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Apple and Facebook Cover Egg Freezing Costs: Why Is This a Controversy?

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
MeiMei Fox

In my humble opinion, this condemnation of the egg freezing benefit is cynical and ridiculous. Why can't we just be grateful for companies wanting to offer coverage of an expensive out-of-pocket healthcare procedure and, even more importantly, provide women with more options about what to do with their bodies?

Women Must Vote for Democrats in 2014

Adrienne Elrod | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Adrienne Elrod

Women represent more than half the population, but hold less than 20 percent of the seats in Congress. Government should reflect the people it represents. We need more women to be elected officials. And more women are elected when more women vote.

Making Progress in Medicare Matters

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

People are fatigued with political staredowns and want Democrats and Republicans to work together to develop solutions. One of our most important domestic challenges involves the Medicare program.

Selfless Acts in Health Care

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa DeCastro

The idea of running into a burning building or being faced with armed criminals is a risk we can readily understand, but being a health care worker is less tenable to us in the risks that they too face every day. For it is not often that they can see what they need to avoid.

Our Plan to Contain Ebola

Randi Weingarten | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Our nation boasts the most advanced healthcare system in the world. We have the capacity and know-how to address this public health issue. If we listen to the voices of our nurses and health professionals, we can keep our communities safe and healthy.

Leaders Dedicated to Paving a Way Forward for Health Care Policy

Hadley Heath | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Hadley Heath

Our health care system is in crisis, and believe it or not, the worst is yet to come. The same policies that devastated the individual insurance market last year will begin to hit the employer-provided market in January as large companies are forced into Obamacare

'Touching' on Something Bigger -- in New Book, Betsy MacGregor Says Medicine Shouldn't Be Divorced From Empathy

Helen Riess, M.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | Books
Helen Riess, M.D.

Medical technology is part of the miracle of medicine. However, without humanity, we miss the essence of meeting others at their most vulnerable and frightening journeys, where an empathic partner can help them cross the most poignant thresholds of what it means to be human.

Missouri Coalition Pushes State to National Leadership on LGBT Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

After today you might want to rethink the charms of the Show Me State. For the last year a local coalition has been pushing adoption of LGBT-welcoming policies at hospitals. In this week's release of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index, Missouri zoomed from 37th in the country to sixth in the number of local LGBT leader hospitals.

Michael Graves: Five Decades of Architecture, Art and Design

J. Michael Welton | Posted 10.16.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

It's hard not to marvel at the multifaceted arc of Michael Graves' 50-year career -- and three events this fall will allow his followers to do exactly that.

Flexible Spending Accounts, Commuter Benefits Cut Your Taxes

Jason Alderman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

For millions of Americans, 2015 open enrollment for employer-provided benefits is right around the corner. While it may be tempting to simply opt for the same coverage you have this year, doing so could cost you hundreds -- or thousands -- of dollars in tax savings.

The Grim Reality of Digital Health Today

XPRIZE | Posted 10.14.2014 | Technology

In the past five years, we have committed $33 billion in taxpayer dollars to digitize our nation's health care data. The need was unquestionable, and the potential gains are tremendous. However, the system that has emerged has essentially replicated the acute care-focused health system that has been failing us for decades.

Empowering Rural Women, One Loan At A Time

Julie Abrahamsen Cornell | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Julie Abrahamsen Cornell

It is a bright, warm morning in rural southern Peru where women are streaming into the San Bernabe Health Center. As they enter, they are greeted warmly by the center's staff, then either head to the second floor to the bank, or remain on the ground floor to see one of several healthcare providers.

The United States Is Number 1 -- But in What?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

American politicians are fond of telling their audiences that the United States is the greatest country in the world. Is there any evidence for this claim?

Beyond Borders: An Unexpected Trip to Mexico With a Dying Man

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I didn't expect to be on a flight to Mexico. I thought I would spend most of today completing multiple unfinished writing projects that I have long neglected. Things changed when I met Ramon.

7 Empowerment Tips From a 'Professional Patient'

Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

If you live with a chronic disease, you may be able to relate to me. Everyone wants to feel good. After all, it's hard to check off our bucket list and accomplish life goals if we can't get ourselves out of bed. So how can we obtain our best health and health care when battling a chronic and/or incurable illness?

Here's Why Medical Debt Is Crippling Millions of Americans, and What You Can Do About It

Napala Pratini | Posted 10.09.2014 | Money
Napala Pratini

Credit card and financial debt may get all the hype, but medical debt collected by third-party collections agencies is roughly three times as large as both combined.

The Cure for What Ails You? Good Design

Robert Ivy, FAIA | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Ivy, FAIA

In the last 10 years, we have accepted that healthy places are sustainable places, that the optimal building of this century will be one that minimizes its ecological footprint while promoting human health and well being.

Corruption and Culture Increase Diabetes Deaths in India

Riva Greenberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

When I returned from Bangalore earlier this year, having worked with health professionals at a diabetes clinic for the poor, I expected to write about...

Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A Social Acceptance of Bullying

Jenny Florence | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Jenny Florence

Even if our actions are fuelled by the very best of intentions; when the things that we do demonstrate an acceptability of something, there is always a powerful underlying message that is being reinforced and stated. I am particularly interested in the messages that we pass on to our children and to the next generation. Relaunches With 1 Embarrassing Error

AP | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration unveiled a new version of on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one ear...

20 Million Americans Could Qualify to Waive the ACA Tax Penalty. Are you Exempt?

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 10.08.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

Come tax time, most Americans will have to answer a simple yes or no question on their tax return to prove they have health coverage. In some cases, taxpayers may be exempt from purchasing health insurance and a tax penalty.

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

Hospitals Need to Teach Their Staff Hospitality

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While health,care and hospitality today are different businesses, they are the same in that both are about caring for people who come to you for a service. There are still vast differences, however, in how they approach that service.

Will the Tea Party/Koch/Brothers/GOP Defend Us From Ebola or Do We Need Government Involved in Healthcare After All?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Will the Tea Party/Koch/Brothers/GOP defend us from Ebola or do we need government involved in healthcare after all?

Health Care Warranties: The Risks of Patient Risk Assessment

Beau Keyte | Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Beau Keyte

I came into process improvement many years ago from manufacturing industries. In the modern manufacturing facility, there is a lot of focus on making...