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Why Is Covered CA Head Shilling for Health Insurance Company Consolidation?

Jamie Court | Posted 08.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

Covered California Chief Peter Lee has claimed that the state doesn't need health insurance premium regulation because Covered California is a tough...

Mindfulness: A Declaration Of Health Independence

Steven Crandell | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

Mindfulness is more than a great way to get healthy and stay healthy. It's a process of discovery -- full of solace and revelation. And your relationships, your work and your play will all benefit.

HBCU Alumni to Race Against Health Disparities in Black Communities

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Every year, the DC HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K Run and Community Health and Wellness Fair holds an annual race that serves as a summertime gathering for friends connected by the HBCU experience, and raises scholarship money for students who will attend black colleges in the fall.

Kaiser Permanente Is Retaliating Against Mental Health Whistleblowers

Sal Rosselli | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Last month, the Oakland-based health care provider fired a respected psychologist, Dr. Alex Wang, who had reported to state regulators a pattern of illegal and unnecessary delays in providing mental health care.

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

Who and What We Trust Might Kill Us

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Ashley Wren Collins

Trust. It's a hefty word, stamped on American currency ("In God We Trust"), integrated into marriage vows, and considered a vital component for both professional and personal relationships. Yet too often trust is on autopilot, given freely unless proven otherwise.

Why Kaiser Mental Health Workers Are on Strike in California

Sal Rosselli | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

These clinicians have an ethical obligation to advocate for their patients to ensure that they get the care they need in Kaiser's increasingly corporatized and impersonal health care system.

Author Steven Brill Slams Malcolm Gladwell's Review Of His Book

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.12.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

In less than a week since its release, Steven Brill's America's Bitter Pill has made headlines across the web. The New York Times calls it "an energet...

Kaiser Mental Health Clinicians Call for Board Member's Resignation

Sal Rosselli | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Sal Rosselli

For four years, she has failed to even acknowledge much less resolve a crisis in Kaiser's psychiatric services that is nearly identical to the scandal that engulfed the Veterans Affairs Administration earlier this year.

SEIU, Kaiser Collude to Defeat Proposition 45

Sal Rosselli | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Proposition 45 is pretty simple: It would grant California's elected insurance commissioner veto power over health insurance companies' exorbitant rate hikes. The job of the office of the insurance commissioner is to ensure that consumers don't get ripped off.

Insurers Spending Cash, Spreading Fear In High-Stakes California Showdown

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As I predicted two months ago, California voters have been bombarded by a group with a consumer-friendly name warning that a vote for a ballot initiative tomorrow would allow "one politician" to "interfere" with their health care treatment options.

Kaiser Permanente Is Failing Its Mental Health Patients

Sal Rosselli | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Without strict enforcement, Kaiser mental health patients will continue to endure illegal and unethical wait times for appointments; patients in need of ongoing one-on-one therapy will be forced to seek care outside Kaiser; and many patients in need of acute care will go untreated, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Other States Should Follow California's Lead in Providing Health Plan Ratings

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Regardless of where you live, you should check out those rankings before selecting your insurance carrier for 2015. You'll find that, just as in California, the nonprofits lead the pack and the for-profits are eating their dust.

This Is How Your Education Level Impacts Your Health

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living

It's well known that individuals who are more highly educated tend to be healthier, since they often have access to better health care and are more eq...

Father Knows Best

Tom Deegan | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Deegan

Obamacare should serve us well for a generation or so, bringing everyone up to speed on individual responsibility and providing a safety net for millions. But, like Prohibition, the gatekeeping model may turn out to be too paternalistic for the public in the long run.

Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

Lynne Peeples

Major Health Care System Aids Battle Against Toxic Flame Retardants

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green

The push to rid our bodies and the environment of toxic flame retardants just got a powerful boost from a major health care system, according to exper...

Health Care Trends to Get Excited About

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

With the rollout of Obamacare, the national focus of health care technology has unfortunately revolved around the implementation challenges of the federal health insurance website.

'This is Not a Fast Food Business' -- Kaiser RNs Rally to Protest Downgrading of Care

Deborah Burger | Posted 05.03.2014 | San Francisco
Deborah Burger

More than 200 Kaiser Permanente RNs rallied outside the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center February 27 to sound a public alarm about patient care reductions the HMO giant is proposing for its new Oakland facility which is expected to open this summer.

Does Obamacare Offer Too Many Choices?

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Lawmakers who wrote the Affordable Care Act fell for the health insurance industry's insistence that Americans want "choice and competition."

The Power of the Private Sector to Save Lives

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Good news travels fast. This week's announcement by CVS Caremark that they will stop selling tobacco products by October 1 was front-page news and a topic of conversation everywhere. My first thought? What a great example of a company voluntarily doing the right thing.

Bringing Quality Health Care to All Americans

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

As long as we keep our eyes on what's important -- providing quality and affordable health care to millions more American -- we can focus on the kind of total care that encourages people to take an active role in their health.

Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes? Yes. It. Can. Be. Done.

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

When health care systems and their patients follow simple steps, they can lower blood pressure and save lives. Prevent many of the nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the U.S. as a result of high blood pressure? Yes, it can be done. What can you do to help?

Why No One Should Lose Sleep Because Big Insurers Are Taking a Pass on Exchanges

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Some critics of the reform law are suggesting that if the big companies aren't willing to sell policies on all the exchanges, Obamacare is somehow fatally flawed. But I think we'll all be just as well off if the big companies stay out of the individual and small group market.

Walking Revolution to Make Us Happier and Healthier

Jay Walljasper | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Jay Walljasper

Our country's low rate of physical activity compared to other nations is not just laziness. To get Americans back on their feet, we need to make movement once again a natural part of daily life.