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HealthCare.gov Met Repair Goals On Time, US Dept of Health & Human Services Announces

December 1, 2013 Posted by Editor

In a report issued December 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) said that the ongoing repairs to the HealthCare.gov website met the Administration’s goals, and the site is now working properly for the vast . . . → Read More: HealthCare.gov Met Repair Goals On Time, US Dept of Health & Human Services Announces

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Seminar on New Insurance Options in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace to be Given by Palm Beach County Medical Society

November 16, 2013 Posted by Editor

The Palm Beach County Medical Society has announced that it will hold a seminar on “Understanding the Affordable Care Act” which will “explore new options the Health Insurance Marketplace will give physicians and your patients.” The Seminar will . . . → Read More: Seminar on New Insurance Options in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace to be Given by Palm Beach County Medical Society

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Free Events November 1 & 2 to Help Palm Beach County Residents Find Health Insurance – Hosted by Palm Beach County Medical Society

October 29, 2013 Posted by Editor

The Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS) has announced that, through its “Project Access,” it will host Free Events on November 1 and 2 to help residents of Palm Beach County, Florida find health insurance programs for which they . . . → Read More: Free Events November 1 & 2 to Help Palm Beach County Residents Find Health Insurance – Hosted by Palm Beach County Medical Society

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Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation

July 2, 2013 Posted by Editor

The Palm Beach County, Florida State Legislative Delegation has announced that it will hold a public meeting on July 15, 2013, to hear comments from the public on the topic of Healthcare/ Medicaid Expansion under the new federal . . . → Read More: Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation

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New Health Insurance Exchanges under Health Care Law Do Not Affect Medicare

June 26, 2013 Posted by Editor

Apparently some seniors on Medicare have expressed confusion or concern about whether the new Health Insurance Marketplace (also referred to as a health care exchange) being implemented under the Health Care Law affects Medicare in any way. It does . . . → Read More: New Health Insurance Exchanges under Health Care Law Do Not Affect Medicare

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Enrollment for New Health Insurance Exchanges Begins on Oct 1, 2013; HealthCare.gov Updated to Help Consumers Prepare

June 25, 2013 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on June 24 that open enrollment for the new federally-run health insurance exchange (called the “Health Insurance Marketplace”) being implemented under the Health Care Law, will begin October 1, . . . → Read More: Enrollment for New Health Insurance Exchanges Begins on Oct 1, 2013; HealthCare.gov Updated to Help Consumers Prepare

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Slowdown in Health Care Spending May be Here to Stay, Harvard Studies Suggest

May 7, 2013 Posted by Editor

Two new Harvard studies published May 6 in the journal HealthAffairs have examined the causes of a dramatic slowdown in the growth of health care spending that the U.S. has experienced in recent years. They have concluded that the . . . → Read More: Slowdown in Health Care Spending May be Here to Stay, Harvard Studies Suggest

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Number of Uninsured Up, but Health Care Law Has Helped & Will Help Further Starting in 2014, Commonwealth Fund Reports

April 28, 2013 Posted by Editor

In a new report issued on Friday, the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund reported the results of its 2012 biennial survey on the number of U.S. adults who lacked health insurance or were underinsured. The total number of uninsured adults over . . . → Read More: Number of Uninsured Up, but Health Care Law Has Helped & Will Help Further Starting in 2014, Commonwealth Fund Reports

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Large Physicians Group Calls for More Health Care Reforms; Condemns Budget Impasse in Washington

March 11, 2013 Posted by Editor

The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest medical specialty group in the U.S. and second-largest physicians group (whose members include 133,000 internal medicine physicians and related subspecialists), has issued its annual “State of the Nation’s Health Care” report . . . → Read More: Large Physicians Group Calls for More Health Care Reforms; Condemns Budget Impasse in Washington

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Health Care Law Saved 6.1 Million People on Medicare Over $5.7 Billion on Prescription Drugs in 2012, New Report Shows

February 7, 2013 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new report on February 7, 2013, showing that during 2012, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (which some call “Obamacare”) has saved 6.1 million people on Medicare . . . → Read More: Health Care Law Saved 6.1 Million People on Medicare Over $5.7 Billion on Prescription Drugs in 2012, New Report Shows

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Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

February 4, 2013 Posted by Editor

The February, 2013 issue of the journal HealthAffairs features several studies addressing how more active engagement of patients in their own health and health care can affect health care outcomes and costs of care. “Studies show that more informed . . . → Read More: Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

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HHS Finalizes New Rule Strengthening Patient Privacy Rights

January 21, 2013 Posted by Editor

On January 17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced publication in the Federal Register of the final version of a new rule strengthening patient privacy rights. The new rule strengthens the privacy and security protections . . . → Read More: HHS Finalizes New Rule Strengthening Patient Privacy Rights

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Board Chairman of Palm Beach Health Care District Resigns in Face of Reappointment Delay by Gov Rick Scott

January 16, 2013 Posted by Editor

According to a press release issued January 15 by Palm Beach County Health Care District, its Board Chairman Benjamin Frank, Esq. has elected to resign from his position, after his application for reappointment to that position had been pending . . . → Read More: Board Chairman of Palm Beach Health Care District Resigns in Face of Reappointment Delay by Gov Rick Scott

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New Report on America’s Health Rankings Indicates Progress But Troubling Challenges

December 12, 2012 Posted by Senior Editor

The United Health Foundation’s released its 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings report on Tuesday, December 11. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Census Bureau and American Medical Association, the report provides an overview and . . . → Read More: New Report on America’s Health Rankings Indicates Progress But Troubling Challenges

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35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces

December 10, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Social Security Administration (SSA) on December 6 issued a press release, announcing that it has added 35 medical conditions to its list of “Compassionate Allowances” – a list of serious diseases and medical conditions for which one is . . . → Read More: 35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces

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Proposed New Rules Implementing Key Provisions of Obamacare Published for Public Comment

November 29, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced proposed new rules implementing three key areas of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (which some call “Obamacare”). The proposed rules were officially published in the Federal Register . . . → Read More: Proposed New Rules Implementing Key Provisions of Obamacare Published for Public Comment

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US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

October 19, 2012 Posted by Editor

In a health policy paper published on October 11, 2012 in The Lancet medical journal, US and UK experts on healthcare policy who co-authored the article conclude that, even though the US and UK healthcare systems are often thought . . . → Read More: US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

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In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

October 5, 2012 Posted by Editor

So far, much of the punditry and commentary following the first U.S. Presidential Debate, which took place Wednesday, October 3 in Denver, has focused on the style, optics, and mannerisms of the candidates — not on the substance of . . . → Read More: In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

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New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

