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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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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.

SEIU Wins Again at Kaiser, But Militant Minority Grows

Steve Early | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Steve Early

When the votes were tallied at the NLRB regional office in Oakland last Thursday, NUHW support in Kaiser's largest bargaining unit had increased by 15 percent -- but SEIU, the vocal opponent of striking and fan of partnership, won again with 18,844 votes versus NUHW's 13,101.

Kaiser Permanente's Obesity Prevention Interventions Prove to be a Success for Improving Children's Overall Health

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Kaiser Permanente's evaluation has shown promising results since it launched its Thriving Schools effort, aimed at helping students, staff and teachers focus on making healthy choices so that schools can become a focal point and beacon of health throughout entire communities.

The Big Do-Over at Kaiser

Steve Early | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Steve Early

If SEIU is ousted when ballots are counted in early May, this once fast-growing union will suffer a greater membership loss in a single election than it did all last year when it shrunk by 43,000 members.

The Value of High Tech Health Care

Deborah Stambler | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Stambler

The ACA isn't a perfect plan but if fully enacted offers a chance to make changes to the American health care system. Understanding the role technology plays will be an ongoing discussion with advances in technology and its creative application potentially improving care and reducing costs.

Jeffrey Young

How Health Insurance Giants Can Avoid Obamacare Regulations For A Whole Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business

Health insurance companies are looking to put off complying with health care reform rules that guarantee basic benefits and consumer protections -- an...

Aaron Sankin

How California's Health Care Giant Wrongs Mental Health Patients

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 03.21.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- A report released earlier this week by the California Department of Managed Health Care slammed Kaiser Permanente, one of the state's...

Our Biography Is Our Biology

V-Day | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
V-Day

All war metaphors must go. You cannot fight for peace. Peace is the path. You cannot win a war on cancer or violence against women or anything else you don't want. Fighting something always makes it bigger.

Dave Jamieson

Major Health Care Unions Join Forces

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

Two major health care worker unions entered into a formal affiliation in California on Thursday, arguing that they could better fight concessions soug...

Food Banks Work Together To Serve Healthier Options To Poor

www.latimes.com | Posted 11.21.2012 | Impact

Food banks have worked to change their stocks from any old leftovers to food that’s more nutritious and fresher, and a new collaboration hopes to ce...

STUDY: The Unexpected Thing That Dramatically Increases Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Christina Huffington | Posted 11.27.2012 | Women

You don't need a study to tell you that good friends and a close family can help boost the morale of a women facing breast cancer. But arguing convinc...

Kaiser Permanente Links Climate Change to Health Care

Andrew Winston | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

We need all business sectors to man the barricades and take positions. Setting a 30 percent absolute GHG reduction goal by 2020 is in line with what scientists tell us we need to do, and it's unusually aggressive.

Celebrating Being in a Diversity League of Our Own

George Halvorson | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
George Halvorson

At Kaiser Permanente, we have a wonderful level of diversity among our caregivers and staff, and among our patients and members. Our diversity gives us the sensitivity and the connectivity that we need to serve our members respectfully and well.

Mitt Romney's Health Care Fantasy World

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Obamacare haters try to make us believe that the law will reduce "choice and competition" -- that insurers are competing vigorously to sign up Americans. But the world of health insurance doesn't operate that way -- and it never will without intervention.