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From Hardship to Hope

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"Foster care is not fun for anyone," says 24-year-old law student Amy Peters, who entered Nebraska's foster care system at age 12 and remained until she "aged out" at 19. Fortunately for Amy, she excelled in high school and was accepted at the University of Nebraska.

Patient Privacy vs. Medication Adherence: HHS's Final Rule Is Leaving Patients Behind

Sally Greenberg | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Sally Greenberg

Reminders to patients to take their prescriptions and refill them as needed are thus critical to improved medication adherence. But someone has to pay for these reminders.

Local Legislator Challenges Obamacare Based On Religion

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Tim O'Neil | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

ST. LOUIS --A Missouri legislator asked the federal court on Wednesday to exempt his family from contraception coverage through the state insurance pl...

$200 Million In Sandy Aid Going To NY Groups

Newsday | Ridgely Ochs | Posted 09.24.2013 | New York

The state is making available $200 million in federal funds to health care, social services and mental health groups to cover expenses resulting from ...

Prevention Delivers for Teens in the US

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

This May, as we observe National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, there is encouraging news to report in our nation's ongoing effort to prevent teen ...

Head Start Programs Offer Benefits, Improve Child Well-Being And School Readiness: Report

Posted 11.19.2012 | Education

Head Start programs lead to short-term benefits across multiple areas of children's well-being and school readiness, according to a recent report. ...

Watch Your Step: There Might Be a Needle on the Sidewalk

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 09.26.2012 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Given the state's current political climate, it's unlikely Florida will change its drug paraphernalia laws any time soon, which means the residents of inner city Miami will need to continue to watch their step.

Health Industry Scrambling to Comply With Revised HIPAA Privacy and Disclosure Rules

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

When these changes are implemented by HHS, Americans will be able to the right to get a report from their medical providers or insurance companies detailing who has electronically accessed their protected health information.

Women's Health Care is Stronger Thanks to the Health Care Law

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

Over the last two years, women have begun to see the better health, better care, and lower costs that everyone deserves. And over the next two years, women will continue to see stronger benefits and protections for them and their families.

The White House Creates a Watershed Moment for LGBT Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

I recently found myself in Philadelphia attending, of all things, a White House Conference on LGBT Health. It slowly dawned on me that this event alone does wonders to send a flag hither and yon that LGBT health is no longer a fringe issue.

So Religious Liberty Now Means The Freedom To Endanger Women's Health

James Heffernan | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
James Heffernan

Let's get something straight: religious liberty is not absolute. Under our system of justice, there is no such thing as an absolute right to anything.

Holiday Gifts From Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

A recent poll found that the American public still doesn't know what is in the health reform law and what is not. Here's the list of health reform "gifts" available this year.

Problems Persist With Contractors Paid To Ferret Out Medicare Fraud

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 01.13.2012 | Business

MIAMI — Contractors paid tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to detect fraudulent Medicare claims are using inaccurate and inconsistent data th...

The ABC Factor At Health and Human Services: Anybody But Catholics

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Trafficking of human beings is one of the great modern-day scandals, but at least until now the U.S. government sought to sincerely address the issue.

Medicare Open Enrollment Time -- Have You Been Dumped?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 12.12.2011 | Fifty
Linda Bergthold

Most of us breathe a sigh of relief when we reach Medicare age because we think we will have coverage until we die. And we will. But we may not get all the options we want.

Happiness Secret For Middle-Aged Women: Moderate Exercise

Posted 12.01.2011 | Fifty

We all know the benefits of cardio and lifting weights, but one question always remains: How much, how hard and how often do we need to workout to rea...

Killing Us Softly: What Americans Don't Know & Why It Will Kill Them

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Rep. Mike Honda

For too long, viral hepatitis, an epidemic that doesn't necessarily make headlines, has steadily and silently affected the lives of millions of Americans.

Politics Ignoring Science: Federal Agency Recognizes Therapeutic Benefit of Medical Marijuana While 9-Year-Old Petition to Reclassify the Plant Gathers Dust

Steph Sherer | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Steph Sherer

It's time for the Obama Administration to recognize the science, act with integrity, and reschedule cannabis.

Feds: Water In Wyoming Town Undrinkable, Possibly Due To Oil And Gas Drilling

AP | MEAD GRUVER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

PAVILLION, Wyo. — The federal government is telling people not to drink the water from 40 wells in a central Wyoming town, including 17 wells co...

What Health Care Reform Means For The Deaf

Noelle Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noelle Bell

Imagine that: being told that my deafness, which makes up a huge part of my identity, is a "pre-existing condition" which I could be denied access to care for.