October 3, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday awards of funding to seven organizations selected to partner with CMS and 145 nursing homes in seven different states in a new pilot program aimed at improving quality . . . → Read More: New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

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Due to Affordable Care Act, People with Medicare will Save $5,000 to $18,000 through 2022, HHS Reports

September 26, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report on Friday, September 21, projecting that the average person with traditional Medicare will save $5,000 from 2010 to 2022 because of the Patient Protection and Affordable . . . → Read More: Due to Affordable Care Act, People with Medicare will Save $5,000 to $18,000 through 2022, HHS Reports

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New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

September 23, 2012 Posted by Editor

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help . . . → Read More: New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

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Obamacare Has Saved Americans $2.1 Billion on Health Insurance Premiums, New Report Reveals

September 18, 2012 Posted by Editor

President Obama’s health care law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – has saved Americans an estimated $2.1 Billion on health insurance premiums, according to a new report released September 11, 2012 by the U.S. Department of . . . → Read More: Obamacare Has Saved Americans $2.1 Billion on Health Insurance Premiums, New Report Reveals

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HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

August 23, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new tool to help you find out how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s signature Health Care Law – which some call “Obamacare”) is benefiting people . . . → Read More: HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

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Under Obama’s Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces

August 21, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release yesterday announcing that because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s signature health care law), nearly 5.4 million seniors and people with disabilities who . . . → Read More: Under Obama’s Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces

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Ryan-Romney Budget Proposals Would End Medicare as We Know It & Cut or Eliminate Programs for Poor, Elderly & Vulnerable

August 16, 2012 Posted by Editor

By selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has taken action that backs up and gives teeth to his previous endorsements of the Ryan Budget Plan and his promise to sign it . . . → Read More: Ryan-Romney Budget Proposals Would End Medicare as We Know It & Cut or Eliminate Programs for Poor, Elderly & Vulnerable

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People on Medicare Can Now Get Information from Pharmacies about New Benefits Available to Them under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

August 15, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it has formed partnerships with several pharmacies to help inform and educate seniors and others on Medicare about the several new benefits that are made available to . . . → Read More: People on Medicare Can Now Get Information from Pharmacies about New Benefits Available to Them under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

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People on Medicare Report Significantly Better Coverage than Those with Private Health Insurance, Study Finds

August 13, 2012 Posted by Editor

A recent study published in the journal HealthAffairs found that people on Medicare were substantially happier with their coverage and reported significantly fewer cost and access-related problems than those with private employer-sponsored health insurance or “Medicare Advantage” plans offered . . . → Read More: People on Medicare Report Significantly Better Coverage than Those with Private Health Insurance, Study Finds

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No Increase in Medicare Prescription Drug Premium for 2013 – Third Straight Year of No Increase – HHS Announces

August 7, 2012 Posted by Editor

In a news release issued August 6, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the basic premiums for Medicare prescription drug plans are projected to remain constant in 2013, at an average of $30 per . . . → Read More: No Increase in Medicare Prescription Drug Premium for 2013 – Third Straight Year of No Increase – HHS Announces

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8 New Free Preventive Health Services for Women Take Effect August 1, 2012 under Health Care Law

August 1, 2012 Posted by Editor

Starting August 1, 2012, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature Health Care Law, requires all insurance companies to offer free coverage for an additional eight preventive health care services for women. The new free coverage, . . . → Read More: 8 New Free Preventive Health Services for Women Take Effect August 1, 2012 under Health Care Law

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Affordable Care Act Has Saved $3.9 Billion on Prescription Drugs for Those on Medicare, CMS Announces

July 31, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a news release announcing that, because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), President Obama’s signature Health Care Law, seniors and people with disabilities who . . . → Read More: Affordable Care Act Has Saved $3.9 Billion on Prescription Drugs for Those on Medicare, CMS Announces

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HealthCare.gov Features 5 Prevention Resources for You and Your Family

July 29, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a Bulletin from HealthCare.gov on Friday, featuring links to five free Prevention Resources made available to you and your family because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, . . . → Read More: HealthCare.gov Features 5 Prevention Resources for You and Your Family

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Health Care Providers, Insurers & Employers Now Mostly Favor Health Care Law, New Reporting Finds

July 19, 2012 Posted by Editor

New reporting published July 11 in the journal HealthAffairs has found that after the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the major part of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature Health Care Law, a sharp partisan divide . . . → Read More: Health Care Providers, Insurers & Employers Now Mostly Favor Health Care Law, New Reporting Finds

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HHS Launches New Tool To Help You Find Out if You’re Getting a Rebate From Your Health Insurer under the Affordable Care Act

July 16, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday that it has launched a new online tool to help you find out whether your health insurance company is required to pay you a rebate on August . . . → Read More: HHS Launches New Tool To Help You Find Out if You’re Getting a Rebate From Your Health Insurer under the Affordable Care Act

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July 17 Conference: After the Supreme Court – Implementing Affordable Care Act

July 13, 2012 Posted by Editor

The publication HealthAffairs has announced that it will hold a conference in Washington D.C. on July 17 on the topic: After the Supreme Court: Moving Ahead to Implement the Affordable Care Act, Improve Health Care and Lower Costs. UPDATE: . . . → Read More: July 17 Conference: After the Supreme Court – Implementing Affordable Care Act

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Over 16 Million Seniors on Medicare received Free Preventive Care under Affordable Care Act in 2012, HHS Announces

July 12, 2012 Posted by Editor

The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on July 10, that more than 16 Million Medicare beneficiaries have already received free preventive care services in the first six months of 2012 due to the Affordable Care . . . → Read More: Over 16 Million Seniors on Medicare received Free Preventive Care under Affordable Care Act in 2012, HHS Announces

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Justices Kagan & Breyer Saved Medicaid Expansion by Voting with Chief Justice Roberts

July 2, 2012 Posted by Editor

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama Administration’s signature Health Care Law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) on Thursday, June 28. A full report and analysis of the Court’s opinion . . . → Read More: Justices Kagan & Breyer Saved Medicaid Expansion by Voting with Chief Justice Roberts

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President Obama Lays Out Contents of Health Care Law

July 2, 2012 Posted by Editor

In his speech to the Nation, following the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) on Thursday, President Obama took the occasion to lay out in simple terms for the American people . . . → Read More: President Obama Lays Out Contents of Health Care Law

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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law – Individual Mandate Upheld as a Tax; Medicaid Expansion Made Voluntary to States

June 28, 2012 Posted by Constance R. Barnhart

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued its much awaited decision on President Obama’s signature health care law (the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act or “Affordable Care Act”). In its majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law – Individual Mandate Upheld as a Tax; Medicaid Expansion Made Voluntary to States

