When it Comes to Choice, Hillary is the Only Choice

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43 years ago next week, the Supreme Court declared abortion a fundamental right, and forever preserved a woman's right to make her own decisions about her health. Yet today, just 2 weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the Republican front-runner in that state has vowed to invalidate this Supreme Court ruling. When asked if he would even attempt to use t

Dismantling Kynect Could Mean Higher Costs, Less Coverage for Kentuckians

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's plan to dismantle Kynect, the state's health insurance exchange, and transition to the federal exchange would hurt Kentuckians, despite what some contend.  It likely will mean that they'll face higher premiums and have a harder time getting and staying covered.Health reform provides a "no wrong door," seamless el

Tallying the Successes of Medicaid Expansion

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With threats to health reform and its Medicaid expansion continuing to loom, it's worth looking at some of the successes that such an effort would endanger.  Specifically, the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid under health reform have realized big drops in their uninsurance rates and substantial budget savings,

How a Trip to the Dentist Illustrates America's Healthcare Problems

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Dear Dr. XXX:I wanted to bring to your attention my recent experience at one of your offices. As a fellow business owner, I would want to know when one of my customers had a bad experience since transparency and feedback are great remedies. In that spirit I wanted share my recent experience at your office. I am not sure whether it was your team'

CBO: Senate-Passed Budget Bill Would Reverse Almost All of Health Reform's Coverage Gains

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The Senate-passed budget reconciliation bill would boost the number of uninsured Americans by at least 22 million starting in 2018, relative to current law, according to preliminary Congressional Budget Office (CBO) coverage estimates (see chart).  Thus, virtually all (at least 92 percent) of the historic health coverage gains that CBO expects

Your Health Is Not Something to Be Earned

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Actress and singer Selena Gomez recently revealed that she underwent chemotherapy for Lupus, which is the same treatment that I endured in 2010. My personal journey in pursuit of wellness has been, and continues to be, long and arduous. In my pre-teen years, I began having uncontrollable nose bleeds that would last for hours coupled with shooting

Optimizing Outcomes for Women's Health Care: A Conversation With NOW President Terry O'Neill

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Women have always stood at the forefront of advocating for their health. By understanding how women's health care issues affect the working world, we can begin to address the coverage inequalities that persist. I sat down with my colleague NOW President Terry O'Neill to discuss the challenges facing women today when it comes to healthcare, and the

Integrate Housing With Treatment

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Last year, we joined with the National Council on Behavioral Health (National Council) to convene a group of housing, homeless and treatment experts from around the country for a frank dialogue on new service approaches for people with substance use disorders. This convening, which was supported by the generosity of the Melville Charitable Trust, c

Estimating the Affordable Care Act's Impact on Health

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Coauthored by David SquiresWith the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the government in King v. Burwell, opinion polls suggest that some Americans are taking a fresh look at the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and reassessing its merits. A key question for them--and one that is rarely discussed--is how the ACA will improve the health of those who gain in

'Be Healthy and Be Rewarded' -- With Rewards in Health Care... Everyone Wins!

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A decade ago, financial rewards for healthy behavior was a "fringe" technique in some circles and morally offensive in others. It was common to hear "we are not paying people to do what they should be doing." Today, health rewards is a foundational technique in the health care community to drive consumer and provider behavior.In 2012, Todd Park, f

Celebrate 50 Years of Medicaid by Expanding It to Cover More People

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Persistence pays off. Let's remember this as we celebrate 50 years of Medicaid on July 30. In 1965, Medicaid entered the world as a Medicare add-on for low-income families. Now, the program provides comprehensive coverage to more people than any other insurer in the United States. Almost 70 million people in the U.S. turn to Medicaid for their heal

The GOP War on Poor Women's Health

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Being both poor and a woman is not easy. Add to that a constant barrage of attacks on your reproductive health, and you've got a nearly impossible situation. Yet, it's something that millions of American women are forced to endure every minute of every hour of every day. And let's not sugarcoat it: The GOP are to blame. They're to blame for financi

Outrageous Fortune

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In his famously febrile ruminations, Hamlet contemplated suicide as perhaps the one and only way to avoid the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." However grave the demerits of his melancholy inclination, his basic conclusion on the topic may well have been correct.Worded differently: stuff happens.I was scheduled, and honored, to give the ke

Pinch me

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Now More Americans Agree With the Supreme Court on Obamacare

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For the first time since they've polled people on the Affordable Care Act, more Americans like Obamacare than dislike it, according to a CBS/New York Times poll. And an overwhelming majority of citizens like the tax subsidies. Most feel the law works but could be improved with changes. The change they want is different from what opponents are ta

The Wrong Way

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This week, extremists in the House of Representatives seem to be firmly in charge as their fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill advances quickly. This legislation is shocking for the many ways it would take our country backward. It ignores the public's priorities, misdirects prec

HUFFPOLLSTER: Obamacare Expands Coverage For Latinos

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Obamacare has increased health coverage for Latinos, yet one in four remain uninformed about ACA marketplaces. Ted Cruz falls ideologically in line with Republican voters in key primary states. And a report claims Hillary Clinton will hire 1,000 data geeks. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, h 26, 2015.NEW SURVEY MEASURES OBAMACARE IMPACT ON LATINO

One More Reason To Feel (Pretty) Good About Obamacare

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Millions of additional people now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the historic expansion of coverage it has made possible. But the nation’s total spending on medical care hasn’t exploded, as legions of “Obamacare” critics predicted it would. In fact, America’s health care bill is turning out to be a lot smaller

Insurance Coverage Of Birth Control Is Uneven, Despite Obamacare Mandate

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Health insurance coverage of contraceptives like hormonal implants, patches and vaginal rings remains inconsistent for American women, even though the Affordable Care Act requires no-cost access to birth control, according to a report published Thursday.Women who seek contraceptives other than the pill may find that their insurers charge copayments
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