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HHS Should Implement Critical Civil Rights Protections Under the ACA

David Stacy | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
David Stacy

Five years since its passage, more than 16 million Americans have enrolled to receive health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (the ACA)-- man...

Feds Pay for Drug Fraud: 92 Percent of Foster Care, Poor Kids Prescribed Antipsychotics Get Them for Unaccepted Uses

Art Levine | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Art Levine

The release in late March of an alarming new report by federal investigators has confirmed in shocking new detail what has been known for years: Poor and foster care kids covered by Medicaid are being prescribed too many dangerous antipsychotic drugs at young ages for far too long -- mostly without any medical justification at all.

LGBTQ Health Disparities Have Been Eliminated

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

I've worked in the field of LGBTQ health my whole adult life. Frankly, considering the depth of our disparities, I felt that I would have job security forever.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

Housing Families, Children and Youth

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Amidst growing concern for families, the National Alliance to End Homelessness this week is holding its 2015 Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness.

President's Budget Proposal Addresses Housing Needs

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We need to join together to persuade Congress to fund programs that end homelessness, create more supportive housing, and increase the overall supply of affordable housing for all Americans.

Obama's Missed Opportunity

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

President Obama is experiencing the lowest approval ratings of his presidency. Most Democratic House and Senate candidates in this year's midterm elections see the president as a drag on their campaigns; they avoid him at all costs (but welcome the money he still raises).

Former Bush Official Sees Problems With Ebola Travel Ban

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former HHS secretary under President George W. Bush says he sees "lots of problems" with using travel bans to contain diseases li...

Two Simple Things HHS Can Do to Improve Health of LGBT People

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

If HHS makes these designations, community health centers and other safety net providers will get access to desperately needed federal funding to reach out to LGBT people and provide them with culturally competent and affirming preventive care.

DC Circuit Decision Isn't Just About Obamacare Subsidies: It Also Kills the Employer Mandate

Terry Connelly | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

The July 22 decision of a divided three-judge DC Federal Circuit Court panel invalidating the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) premium tax credits for anyone purchasing insurance on a Federal Exchange proves that you can "just make this stuff up."

Dear President Obama: Secure The Border Now Or Risk Civil War

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

As any grade-schooler, let alone a graduate of Harvard Law School, knows, the first job of a US President is to protect the homeland. Nothing comes ...

A Decision Upholding American Ideals of Freedom

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case rests on an important part of the American experience: the defense of religious freedom. People can and do exercise religious freedom in their everyday and business lives.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

Infants and Toddlers Cannot Be Forgotten When Expanding Pre-K

Carla Thompson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

Over and over again, we are coming to the same conclusion - early investments in children's education reap a harvest of benefits for years to come for the children, their families and their communities.

From Hardship to Hope

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"Foster care is not fun for anyone," says 24-year-old law student Amy Peters, who entered Nebraska's foster care system at age 12 and remained until she "aged out" at 19. Fortunately for Amy, she excelled in high school and was accepted at the University of Nebraska.

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Health Agencies Accused Of Intimidating Their Watchdog

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High-level government officials at the top federal health agencies placed inappropriate pressure on their own watchdog agency, a new rep...

Sylvia Mathews Burwell Wins Republicans' Praise

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee for health secretary is winning GOP praise as she makes her first appearance before a Senate comm...

Sebelius's Resignation Should Spark Reform

Amir Salehzadeh | Posted 06.15.2014 | College
Amir Salehzadeh

The Obama administration should not sweep the institutional failures that plagued the health care website under the carpet through a mere resignation.

Obama Turns To Economics Expert To Run HHS

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to ...

Obama To Announce Kathleen Sebelius' Resignation

Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

By JULIE PACE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Seb...

Bush Health Secretary Louis Sullivan Is One Republican Who Supports Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Sullivan is especially dismayed that so many Republican governors have refused to expand the Medicaid program to bring more low-incomes individuals and families into coverage, as the Affordable Care Act makes possible.

HHS Secretary Sebelius Meets With LGBT Leaders

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Earlier I asked you what you wanted me to say in the annual meeting with HHS Secretary Sebelius, now I'm back to report out on the meeting itself. Our top ask was for a clear prohibition on overt discrimination in health care.

Such Fail: HHS Adopts Stray Doge To Hawk Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Byron Kittle | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

No, this article will not start with a series of fragmented sentences expressing mock enthusiasm. Because if there was any question the "doge" meme ha...

Dr. Trans Goes to Washington

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Thursday I'm pulling my suit jacked out of the closet, shining my shoes and heading down to DC. I'll be joining a small band of health leaders attending Secretary Sebelius' annual LGBT listening session.

Health Reform in Your Emergency Kit

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

When individuals can take better care of themselves, it's good for the entire community. Whether in an outbreak, earthquake or storm, those with these resources can better care for themselves, allowing the authorities to focus on the most vulnerable right away.