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HHS Announces $128.6 Million of New Grants to Expand Community Health Centers Under Affordable Care Act — Will Serve 1.2 Million More Patients & Create Over 5,000 Jobs

June 24, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that it has awarded $128.6 million of new grants to expand Community Health Centers in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. . . . → Read More: HHS Announces $128.6 Million of New Grants to Expand Community Health Centers Under Affordable Care Act — Will Serve 1.2 Million More Patients & Create Over 5,000 Jobs

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Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

June 22, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that due to the Affordable Care Act (which some call “Obamacare”), 12.8 million Americans will receive rebates from insurance companies this Summer, totaling $1.1 Billion. The insurance companies . . . → Read More: Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

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American College of Physicians Urges Politicians to Stop Unwise Health Care Cuts, Provides Alternative Proposals

May 31, 2012 Posted by Editor

The American College of Physicians (ACP), a nationwide nonprofit organization of doctors of internal medicine, issued a comprehensive report, entitled “The State of the Nation’s Health Care 2012: How Bad Budget Choices and Broken Politics Are Undermining Progress in . . . → Read More: American College of Physicians Urges Politicians to Stop Unwise Health Care Cuts, Provides Alternative Proposals

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HHS Launches New Web-Based Tool to Measure Performance of Health Care System

May 22, 2012 Posted by Editor

In a news release issued May 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of the Health System Measurement Project, a new web-based tool which will allow policymakers, providers, and the public . . . → Read More: HHS Launches New Web-Based Tool to Measure Performance of Health Care System

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Norway Ranks as Best Country to be a Mom; U.S. 25th in the World, New Report Finds

May 20, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Save the Children foundation has published its 13th annual “State of the World’s Mothers Report,” which compares and ranks 165 countries around the world in terms of the Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom. This year’s . . . → Read More: Norway Ranks as Best Country to be a Mom; U.S. 25th in the World, New Report Finds

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Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s

May 16, 2012 Posted by Editor

On May 15, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius released the final version of the first comprehensive National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which has been under development pursuant to the National Alzheimer’s Project Act . . . → Read More: Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s

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Mother’s Day Kicks Off National Women’s Health Week, May 13-19, 2012

May 12, 2012 Posted by Editor

In a news release issued May 11, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that Mother’s Day will begin the observance of National Women’s Health Week, which will run from May 13 through 19 this year. . . . → Read More: Mother’s Day Kicks Off National Women’s Health Week, May 13-19, 2012

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15.8 Million Americans to Receive $1.3 Billion in Rebates from Insurers Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

May 11, 2012 Posted by Editor

In a blog post today, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that due to the Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s Health Reform Law, which some call “Obamacare”), about 15.8 Million Americans will receive an estimated . . . → Read More: 15.8 Million Americans to Receive $1.3 Billion in Rebates from Insurers Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

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HHS Announces $728 Million of Funding for Community Health Centers Under Obama’s Health Care Law

May 1, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the awarding of grants totaling $728 million to Community Health Centers nationwide under President Obama’s Health Care Law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”). . . . → Read More: HHS Announces $728 Million of Funding for Community Health Centers Under Obama’s Health Care Law

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New Reports Document High Costs of Obesity in America

May 1, 2012 Posted by Editor

Several new studies and reports have been published recently documenting the high costs of obesity to America and Americans. According to these new research findings, obesity adds $190 Billion per year to health care costs, which is over 20% . . . → Read More: New Reports Document High Costs of Obesity in America

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HHS Announces 3 New Home & Community-Based Care Options under Affordable Care Act

April 27, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday three new programs made possible under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act,” which some call “Obamacare”) to help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries receive . . . → Read More: HHS Announces 3 New Home & Community-Based Care Options under Affordable Care Act

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HHS Announces New Administration on Community Living to Help Seniors & Disabled Live At Home

April 17, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Monday that it has established a new Administration on Community Living under HHS, which will be dedicated to “enhancing and improving the broad range of supports that individuals with . . . → Read More: HHS Announces New Administration on Community Living to Help Seniors & Disabled Live At Home

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New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

April 6, 2012 Posted by Editor

In Supreme Court arguments last week and in the press, the debate over the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), which some call “Obamacare,” has centered around legal arguments whether the individual insurance mandate in the . . . → Read More: New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

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Transcripts of Supreme Court Arguments on Health Care Law Suggest Possible Support for the Law

April 2, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Supreme Court released audio recordings and written transcripts of the oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (which some call “Obamacare”) that took place before the Supreme Court on March 26 – March 28, . . . → Read More: Transcripts of Supreme Court Arguments on Health Care Law Suggest Possible Support for the Law

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White House Issues New Report on Benefits of Affordable Care Act & Debunks Myths About It

March 27, 2012 Posted by Editor

On March 23, 2012, the White House issued a new report summarizing in simple and clear terms what the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), which some call “Obamacare,” actually does. In short, as its name . . . → Read More: White House Issues New Report on Benefits of Affordable Care Act & Debunks Myths About It

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Helen, a Caregiver at a Senior Center, Tells How Health Reform Has Helped Her and Other Seniors

March 25, 2012 Posted by Editor

Helen, a senior who works at a Senior Center in Philadelphia, tells her story on how health care reform has helped her and other seniors. She explains how the free preventive services provided to seniors under the Patient Protection . . . → Read More: Helen, a Caregiver at a Senior Center, Tells How Health Reform Has Helped Her and Other Seniors

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HHS Notes Successes of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on its 2-Year Anniversary

March 24, 2012 Posted by Editor

March 23, 2012 was the two-year anniversary of the date on which President Obama signed the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) into law. The Affordable Care Act is the Obama Administration’s signature health care reform . . . → Read More: HHS Notes Successes of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on its 2-Year Anniversary

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Health Care Law March 26-28, 2012

March 23, 2012 Posted by Constance R. Barnhart

On Monday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the cases challenging the validity of the Health Care Reform Law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Health Care Law March 26-28, 2012

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Health Reform Law (Obamacare) Provides 45 Million Women with Preventive Health Care

March 22, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), released an issue brief on Tuesday with new data, announcing that over 45 Million women can receive preventive health care . . . → Read More: Health Reform Law (Obamacare) Provides 45 Million Women with Preventive Health Care

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Medicare-Medicaid Announces Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Home Residents

March 16, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative on March 15, 2012 aimed at reducing avoidable hospitalizations among nursing home residents who are dual Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries. “The initiative aims to reduce costly and avoidable . . . → Read More: Medicare-Medicaid Announces Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Home Residents

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New Comic Book by MIT Economist Explains Health Reform Law

February 26, 2012 Posted by Editor

MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber, who advised the Obama Administration on health care reform and was an architect of Governor Romney’s health care reform in Massachusetts, has written a new 152-page comic book that explains and combats some common misconceptions . . . → Read More: New Comic Book by MIT Economist Explains Health Reform Law

