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Why Was Your Health Insurance Plan Cancelled and Not Upgraded?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.

Sebelius Show Trial Highlighted Lawmakers in the Pockets of Insurance Companies

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The truth these politicians want to obscure is that Obamacare is protecting their constituents from buying coverage that provides little to no shield against financial ruin. And that protection is something the insurance industry wants to get rid of.

Obamacare Website Going Down Again For Maintenance

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The glitch-ridden website used to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law will be down for "extende...

How Does Healthcare.gov Really Work [Infographic] [Screenshots]

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 12.30.2013 | Technology
Eduardo Garcia

After spending some time trying to shop for insurance for my parents, and facing the same issues everyone has been having, I decided to put on my developer hat and try to figure out how this web application works.

Sebelius To Face Tough Questioning

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans plan to seek answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administrat...

Friday Talking Points -- Monkey Business

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may be the quotation of the week, from Representative Frank Pallone, describing the House "Obamacare Is So Very, Very Bad" hearings held this week.

Republicans Are the Reason Secretary Sebelius Won't Resign

John Hudak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Hudak

Kathleen Sebelius will stay, and Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. Why is this? In an ironic twist of fate the Republican Party's obsession with filibustering, delaying, or holding executive branch nominations will finally have negative consequences for the GOP instead of the president.

Obama Turns To Trusted Source To Help With Health Care Website

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — When a federal program that promised cash rebates to people who traded in their clunkers for more fuel-efficient veh...

President Obama on Obamacare Rollout Problems

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No matter how big a bump in the road this seems now, it will in time be forgotten if the program itself is ultimately successful. But that shouldn't excuse finding out who was really responsible for such a disastrous rollout.

Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

As we roll out the technology to implement the Affordable Care Act -- with millions of Americans signing up for the first time -- attempts to find and exploit weaknesses in the system are bound to increase.

Health Insurance Exchanges Might Not Be Accessible to Trans* People

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Knowing that trans* people are reluctant to even call navigators, combined with the early confirmation of the fears that navigators don't know enough about trans* coverage, I fear that even with the increased protections, health insurance exchanges are not fundamentally accessible to trans* people.

Why SeaWorld's Cuts in Staff Hours Is No Suprise To Me

David Kirby | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
David Kirby

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is cutting hours for 18,000 part-time and seasonal workers, in a move that will allow it to skirt provisions of the new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and save millions from not providing healthcare coverage to those employees at 11 parks around the country.

October 1: A New Opportunity to Take Care of Yourself

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.23.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

If we don't create awareness about the benefits of the law, we will stifle opportunities for millions of Latinos who have already been shut out of health care for far too long.

Florida Insurers Are Now Free to Screw Consumers and Must, By Law, Blame Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Folks in Florida are facing having to pay far more for health insurance over the next two years than necessary. And health insurance executives will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Obama Group Backer Raises Eyebrows With Side Campaign

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics

(Repeats with no changes to text) By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - When cardiologist Asad Qamar ga...

LGBT Equality Means a Commitment to Health

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 10.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Kathleen Sebelius

I'd like to introduce you to Matthew G. Heinz, MD, Director of LGBT Outreach for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Matt has an importa...

Proposed Cuts Undermine Indian Health, Public Health and Scientific Research

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Today, the House Appropriations Committee is considering a Fiscal Year 2014 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill which funds the Indian Health Service, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund at HHS.

Strengthening Medicare and Medicaid Today and for Tomorrow

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Medicaid expansion is a critical piece of the puzzle to ensure more Americans get the care they need. Expanding Medicaid also reduces the burden of uncompensated care. It injects significant resources into your local economies and local hospitals.

Helping Victims of Childhood Trauma Heal and Recover

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Kathleen Sebelius

Far too many children -- especially those known to the child welfare system -- have experienced trauma. Despite the amazing work of the professionals who care for these vulnerable children, we know there's more we can do. Today, I'm pleased to announce a critical step forward.

Dozens Of Religious Groups Protest Contraception Mandate

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Ann Rodgers | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion

Leaders from the nation's two largest religious bodies -- the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention -- released an interfaith letter cal...

Improving Health for LGBT Americans

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Kathleen Sebelius

On this historic day, it's important to recall that, for too long, the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals were pushed to the side. LGBT Americans faced limited access to health care and insurance.

Men, Don't Wait for a Wake-Up Call When It Comes to Your Health

Bill Corr | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Bill Corr

As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health. National Men's Health Week, from June 10 through Father...

Déjà Vu: National Surveys Leave Trans People Behind

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Trans studies consistently report even higher levels of discrimination and related health problems than in the LGB population. Leaving T data collection out of the National Health Interview Survey leaves the effort to eliminate trans health disparities at a great disadvantage.

U.S. Surgeon General Stepping Down

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says she plans to step down next month after four years as "America's doctor." In an email to...

A Long Overdue Wave Of Health Innovation -- And The Smart Policies Behind It

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 08.03.2013 | Technology
Kathleen Sebelius

Smart policy can be instrumental in removing obstacles to innovation. And we're now seeing the same pattern play out across the health care system.