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Mind the Gap: Healthcare Costs Are Unaffordable for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Janet Froetscher | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Janet Froetscher

People with intellectual disabilities get less and lower quality health care -- or no health care. They experience much higher rates of preventable disease, chronic pain and premature death.

Health Care Overseas: Is It Really A Viable Option?

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

In many countries you'll find excellent health care, with doctors and other practitioners who have studied at the world's best medical schools and hospitals.

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

On This Great American Smokeout: Let's Finish It

Robin Koval | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Koval

While products like e-cigarettes may offer current adult smokers a path to quit, nicotine consumption has no place in the lives of young people.

Two Reasons Why Your Company's Health Insurance Premiums Have Gone Up (And Will Keep Going Up)

Gene Marks | Posted 11.20.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

So what gives? Why are individual premiums on the health care exchanges decreasing, or only moderately increasing, when so many small businesses (like mine) are seeing significant increases? There are at least two significant things going on here.

Getting Covered Is Good for Rural America

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Living in a rural community shouldn't have to come with a hefty price tag for health care.

Almost Thanksgiving and Extenders Are Still on the Table. What Does That Mean to Your Taxes?

Mark Steber | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

The mid-term elections are over, but -- as of this minute -- Congress has not tackled extending some tax breaks, i.e. that collective group known as the "Tax Extenders", which we address seemingly every couple of years.

This Indian Start-up Could Disrupt Health Care

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 11.19.2014 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Kanav Kahol noted that despite the similarities between most medical devices in their computer displays and circuits, their packaging made them unduly complex and difficult for anyone but highly skilled practitioners to use. As well, they were incredibly expensive -- costing tens of thousands of dollars each.

I'm Sorry, the Doctor Is Not Taking New Patients at This Time

Melissa Deuter, MD | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Deuter, MD

All my doctor friends look exhausted, usually sporting dark circles under tired eyes and chugging coffee to keep up. We all want to provide excellent care, but there are only 24 hours in each doctor's day.

Queers Need a Healthcare Bill of Rights -- and It's Here!

Corey Prachniak | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Corey Prachniak

Our lives matter, our bodies matter, and our sexualities and genders matter. They matter to us, and they should matter to our providers to inform and improve care. It starts with education, and if we can't educate every doctor, nurse, and administrator in the country, we can at least educate ourselves.

Practicing Narrative Medicine

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

I realize that my naïve pre-medical view on medicine was laughably distorted. Real medicine, real doctoring, is not primarily about making friends out of strangers, and drawing out a patient's entire life-world within the course of a single meeting. At the end of the day, our objective is to be a good doctor first and to discern the details that matter in saving that person's life.

This New Platform Allows You To See Your Doctor Without Leaving Your Couch

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living

Hospital visits are typically marked by the traditional magazine read in the waiting room and face-to-face chats with nurses, but more and more people...

Things You Will Never Hear Republicans Say

Gerry Myers | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

John Boehner should work with all House members regardless of their party affiliation to get as much done as possible this year. Let's compromise. If we negotiate and both give a little, we can get this done.

What You Need to Know About the Health Insurance Marketplace Before Open Enrollment

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 11.12.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

As we head into the second annual open enrollment period to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, many Americans may be wondering what actions to take if they don't have health insurance and are eligible to purchase health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Fighting to Preserve CHIP for Future Generations

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

There is no population that we have a greater responsibility to protect than our nation's children. Standing on the sidelines while the health care coverage of millions of low income children is put in jeopardy is something that we at the NAACP just won't do.

Ebola PR, Global News and Social Media

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 11.11.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Too often, news media and social media chatter turn to fear mongering instead of dispassionate reporting of facts. Ebola offered "red meat" for sensational journalists, talk show hosts and social media opinion leaders.

Fiscal Challenges for NYC's Health and Hospitals Corporation

Carol Kellermann | Posted 11.11.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

HHC is an enormously important resource for New York, and its financial sustainability is crucial. If it is to succeed in the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, its operations must be modernized. Stabilizing its financial condition should be a top priority for state and local leaders.

Can Post-Ebola West Africa Go the Way of South Asia, From Aid to Enterprise?

Susan Davis | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Susan Davis

The 10-year anniversary of the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami will find the world in a sobering situation. Conflicts in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere continue without apparent end, while the World Health Organization calls the Ebola outbreak in three West African countries "the most severe acute public health emergency seen in modern times."

Building Confidence and Self-Esteem

Jenny Florence | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

Self-esteem relates to the way that we feel about ourselves, it's a reflection of our inner sense of self value and entitlement, whereas confidence is a reflection of the way that we experience ourselves in our external world.

Pick Your Poison

Clare Richardson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Clare Richardson

Combating malaria is a tricky tradeoff in Mozambique. The mosquito-born illness is the leading killer of children, and the CDC-supported ministry of health is aiming to change that with a door-to-door campaign to spray the insides of homes with repellant.

Reversing Childhood Obesity: A New Call to Action

Lance Henderson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Lance Henderson

We can't effectively address the complex causes of childhood obesity without fresh approaches and new models for working together to find sustainable solutions.

Medicine Is Not About Money, Except When It Is

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

We need to readjust the way we educate physicians. Young doctors need to understand money more clearly from the start (especially the $200,000 in school loans part). But they must also grasp the hypocrisy that tells them that medical businesses, like Pharma, are inherently evil.

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.

Think Halloween Is Scary? Try Retirement

David A. Dedman | Posted 10.31.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Losing the ability to earn income can be pretty scary. Think about it. You've worked for decades receiving a check every two weeks, and all of a sudden it isn't there anymore! When you retire you'll have to make several shifts.

Why Millennials Can Fix Healthcare

Emily Cerciello | Posted 10.30.2014 | College
Emily Cerciello

In 1991, Neil Howe and William Strauss first described their theory of generations as a four-turn cycle that expresses the attitudes and moods of Amer...