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First 7 New CO-OP Health Insurers Approved for Loans under Affordable Care Act

February 22, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on February 21 approval of the first seven CO-OPs (new Consumer Oriented and Operated Health Insurance Plans) that will receive loans under the Affordable Care Act. The loans will help . . . → Read More: First 7 New CO-OP Health Insurers Approved for Loans under Affordable Care Act

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Electronic Health Records Can Relieve Caregiver Stress; A Caregiver Tells Her Story

February 17, 2012 Posted by Editor

Cynthia Whisker, a social service coordinator who counsels families and seniors about how to handle the stress of caregiving for their loved ones, has herself become a caregiver for her husband. Her husband underwent both a liver transplant and . . . → Read More: Electronic Health Records Can Relieve Caregiver Stress; A Caregiver Tells Her Story

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86 Million Americans Benefited from Free Preventive Healthcare Coverage in 2011 Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Reports

February 16, 2012 Posted by Editor

According to data in two new reports issued February 15 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), an estimated combined total of 86 million Americans have benefited in 2011 from the free preventive healthcare coverage provided . . . → Read More: 86 Million Americans Benefited from Free Preventive Healthcare Coverage in 2011 Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Reports

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Government Reports Record $4.1 Billion Health Care Fraud Recovery in 2011

February 15, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Justice Department and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a joint news release on February 14, 2012 in which they reported a record recovery of $4.1 Billion in taxpayer dollars in fiscal year 2011, due . . . → Read More: Government Reports Record $4.1 Billion Health Care Fraud Recovery in 2011

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Medicare to Hold Feb 21 Webinar on Accountable Care Organizations, Million Hearts, Other Topics

February 12, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) National Medicare Training Program announced that they will hold their next monthly webinar for professionals and volunteers who work with seniors and people with disabilities on February 21, 2012, starting at . . . → Read More: Medicare to Hold Feb 21 Webinar on Accountable Care Organizations, Million Hearts, Other Topics

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Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer’s Research & Caregiver Support

February 8, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Obama Administration announced yesterday a $130 million increase over two years in the funding for Alzheimer’s Disease research, as well as $26 million of additional funding for support of caregivers and other programs toward the prevention and treatment . . . → Read More: Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer’s Research & Caregiver Support

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High Deductible Health Insurance Plans Linked to Delayed or Foregone Care

January 29, 2012 Posted by Editor

A new study by a team of Harvard researchers published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine has found that families and individuals enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans report delaying or foregoing health care for chronic conditions at . . . → Read More: High Deductible Health Insurance Plans Linked to Delayed or Foregone Care

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Review of Preventive Health Coverage under Affordable Care Act

January 13, 2012 Posted by Editor

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed the new preventive health care coverage made available under the Affordable Care Act at an event at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. July 14, . . . → Read More: Review of Preventive Health Coverage under Affordable Care Act

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HHS Announces Healthcare Professionals to Participate in New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Healthcare

January 10, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued the following press release: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Room 352-G 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Office of Media . . . → Read More: HHS Announces Healthcare Professionals to Participate in New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Healthcare

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Medicare to Provide Expanded Primary Care At Home for Seniors under New Affordable Care Act Initiative

December 21, 2011 Posted by Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on December 20, a new demonstration program under the Affordable Care Act under which doctors and nurses will provide expanded primary care at home for Seniors on Medicare. The new . . . → Read More: Medicare to Provide Expanded Primary Care At Home for Seniors under New Affordable Care Act Initiative

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32 Health Care Systems to Participate in Accountable Care Organizations Initiative under Affordable Care Act

December 20, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that 32 leading health care organizations from across the U.S. have been selected to participate in the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Initiative under the Affordable Care Act. This . . . → Read More: 32 Health Care Systems to Participate in Accountable Care Organizations Initiative under Affordable Care Act

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Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

December 8, 2011 Posted by Editor

The 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings® report was released on December 5, 2011, grading and ranking the 50 U.S. states in terms of the level of their overall health and health care, determined by 23 objective measurements. The annual . . . → Read More: Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

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Medicare’s Free Annual Wellness Visits

November 28, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Medicare recipients under the Affordable Care Act are entitled to an annual wellness visit with their physician at no cost to them. You can review medications with your doctor and talk about whether any changes are needed. You can . . . → Read More: Medicare’s Free Annual Wellness Visits

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NFCA Calls for Family Caregivers to Help Support the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation under the Affordable Care Act

November 25, 2011 Posted by Editor

In its Fall, 2011 newsletter, Take Care!, the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), a non-profit association working to support family caregivers, has published a thoughtful editorial entitled: “Family Caregivers and the Affordable Care Act: Where the Action Is.” In . . . → Read More: NFCA Calls for Family Caregivers to Help Support the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation under the Affordable Care Act

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What Issues Will the Supreme Court Decide on the Health Care Law?

November 17, 2011 Posted by Editor

On Monday, November 14, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order agreeing to review and decide four specific issues in the litigation challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, that . . . → Read More: What Issues Will the Supreme Court Decide on the Health Care Law?

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In Your Opinion, Should the Supreme Court Strike Down the Health Care Law?

November 15, 2011 Posted by Editor

Please take this short, Yes or No, survey. In your opinion, Should the Supreme Court strike down the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (the Health Reform Law of 2010)? Yes or No? Click here to take survey We . . . → Read More: In Your Opinion, Should the Supreme Court Strike Down the Health Care Law?

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Supreme Court Grants Review of Health Care Law – Decision Expected by Summer 2012

November 15, 2011 Posted by Editor

On Monday, November 14, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order agreeing to review and decide the litigation challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, that was passed by Congress . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Grants Review of Health Care Law – Decision Expected by Summer 2012

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear and Decide Challenges to Health Reform Law

November 14, 2011 Posted by Constance R. Barnhart

The U.S. Supreme Court today granted Petitions for Certiorari (review) in the 11th Circuit litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, the health reform law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in . . . → Read More: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear and Decide Challenges to Health Reform Law

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In Debate 3 GOP Presidential Candidates Say They Would End Medicare / Medicaid or Shift It to States or Vouchers

November 14, 2011 Posted by Editor

The Republican Presidential candidates participated in a nationally televised debate on November 12, 2011, hosted by CBS News and held at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. While the subject of this debate was foreign policy and national security, . . . → Read More: In Debate 3 GOP Presidential Candidates Say They Would End Medicare / Medicaid or Shift It to States or Vouchers

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GOP Senators Seek Investigation of $10B Medicare Innovation Center under Affordable Care Act

