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Obamacare on the Docket Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress have been saying for five years now that their top priority is to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. The problem, however, is that they are now scrambling to come up with something (anything!) that would help convince John Roberts to vote against the ACA.

Off to the ER: Will I Be Treated With Dignity?

Beck Bailey | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Beck Bailey

Recently I found myself in a situation that many transgender people dread: I was in an accident and required emergency medical care.

Small Things Big Wins in Health Care

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

When it comes to the recovery of a patient, no matter how small an improvement is, there is still a level of improvement that is taking place. Something as subtle as the blink of an eye can be a monumental milestone because in that split second you are witnessing a speck of light in a world that had the possibility of remaining in complete darkness.

How Do I Spot Medical Billing Errors?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 02.27.2015 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

The complex world of medical billing is ripe for errors. As many as 250 people -- from the nurse to the medical coder -- could be involved in generating just one bill. With all of those hands touching the bill that will ultimately end up in your mailbox, it's no wonder some experts estimate as many as 80 percent contain mistakes.

Your Medical Expenses Are How Much? Uncovering the True Cost of Healthcare

Gayle Gatchalian | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Gayle Gatchalian

While America remains roiled in a debate about the ins and outs of Obamacare, in much of the developing world, the health insurance issue transcends pithy media soundbites -- people struggle every day because they lack access to even the most basic health care.

King v. Burwell: Public Health's 21st Century Call to Action

Shalini Pammal | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Shalini Pammal

Working toward a more equitable, just society takes time and is challenging, but some of the most unprecedented progress has been made in grassroots movements.

Nursing Job Satisfaction, Safety and Productivity

Abby Pingree | Posted 02.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Abby Pingree

I am aware that "get in and get out" is an attitude one must adopt to complete a very busy work day and still have time and energy to manage a home life. I feel this is not right. I understand that days like this occasionally occur but when this is the accepted norm it is time to re-think our nursing business model.

Nursing Home Resident On Group Disney Trip: 'I Felt Like A Kid Again On Christmas Morning'

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.19.2015 | Good News

The most magical place on Earth isn't just for kids. For the past four years, Signature HealthCare, a company that operates several nursing and re...

The Drug That Is Bankrupting America

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

America is the land of breakthrough science -- and health care scams. There is no question that Solvadi is a lifesaver for millions of Americans infected by Hepatitis C. Yet Solvadi is also the poster child of a U.S. health care system that is being bankrupted by greed, lobbying and indefensible policies on drug pricing.

Women in Business Q&A: Donna Moyer, CEO, Preferred HealthStaff

Laura Dunn | Posted 02.15.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Donna Moyer is the CEO and co-founder of Preferred HealthStaff, an in home care franchise that goes beyond the traditional services. Moyer has decades of experience in the health care industry.

Quick Route to Reporting Health Care Insurance Information on Your Taxes

Mark Steber | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

If you don't get to take Exit 1, or have questions about whether you owe a shared responsibility payment with your tax return or if you are must repay some of your advance premium tax credit payment, it might be best to consult a tax pro. Wishing you safe travels.

6 Ways the League of Women Voters Has Impacted Your Life

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

This year, the League of Women Voters celebrates our 95th anniversary. The League was founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920 -...

How Can I Verify if a Provider Is in My Coverage Network?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 02.12.2015 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

If you unknowingly are treated by an out-of-network doctor, you'll be stuck with a significantly higher bill than you would with an in-network doctor. A little due diligence before making your next appointment can save you a considerable amount in out-of-pocket costs.

Why We Don't Want to Be Our Own Patient Advocates

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

But, perhaps if we understand why we are making the choices that we are, it will be easier to make changes in those choices -- if we choose to do so.

How Developers Are Using New Platforms to Innovate

Phil Simon | Posted 02.11.2015 | Business
Phil Simon

Go to any tech conference these days and you are likely to hear plenty of talk about platforms, software development kits (SDKs), and application programming interfaces (APIs).

The Asbestos Transparency Farce

Robert Weissman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Among the deadliest and cruelest corporate cover-ups in American history is the decades-long effort by the asbestos industry to conceal what it knew about the health impacts of the "magical mineral." There is no small irony, then, in insurers and asbestos-using companies spinning a tale in which they are victimized by powerful lawyers representing asbestos victims.

What Is Balance Billing?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 01.29.2015 | Business
Christina LaMontagne

When a medical provider is part of an insurance network, he agrees to offer discounted rates on services. Out-of-network providers are not bound by this agreement.

Health Care and the Outdoor Industry: Get together already

Stacy Bare | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Stacy Bare

There are side effects to time outdoors: an increased sense of awe, community, experience, connection and even the occasional life-changing experience.

Mitch McConnell, Really!

Gerry Myers | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of embracing and building on Obama's policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?

The Verdict Is In: Obamacare Is Working Exactly As The Law Intended

Buck Wargo | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

Prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, those 50 and older, if they could get coverage, faced premiums several times higher than those who are younger and in better health. That same group is also now eligible for subsides that help lower the cost to make it even more affordable.

Here's How You Can Help Improve The State Of Healthcare For Trans People

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices

What does it mean to be a transgender individual living in America who needs access to affordable healthcare? Filmmaker Christian Hendricks tackles...

A View of Healthcare from Room K 631

Pearl Korn | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Pearl Korn

Hours before Christmas, at exactly 7:00am on December 24th, I was heading to the Emergency Room at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Montefiore ...

Think Stroke Can't Happen to You? Think Again

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

While one's risk of stroke does increase with age (the majority occur in people age 80 and older), stroke can happen to anyone, at any age -- even to young, healthy adults.

Eliminate the Choice Between Food or Medicine

David Waters | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
David Waters

Hi-tech medical treatment can be complicated and costly, especially for those with life-threatening illnesses. But sometimes things that should be simple and affordable, like food, can have the greatest impact on health care costs.

8 Percent Optimistic After JPMorgan's Health Care Conference

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael B. Laskoff

Just as most Americans use the new year as an opportunity to make resolutions, the health care industry uses the (in)famous JPMorgan Annual Healthcare...