetic testing or sequencing done that is not anonymous.
Not only were women subject to discriminatory rates, but none of the preventive services women typically need were required. That is no longer the case. But a glaring hole remains -- the failure of 24 states to expand Medicaid to cover 6.4 million of the working poor.
I feel lucky to count myself among the early believers in Huskies basketball. As I wear my UConn shirt proudly today, I remember when the campus community rallied around our entire family.
Their ammunition is dwindling. Most of the horror stories they've been able to present have proven false. There is, however, one tiny issue they can cling to, and it came from the president's own lips.
Millions of people enrolled. So why are these politicians not smiling? ...
Democrats, from this point on, should adopt a very simple technique to disarm Republican squabbles about Obamacare numbers. To every figure quoted for people gaining health insurance, Democrats should end with "... and counting."
Being denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions, facing financial ruin because of illness, and vague unreliable health plans are slowly becoming things of the past, thanks to Obamacare. But challenges still abound.
Why can't everyone shut up about Obamacare? Because now the real problems will start to surface. People who thought their monthly premiums were too high may drop out and stop paying, thus losing their insurance. The lucky ones will end up on Fox complaining about it. The rest will just "go bare," which is where they started in the first place. Those who chose a Bronze plan but have some serious medical expenses will face some pretty hefty costs before any insurance kicks in. The fact that there is a cap on annual and lifetime out-of-pocket costs will be small comfort when facing $5,000 or $6,000 in deductible costs. Then there will be people who go to their doctor only to find out he or she is not in their plan. Or they just didn't read the fine print and figure out they have to pay a deductible for their prescription drugs. The potential for keeping this thing alive until the November elections is nearly endless.