November 12, 2011 Posted by Editor

Three Republican Senators, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Michael Enzi of Wyoming, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, called on Thursday, November 10 for an examination by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, into the activities and spending . . . → Read More: GOP Senators Seek Investigation of $10B Medicare Innovation Center under Affordable Care Act

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DC Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Health Care Law; Finds Individual Insurance Mandate Constitutional

November 9, 2011 Posted by Constance R. Barnhart

On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, in Washington D.C., issued a decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the Affordable Care Act”) and ruling that the individual insurance . . . → Read More: DC Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Health Care Law; Finds Individual Insurance Mandate Constitutional

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Some Highlights of the Health-care Reform Law

November 2, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

In response to some viewer’s questions about the health-care reform law, we are posting Consumer Reports’ highlights from an interview with President Obama. He describes what the health-care reform bill offers and its overall thrust. Watch highlights . . . → Read More: Some Highlights of the Health-care Reform Law

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Affordable Care Act to Fund Improvement of Care for Medicare Patients in 500 Community Health Centers

October 26, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued the following press release on October 24, 2011: “Affordable Care Act to help improve care for Medicare beneficiaries 500 federally qualified health centers to receive funding, participate in a program . . . → Read More: Affordable Care Act to Fund Improvement of Care for Medicare Patients in 500 Community Health Centers

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Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

October 20, 2011 Posted by Editor

A new survey published on October 19 found that while almost eight in ten people who reported having a recent blood test claim they understood the results, in fact 48 percent did not know their cholesterol level, and 65 . . . → Read More: Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

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Is Money in Politics Harmful to Health & the Real Enemy of Meaningful Health Care Reform?

October 15, 2011 Posted by Editor

Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School has written a seminal new book entitled, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It, recently published by Hachette Book Group. In it he argues that the root of . . . → Read More: Is Money in Politics Harmful to Health & the Real Enemy of Meaningful Health Care Reform?

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Denmark Imposes ‘Fat Tax’ on High Saturated Fat Foods to Combat Obesity

October 3, 2011 Posted by Editor

In a declared effort to combat obesity and heart disease, Denmark has imposed what may be the world’s first “fat food tax” on foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fat. The tax, which went into effect on Saturday, . . . → Read More: Denmark Imposes ‘Fat Tax’ on High Saturated Fat Foods to Combat Obesity

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Future of Medicine Summit V, Oct 27-29, Sponsored by Palm Beach County Medical Society

October 2, 2011 Posted by Editor

The Fifth annual Future of Medicine Summit, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Medical Society, will take place on October 27-29, 2011, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Here is information about the . . . → Read More: Future of Medicine Summit V, Oct 27-29, Sponsored by Palm Beach County Medical Society

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U.S. Government Appeals Health Care Law Litigation to Supreme Court

September 30, 2011 Posted by Constance R. Barnhart

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review and decide the litigation over the constitutionality of the individual insurance mandate in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, the signature . . . → Read More: U.S. Government Appeals Health Care Law Litigation to Supreme Court

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FDA Offers Webinar on Prescription Drug Shortages

September 29, 2011 Posted by Editor

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “in 2010 there were a record number of shortages of prescription drugs, and … in 2011, FDA continues to see an increasing number of shortages, especially those involving older sterile . . . → Read More: FDA Offers Webinar on Prescription Drug Shortages

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HHS Announces Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative to Reward Better Coordination of Care

September 29, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on September 28, 2011 the launch of a new, voluntary Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (the “Initiative”) funded under the Affordable Care Act. The Initiative, HHS says, will incentivize primary . . . → Read More: HHS Announces Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative to Reward Better Coordination of Care

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Grants to States under Affordable Care Act Help Fight Health Insurance Premium Hikes

September 22, 2011 Posted by Editor

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on September 20, 2011 that under the Affordable Care Act, 28 states and the District of Columbia have been awarded grants totaling $109 million, to help fight unreasonable health insurance premium increases and protect . . . → Read More: Grants to States under Affordable Care Act Help Fight Health Insurance Premium Hikes

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HHS & Public-Private Partners Aim to Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks & Strokes in 5 Years

September 14, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a new “Million Hearts” campaign being launched by a public-private partnership of several government and private sector organizations, with the aim of preventing 1 million heart attacks and . . . → Read More: HHS & Public-Private Partners Aim to Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks & Strokes in 5 Years

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At National Health IT Week Summit HHS Proposes New Rules to Give Patients Direct Access to Their Lab Reports

September 13, 2011 Posted by Editor

On August 12, 2011, at an inaugural Summit for National Health IT Week, taking place August 11-16, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced proposed new rules that would allow patients for the first time . . . → Read More: At National Health IT Week Summit HHS Proposes New Rules to Give Patients Direct Access to Their Lab Reports

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Seniors on Medicare Have Saved $ Millions Due to Affordable Care Act, CMS Reports

September 11, 2011 Posted by Editor

In a briefing released on September 8, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported statistics showing that the Affordable Care Act has so far saved Millions of Dollars in prescription drug costs and preventive care for . . . → Read More: Seniors on Medicare Have Saved $ Millions Due to Affordable Care Act, CMS Reports

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U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Two Lawsuits Challenging Affordable Care Act

September 10, 2011 Posted by Constance R. Barnhart

petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. Ken Cuccinelli’s State of Virginia Lawsuit Procedural History. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, on behalf of the State of Virginia, filed a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act on the . . . → Read More: U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Two Lawsuits Challenging Affordable Care Act

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Too Many Confusing Choices in Medicare Advantage Plans Lead to Poor Plan Decisions by Seniors, Study Finds

September 6, 2011 Posted by Editor

A new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that “Medicare Advantage” plans marketed by private insurance companies that offer too many options confuse seniors and lead to poor choices, especially among those who are cognitively impaired. . . . → Read More: Too Many Confusing Choices in Medicare Advantage Plans Lead to Poor Plan Decisions by Seniors, Study Finds

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$137 Million for Prevention & Health Programs is Granted to States under Affordable Care Act

August 25, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has today announced the award of $137 Million of grants, primarily under the Affordable Care Act, to States and non-profit organizations to fund prevention and health improvement services and initiatives. . . . → Read More: $137 Million for Prevention & Health Programs is Granted to States under Affordable Care Act

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New Rules to Simplify Purchase of Health Insurance Proposed under Affordable Care Act

August 19, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury issued proposed new rules under the Affordable Care Act on August 17, 2011 which would simplify the purchase of health insurance for consumers. Under the proposed new . . . → Read More: New Rules to Simplify Purchase of Health Insurance Proposed under Affordable Care Act

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11th Circuit Appeals Panel Strikes Insurance Mandate, Upholds Rest of Health Care Law

