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Community Health Centers: Increasing Access to Affordable, High Quality Care

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 10.09.2011 | Impact
Kathleen Sebelius

For some of our most vulnerable members of society, finding quality care at an affordable price can be difficult if not impossible. Yet thanks to community health centers, more and more Americans are getting the care they need.

Birth Control You Can Afford -- It's About Time!

Cecile Richards | Posted 10.03.2011 | Women
Cecile Richards

Affordable birth control means better birth control. When cost is not a concern, women are more likely to choose more effective birth control methods. Imagine -- making your birth control decision based on what fits you rather than what fits your wallet!

Supporting Our Fathers and Our Families

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 08.29.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

On Father's Day, many of us took the time to celebrate how much our dads mean to us, but one out of every three children in America lives apart from his or her father.

Arthur Delaney

More People Sign Up For Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, But Enrollment Still Low

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's fledgling program for people with pre-existing conditions inched up to 18,313 in March, the Obam...

Government and Many Scientists Agree: Vaccine-Autism Research Should Continue

David Kirby | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
David Kirby

As the following comments, funding decisions, research priorities and published papers suggest, the U.S. government and many scientists will be researching and discussing this topic for years to come.

The False Promise and Big Profits of 'Mini-Med' Health Plans

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

One of the reasons I left my job as a PR executive for the health insurance industry was because I could not in good conscience be a pitchman for the sort of fabulously profitable benefit plan that often provides little more than the illusion of coverage.

The Health Care Golden Egg for Some But Not for All

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

What's good for the golden goose is good for the gander. Not so much when it comes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Selective groups will be forgiven this year from the restricted annual limits on the health care benefit provisions.

Insurers Lobbying on the Fine Print May Erase Consumer Protections

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The lobbying to change the medical-loss ratio provision in the new health care law is just one example of how special interests are working to gut the reform law while preserving the portions they like.

Schakowsky Announces Winners of the 'So Be It' Awards

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Of the hundreds of amendments being offered by Republicans to their bill, H.R. 1, we offer 10 up for you to judge whether or not they are worthy of note, ridicule, or an end-of-a-long-week chuckle.

Protecting and Strengthening Women's Health

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kathleen Sebelius

Despite all the progress women have made in the workplace, when President Obama took office less than half of us had the option of getting health insurance through our employer. But that is now changing.

HHS Launches Health.Data.gov to Share Open Health Data

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Last October, Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) announced HealthData.gov at the HealthCamp ...

FDA Whistleblower Allegations Shouldn't Be Swept Under the Carpet

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Secretary Sebelius can't let this issue be swept under the carpet. The lives of patients will continue to be put at risk until the FDA's house is put in order.

Faced with Faces

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

More than 110,000 children in the United States -- who have suffered from abuse and/or neglect -- have nowhere to go. They are wards of the state and waiting in the foster care system.

Innovation and real culture change at HHS in Washington

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Health and Human Services is the Federal department which plays an increasing role in our lives regarding better and better health care. They're a la...

Proof Positive

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

The number of children in foster care declined from 540,000 to around 424,000 this year. While still appallingly large, it's a sizable enough drop to be more than an aberration.

Blood, Sweat and Caffeine: The Making of HealthCare.gov

Steve Ressler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

HealthCare.gov's primary focus is helping people find the insurance coverage options that work best for their individual circumstances. The website brings together all private and public insurance options.

Medical Loss Ratio and Public Health: Questions Linger

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

A key provision has slipped through that threatens both the effectiveness of the Medical Loss Ratio and the integrity of public health departments.

Insurance Companies Want to Make You Healthy! They Also Have a Bridge for Sale

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The still-fragile Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives the public a fighting chance at reining in health insurance premiums. But we're going to have to wrestle with the insurance industry every step of the way.

Real Grassroots Innovation From the Department of Health & Human Services

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

The Open Government spirit involves management listening to the rank and file, to hear what they know and how to do it better.

How Much is Too Much?

DeAnn Friedholm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DeAnn Friedholm

How can some nonprofit health insurers justify hiking premiums year after year when they are sitting on a mountain of surplus funds?

Twitter interview today with Todd Park, CTO of Dept of HHS

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, today at 3.30 pm Eastern, I'll be doing a Twitter interview of Todd Park, the Chief Technology guy of Health and Human Services in Washington. T...

Stuff done better in Washington, or, the George Constanza of innovation

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Todd Park, CTO of Health and Human Services, and another nerd, talking about HHSinnovates. It's about listening to rank and file employees about how t...

Why the Dodd Financial Services Bill Is Bad... For Democrats

Frank Luntz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Luntz

The dirty secret of the Senate financial reform bill is that some of its biggest supporters work on Wall Street.

Making the Health and Safety of Gulf Coast Residents and Responders a Top Priority

John Howard, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Howard, MD

The health and safety of Gulf Coast residents and responders must remain a top priority throughout the recovery effort.

HHSinnovates -- better customer service and savings from Washington

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

A lot of people in Washington and throughout the Federal gov't are figuring out how to provide much better return for the taxpayer dollar. That mean...