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Six Things To Know If You're Shopping For Obamacare This Year

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins on Sunday. And there’s no simple way to describe the health insurance options that people wi...

What Obamacare Opponents Get Wrong -- And Right -- About Insurance Premiums

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics

Donald Trump is attacking the Affordable Care Act again. He says health insurance premiums are rising by 35, 45 or even 55 percent in some places. Of...

Healthcare.Gov Will Soon Let Consumers Comparison-Shop Between Plans

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

Consumers shopping for insurance on in the next few months will be able to navigate the website with less fuss -- and more information...

A Lesson For Those Fighting Alzheimer's From Those With Physical Disabilities

George Vradenburg | Posted 09.28.2015 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

On the heels of World Alzheimer's Day (Sept. 21), let's pledge to do something about it. Let's learn a lesson from what we are doing in our communities for those with physical disabilities.

Grant Awards Mark the Launch of Landmark Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Nora Volkow | Posted 09.25.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Today the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study officially gets underway, as the National Institutes of Health award 13 five-year grants to U.S. research institutions that will spearhead the landmark project over the first half of its roughly 10-year duration.

Another Argument From Obamacare Critics Is Starting To Crumble

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

Millions of additional people now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But does that mean Americans actually have better access t...

Researching Marijuana for Therapeutic Purposes: The Potential Promise of Cannabidiol (CBD)

Nora Volkow | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

CBD appears to be a safe drug with no addictive effects, and the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions. Addressing barriers that slow clinical research with CBD would accelerate progress.

Jonathan Cohn

Obamacare Enrollment Is 10 Million, But Supreme Court Ruling Could Shrink It Dramatically | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

Roughly 10.2 million people have insurance they have purchased directly through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges, according to a report the Depar...

Alexander Howard

Meet The Woman In Charge Of Making The U.S. Health Department Smarter | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology

She's the first woman to hold this job.

Jason Cherkis

Senate Bill Would Dramatically Alter U.S. Addiction Treatment | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have joined forces to back legislation that would make medically assisted treatm...

HHS Should Implement Critical Civil Rights Protections Under the ACA

David Stacy | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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 05.30.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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.