August 13, 2011 Posted by Editor

here attached. The description of the above provisions of the Affordable Care Act is found on pages 11-53 and pages 292-304 (Appendix A) of the attached document. The Health Care Litigation — Background The 11th Circuit’s ruling comes on . . . → Read More: 11th Circuit Appeals Panel Strikes Insurance Mandate, Upholds Rest of Health Care Law

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National Community Health Centers Provide Primary & Preventive Care to 20 Million

August 8, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced today that this week, August 7th-13th, is National Community Health Center Week. This is “an opportunity to recognize the vital work of community health centers, which provide high . . . → Read More: National Community Health Centers Provide Primary & Preventive Care to 20 Million

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S&P Downgrade of US Credit Rating Cites Political Brinksmanship, Looming Deficit from Rising Health Care Costs

August 6, 2011 Posted by Editor

actual S&P Research Update of August 5, 2011, downgrading the U.S. credit rating, was published by S&P on their website. It is entitled, “United States of America Long-Term Rating Lowered To ‘AA+’ On Political Risks And Rising Debt Burden; . . . → Read More: S&P Downgrade of US Credit Rating Cites Political Brinksmanship, Looming Deficit from Rising Health Care Costs

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How to Fix Medicare & Medicaid? 6 Hospital CEO’s Weigh In

August 1, 2011 Posted by Editor

Here is food for thought: six CEO’s of Hospitals around the country have given their responses to the question: “How Would You Fix Medicare and Medicaid? These responses highlight issues that are not commonly covered in the public debate . . . → Read More: How to Fix Medicare & Medicaid? 6 Hospital CEO’s Weigh In

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Health Care Costs to Increase by 5.8% Per Year, CMS Projects; Baby Boomers Worry About Long-Term Care

July 29, 2011 Posted by Editor

A new report, from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Baltimore, and published in the journal HealthAffairs on July 28, 2011, projects that overall U.S. health care costs will grow . . . → Read More: Health Care Costs to Increase by 5.8% Per Year, CMS Projects; Baby Boomers Worry About Long-Term Care

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HHS Proposes Rules to Allow New Consumer Run Nonprofit CO-OP Health Insurance Plans; $3.8 Billion of Loan Financing Available

July 18, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued the following Press Release today: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2011 New Private Nonprofit Health Plans Will Increase . . . → Read More: HHS Proposes Rules to Allow New Consumer Run Nonprofit CO-OP Health Insurance Plans; $3.8 Billion of Loan Financing Available

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U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Affordable Care Act

June 30, 2011 Posted by Editor

lower court ruling by U.S. District Judge George C. Steeh in Detroit. Judge Steeh upheld the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, finding that the act of choosing not to buy health insurance was a consequential commercial decision that . . . → Read More: U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Affordable Care Act

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Affordable Care Act Has Saved Medicare Beneficiaries $260 Million on Prescription Drugs in 5 Months

June 28, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), reported today that in the first five months of 2011, the Affordable Care Act has saved $260 Million in prescription drug costs for . . . → Read More: Affordable Care Act Has Saved Medicare Beneficiaries $260 Million on Prescription Drugs in 5 Months

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Which State Provides the Best Health Care?

June 23, 2011 Posted by Editor

A study by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the 50 U.S. States as to the quality of their health care in 2009. [See Image At Left] Recently, U.S. States have signaled increasingly divergent approaches to health care, moving in opposite . . . → Read More: Which State Provides the Best Health Care?

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National Prevention Strategy Released June 16 Under Affordable Care Act

June 17, 2011 Posted by Editor

On June 16, 2011, the Surgeon General of the U.S. along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and members of the National Prevention Council, announced the release of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, . . . → Read More: National Prevention Strategy Released June 16 Under Affordable Care Act

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Under Affordable Care Act, Preventive Services Now Free to Medicare Beneficiaries

May 25, 2011 Posted by Editor

Under the Affordable Care Act, since January 1, 2011, beneficiaries of Original Medicare no longer have to pay out-of-pocket costs for a “Welcome to Medicare” physical exam, and an annual preventive/ wellness visit with a participating physician is also . . . → Read More: Under Affordable Care Act, Preventive Services Now Free to Medicare Beneficiaries

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Top 5 Recommendations for Improving Primary Care Issued Today by National Physicians Alliance

May 23, 2011 Posted by Editor

The National Physicians Alliance (NPA), an organization of 22,000 physicians in the U.S., has developed and issued today, three lists of “Top 5″ recommended changes in common clinical practices in primary medicine. They say, based on scientific literature and . . . → Read More: Top 5 Recommendations for Improving Primary Care Issued Today by National Physicians Alliance

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More Emergency Rooms Adopt Online Reservations Systems: You Can Book An Appointment & Wait at Home

May 21, 2011 Posted by Editor

Ten hospitals in South Florida have recently joined a growing national trend by adopting online reservations systems for their Emergency Rooms. These systems allow patients with non-life-threatening conditions to go online, enter their symptoms, and, for a fee, book . . . → Read More: More Emergency Rooms Adopt Online Reservations Systems: You Can Book An Appointment & Wait at Home

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Government Imposes Review on All Premium Rate Hikes of 10% or More by Health Insurers

May 19, 2011 Posted by Editor

“Over the last 10 years, the cost of family health insurance has jumped an amazing 131 percent and today coverage is out of reach for millions of people and business owners,” the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services . . . → Read More: Government Imposes Review on All Premium Rate Hikes of 10% or More by Health Insurers

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City Emergency Rooms Closing – Linked to Profit Motive – While ER Use Increases

May 18, 2011 Posted by Editor

A significant new study reported in the May 18, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that a net 27% of Hospital Emergency Rooms in U.S. cities closed between 1990 and 2009, and those . . . → Read More: City Emergency Rooms Closing – Linked to Profit Motive – While ER Use Increases

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Health Insurers Report Record Profits, Yet Raise Premiums, While People Postpone Care

May 14, 2011 Posted by Editor

Kaiser Health News, which provides a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations, is reporting from several sources that health insurance companies have realized record profits for the third year in a row, enhanced even . . . → Read More: Health Insurers Report Record Profits, Yet Raise Premiums, While People Postpone Care

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Affordable Care Act Will Save $120 Billion for Medicare over 5 Years

May 14, 2011 Posted by Editor

CMS.gov. It outlines savings resulting from improvements to the Medicare program, including implementation of several provisions in the Affordable Care Act, cracking down on fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare system; reforming payment systems to reward high quality . . . → Read More: Affordable Care Act Will Save $120 Billion for Medicare over 5 Years

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2011 Medicare Trustees Report Shows Affordable Care Act Added 8 Years of Solvency to Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance Trust Fund

