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Why I Choose to Be the Annoying Friend

Mac Grambauer | Posted 02.24.2015 | Women
Mac Grambauer

I am an annoying friend. I am the person that gets unfollowed on Facebook and that people avoid mentioning certain topics around. I am the friend constantly sharing petition and calls to action, political articles and news stories. At parties, I am the one that shouts at friends to go vote, and lectures siblings when they don't update their voter registration address

2014: The Health Care Year in Review

David Blumenthal | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
David Blumenthal

ICYMI, 2014 was not just any old year in health care. The problem isn't finding historic events to note, it's pruning the list. Here's a crack at some things that we at The Commonwealth Fund thought worth calling out.

12 Holiday Reasons to Be #Out2Enroll and #GetCovered

Kellan Baker | Posted 02.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Kellan Baker

Twelve months of coverage. If you signed up for coverage by December 15, you'll start the new year off with coverage on January 1, 2015 -- and unlike your New Year's resolutions, you'll be able to keep that coverage for the whole rest of the year.

Health Reform: Foolish, Courageous, or Both

David Blumenthal | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Some supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are worried they're paying a political price for health care reform. The political fallout should come as no surprise.

Boehner, McConnell Mislead on Health Reform's Employer Mandate

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Boehner and McConnell called this week for a major change in health reform's requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to employees who work 30 or more hours a week or face a penalty. However, raising the threshold for mandating coverage would make a shift toward part-time employment much more likely -- not less so.

Round Two Will Be Even Harder

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

A mere four weeks lie ahead of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) second open enrollment period and all eyes are on Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell to avoid the glitches that plagued efforts last fall.

Corruption and Culture Increase Diabetes Deaths in India

Riva Greenberg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

When I returned from Bangalore earlier this year, having worked with health professionals at a diabetes clinic for the poor, I expected to write about...

Chronicles of Health Creation: Gratitude to Integrative Medicine and Health's Retiring Champion U.S. Senator Tom Harkin

John Weeks | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In the context of this grassroots uprising of interest, singling out the historic contributions of one person seems inappropriate. Yet for complementary and integrative health policy and inclusion, there is such a giant.

Health, Sensuality and the Supreme Court's New Feudalism

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Hiding sensuality behind health, instead of celebrating it, devalues the erotic lives of women and men. More than that, our political embarrassment about sex has leveraged the power of the wealthy to control the intimate lives of others.

Medical Education: Capitalism's Next Frontier?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Starting a new school is an expensive proposition, which may explain the modest number that have opened in the past decade. But now the private sector may be coming to the rescue by creating proprietary -- or profit-making -- schools to train physicians.

We're Asking Health Care to Fix Something It Didn't Break

Ellen Lawton | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Ellen Lawton

If we are going to ask health care to do more to prevent illness then we have to be honest about where poor health originates, and we have to give doctors and nurses tools and partners to treat the problems they identify.

CBO: Health Reform Is Working -- and Costing Less

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

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.

6 Things You Could Buy Instead of Paying the Penalty for Going Uninsured

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.09.2014 | Money
Napala Pratini

For those going uninsured this year, the Obamacare penalty may seem paltry, but it's set to increase steeply in the next couple of years. In the particular case of tax penalties, what goes up does not come down (unless amended by law).

Health Insurers' New Campaign to Create Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt -- or FUD, to use its acronym -- continues to this day against the Affordable Care Act, and it will be waged in coming months by cynical politicians who believe it will be the surest way to win votes in November.

CBO: Five-Year Individual Mandate Delay Means 13 Million More Uninsured, Higher Premiums

Edwin Park | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Edwin Park

Delaying health reform's individual mandate for five years, as a House bill would do to offset the cost of permanently cancelling scheduled cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, would mean about 13 million more uninsured Americans in 2018 compared to current law, with similar increases in most years that the mandate isn't in effect.

A New Perspective on Obamacare

Napala Pratini | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business
Napala Pratini

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reported that 4 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans through the federal and state-based marketplaces.

Narrow Health Care Provider Networks: Boon or Bane?

David Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Welcome to the world of competition in health care, because that is what narrow networks are about. Picking low-cost suppliers that meet quality standards is the key to business success the world over.

Here's What Really Happens When You Shop For Health Insurance

PolicyGenius | Posted 04.22.2014 | Money

Since the new health insurance exchanges launched last October, there's been a seemingly endless stream of news stories, mostly about rollout problems, health insurance cancellations, enrollment numbers, or personal anecdotes that are quickly repurposed as political fodder. But what about the shopping experience?

Paul Ryan's Misleading Claim About Health Reform, Poor Families, and Work

Edwin Park | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Edwin Park

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's claim that health reform creates a "poverty trap" that discourages poor families from working has it backwards.

State of the Union: An Agenda for Action on Poverty

John Bouman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
John Bouman

The President's message and his ideas are a strong agenda for remedying poverty. And, as he stressed, If we remedy poverty, we build and sustain the middle class. If we do not build and sustain the middle class, then poverty deepens and widens.

Now That We Have Obamacare, Let's Keep Everyone Enrolled

Emily Spitzer | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

The Obamacare rollout is like moving houses: Everything is new and unsettled, tempers fray, and for a while all you can see is chaos before you unpack. Ultimately, though, the promise of health reform is to minimize the upheaval of moves in the long run by ensuring continuity of care.

The 5 Biggest Health Insurance Mistakes You Can Make

Tim Chen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Money
Tim Chen

The Affordable Care Act is causing a lot of confusion amongst consumers. If you're uninsured or are otherwise considering enrollment in the new marketplace, here are some common mistakes to avoid in navigating the tricky road to coverage.

The President Was Right: It's More Than Just a Website

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

For months, the focus was on a date -- October 1 -- the day when the health insurance marketplace opened for business. With all the attention on this one date, everyone seemed to forget about the significant and needed changes that the ACA ushered in.

How Our Faith in Supermarkets, Nurses and Pharmacists Can Drive Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

The most significant health reform for people in the immediate term will happen at home, in our families and local communities.

The Presidential Health Care Curse: Why Do They Bother?

David Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

There is simply no way for presidential health care reformers to avoid grievous political harm, as the experience of President Barack Obama is now demonstrating in spades.