May 13, 2011 Posted by Editor

The Medicare Trustees issued their Annual Report for 2011 today. It shows that the Medicare (Part A) Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is now projected to remain solvent until 2024, eight years longer than would have been the case without . . . → Read More: 2011 Medicare Trustees Report Shows Affordable Care Act Added 8 Years of Solvency to Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance Trust Fund

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Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

May 10, 2011 Posted by Editor

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released an investigation report on May 4, 2011, finding that among elderly Medicare patients in nursing homes, dangerous antipsychotic drugs are being given predominantly . . . → Read More: Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

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Lawsuits Challenging Health Care Law to Be Argued on Appeal May 10

May 9, 2011 Posted by Editor

Conservative blogs have pointed out that the Solicitor General usually argues cases only before the U.S. Supreme Court. E. Duncan Getchell Jr., Virginia’s solicitor general, will argue before the Fourth Circuit for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Dean . . . → Read More: Lawsuits Challenging Health Care Law to Be Argued on Appeal May 10

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How To Save On The Cost Of Prescription Drugs

May 7, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Some tips from Medicare.gov on buying generic drugs and entering a discount prescription program. Click 10 ways to reduce your drug costs» See also the ABC Diane Sawuer News Video report on how to cut the cost of . . . → Read More: How To Save On The Cost Of Prescription Drugs

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Yale Study Links ‘Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders’ to Poor Surgical Outcomes & Higher Risk of Death

April 18, 2011 Posted by Editor

A new study by Yale researchers published today in the Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA journals of the American Medical Association, found that Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders were associated with poor surgical outcomes and a higher risk of death . . . → Read More: Yale Study Links ‘Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders’ to Poor Surgical Outcomes & Higher Risk of Death

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Alarming Trend: Medical Errors Have Increased in the U.S.

April 16, 2011 Posted by Editor

A new editorial in The Lancet medical journal cites staggering statistics that medical errors now occur in as many one-third of all U.S. hospitalizations. The editors present other attention-getting statistics from several scientific studies establishing that medical errors remain . . . → Read More: Alarming Trend: Medical Errors Have Increased in the U.S.

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New Patient Safety Program Launched under Affordable Care Act

April 13, 2011 Posted by Editor

The “Partnership For Patients” program was officially launched today under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This $1 Billion program, announced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), aims to improve patient outcomes by reducing . . . → Read More: New Patient Safety Program Launched under Affordable Care Act

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New Study Finds U.S. Adults Significantly More Obese than Canadians

April 2, 2011 Posted by Editor

A new study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has found that the prevalence of obesity among adults in the United States is significantly higher than among adults in Canada. In addition, over a . . . → Read More: New Study Finds U.S. Adults Significantly More Obese than Canadians

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Survey Finds 9 of 10 Health Care Leaders Support Affordable Care Act; 7 of 10 Favor Implementing the Law with Little or No Change

March 19, 2011 Posted by Editor

A recent survey of leaders in health care and health care policy found that 9 of 10 Health Care Leaders agree that the general direction set by the Affordable Care Act is appropriate, and 7 out of 10 favor . . . → Read More: Survey Finds 9 of 10 Health Care Leaders Support Affordable Care Act; 7 of 10 Favor Implementing the Law with Little or No Change

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Doctors Try New Direct-Pay Models for Primary Care; Leaving Health Insurers Out

March 10, 2011 Posted by Editor

Much has been written about how our current insurance model encourages doctors to perform procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients.  The role of the insurance companies, intervening between doctors and their patients, displeases both doctors . . . → Read More: Doctors Try New Direct-Pay Models for Primary Care; Leaving Health Insurers Out

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Florida Federal Judge Stays His Previous Decision Against Health Care Reform Law

March 4, 2011 Posted by Editor

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, the federal judge in Pensacola, Florida who previously ruled the Health Care Reform Law unconstitutional in its entirety, entered an Order on March 3, staying his own decision, pending appeal. This essentially suspends enforcement . . . → Read More: Florida Federal Judge Stays His Previous Decision Against Health Care Reform Law

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Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs) Available under Health Reform Law to Help Those With Pre-existing Conditions

February 25, 2011 Posted by Editor

While lawsuits and Republicans in Congress are seeking to overturn The Affordable Care Act of 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is continuing to institute many of the law’s provisions in an effort to provide low-cost . . . → Read More: Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs) Available under Health Reform Law to Help Those With Pre-existing Conditions

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D.C. Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Law — Courts now 3-2 in Favor of Law

February 22, 2011 Posted by Editor

February 22, 2011.  Senior U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington D.C. today upheld the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s Health Care Reform law and dismissed a lawsuit brought by individual plaintiffs who challenged the law’s constitutionality based . . . → Read More: D.C. Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Law — Courts now 3-2 in Favor of Law

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AMA Favors Some Changes to Health Care Law; 92% of Poll Respondents Oppose Tossing Out Health Care Law, but 50% Do Favor Changes

February 18, 2011 Posted by Editor

An online chat on benefits and changes under the Health Care Law conducted by the Los Angeles Times Thursday, February 17 discussed changes to the new Health Care Law advocated by the American Medical Association (AMA), and featured the results . . . → Read More: AMA Favors Some Changes to Health Care Law; 92% of Poll Respondents Oppose Tossing Out Health Care Law, but 50% Do Favor Changes

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Florida Federal Judge Declares Health Care Law Void in its Entirety – Conflicting Judicial Decisions Now Pending Appeal

February 3, 2011 Posted by Editor

On January 31, 2011, Judge Roger Vinson of the Federal District Court in Pensacola, Florida, issued a decision declaring the new federal Health Care Law void in its entirety, finding that the mandate for all Americans to purchase health . . . → Read More: Florida Federal Judge Declares Health Care Law Void in its Entirety – Conflicting Judicial Decisions Now Pending Appeal

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New Disability & Long-Term Care Insurance Benefit Under The New Health Care Law

January 29, 2011 Posted by Editor

The new health care law established a new voluntary national insurance program that will provide cash benefits to participants who have a qualifying disability that limits their day-to-day living and who meet the other eligibility criteria. This new program . . . → Read More: New Disability & Long-Term Care Insurance Benefit Under The New Health Care Law

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New Medicare Benefits in 2011 under the Health Reform Law

January 21, 2011 Posted by Editor

Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, has released a new Video explaining the new benefits that the Affordable Care Act (the Health Reform Law) provides in 2011 for people on . . . → Read More: New Medicare Benefits in 2011 under the Health Reform Law

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New report: 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition could be denied coverage without the health reform law

January 18, 2011 Posted by Editor

In a News Release, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reported: Without Affordable Care Act protections, in 2014, 1 in 2 non-elderly Americans could be denied coverage or charged more due to a . . . → Read More: New report: 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition could be denied coverage without the health reform law

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Implementation Timeline for the Provisions of the Health Reform Law

January 12, 2011 Posted by Editor

Kaiser Family Foundation provides a very helpful and easy to understand ”Implementation Timeline”  — an interactive tool to explain how and when the provisions of the health reform law will be implemented over the next several years.  You can show or hide . . . → Read More: Implementation Timeline for the Provisions of the Health Reform Law

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Major Health Care Forum with Global Business and Government Leaders Taking Place in Miami Jan. 12-14, 2011

January 9, 2011 Posted by Editor

Under the leadership of its President, former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Donna E. Shalala, the University of Miami will host a major Global Business Forum, entitled “The Business of Health Care: Defining the Future,” on January . . . → Read More: Major Health Care Forum with Global Business and Government Leaders Taking Place in Miami Jan. 12-14, 2011

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First Baby Boomers Hit 65: Looming Strains on Medicare Solvency

January 3, 2011 Posted by Editor

On New Year’s Day, the first baby boomers, those born in 1946,  will celebrate their 65th Birthday.  Beginning Jan. 1, 10,000 Baby Boomers a day will turn 65.  That will continue for the next 19 years.  “Baby Boomers” include . . . → Read More: First Baby Boomers Hit 65: Looming Strains on Medicare Solvency

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Nine Key Provisions of the New Health Care Reform Law Take Effect January 1, 2011

January 2, 2011 Posted by Editor

Here is a list of the nine key provisions of the new national Health Care Reform Law that take effect on January 1, 2011: Restriction on Insurance Company Use of Premium Dollars. Health-insurance companies will now be required to . . . → Read More: Nine Key Provisions of the New Health Care Reform Law Take Effect January 1, 2011

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The New Year Brings New Health-Care Benefits under Health Reform Law

January 1, 2011 Posted by Editor

On Saturday, January 1, 2011 important new changes to U.S. health insurance rules will take effect under the new Health Reform Law – the Affordable Care Act. Among the new provisions taking effect today are: New rules designed to . . . → Read More: The New Year Brings New Health-Care Benefits under Health Reform Law

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Wanted: A National Respite System – NYTimes.com

December 31, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

Over 28 million people in the United States provide care for someone age 75 or older.  A 2009 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP found that 88% of family caregivers never get a break from this full-time job. . . . → Read More: Wanted: A National Respite System – NYTimes.com

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A Happier New Year for The Alzheimer’s Community

December 29, 2010 Posted by Editor

On December 8 and December 15, 2010, both Houses of Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA); S. 3036, which is now pending the President’s signature, making this a more hopeful News Year for the 11 million Americans . . . → Read More: A Happier New Year for The Alzheimer’s Community

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Central Provision of Health Care Law Is Ruled Unconstitutional

December 14, 2010 Posted by Editor

On Monday, December 13, Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Federal District Court in Richmond, Virginia ruled that the provision in the recently adopted health reform law requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance is unconstitutional.  . . . → Read More: Central Provision of Health Care Law Is Ruled Unconstitutional

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Medicare Patients Often Harmed in Hospitals, Study Says

November 16, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

Mistakes Chronicled on Medicare Patients By DUFF WILSON Published: November 15, 2010 According to a new study from the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, one of every seven Medicare beneficiaries who is . . . → Read More: Medicare Patients Often Harmed in Hospitals, Study Says

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Alzheimers Has Hefty Global Price Tag: World Alzheimer Report Findings

November 1, 2010 Posted by Editor

A recent international report about Alzheimer’s disease suggests that the global economic impact of dementia costs about $604 billion or 1% of the global Gross Domestic Product, indicating that the financial toll of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s is . . . → Read More: Alzheimers Has Hefty Global Price Tag: World Alzheimer Report Findings

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States Back Rule to Use 80% of Health Premiums for Care

October 22, 2010 Posted by Editor

WASHINGTON — State insurance commissioners on Thursday, October 21, unanimously endorsed the tough new standards in the federal Health Reform Law, which would require health insurance companies to spend at least 80% of each premium dollar on health care for the benefit of . . . → Read More: States Back Rule to Use 80% of Health Premiums for Care

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2010 NaviNet Healthcare Forum: Nation’s Leading Health Plans to Discuss Industry Trends and How to Leverage Technology to Succeed in a Time of Change

October 11, 2010 Posted by Editor

“NaviNet, America’s largest real-time healthcare communications network, welcomes healthcare visionaries to the 2010 NaviNet Healthcare Forum at The Liberty Hotel in Boston on October 11-12, 2010. The event will bring together leading national, commercial, Blue and Medicaid health . . . → Read More: 2010 NaviNet Healthcare Forum: Nation’s Leading Health Plans to Discuss Industry Trends and How to Leverage Technology to Succeed in a Time of Change

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‘Child only’ health insurance dropped by all major insurers in Florida as new health insurance mandate takes effect.

September 23, 2010 Posted by Editor

September 21, 2010.  Orlando Sentinel.  Most of Florida’s major health insurers have stopped writing new “child-only” insurance policies — some pulling out of the market just days before the health-care overhaul requires insurers to provide full coverage to kids . . . → Read More: ‘Child only’ health insurance dropped by all major insurers in Florida as new health insurance mandate takes effect.

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For Many Families, Health Care Relief Begins Today under the New Health Reform Law

September 23, 2010 Posted by Editor

September 23, 2010. The initial provisions of the new health care law go into effect today. On this, the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a number of its most central consumer . . . → Read More: For Many Families, Health Care Relief Begins Today under the New Health Reform Law

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Sebelius calls on health insurers to stop misinformation and unjustified rate increases

September 13, 2010 Posted by Editor

WASHINGTON, DC – Press Release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote America’s Health Insurance Plans AHIP, the national association of health insurers, calling on their members . . . → Read More: Sebelius calls on health insurers to stop misinformation and unjustified rate increases

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Employers Pushing Increased Share of Higher Health Insurance Costs on Employees

September 3, 2010 Posted by Editor

A new 2010 study released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research organization, found that health insurance premiums increased on average 3 percent from January to May, 2010, but because Employers were reducing their share of funding . . . → Read More: Employers Pushing Increased Share of Higher Health Insurance Costs on Employees

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Health-care overhaul: Long-term-care benefits are a long way off

August 1, 2010 Posted by Editor

The long-term care benefits promised in the Health Reform Law, though badly needed, are a long way off.  Read more, as reported in the Washington Post: Read More>>Health-care overhaul: Long-term-care benefits are a long way . . . → Read More: Health-care overhaul: Long-term-care benefits are a long way off

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HHS Announces Availability of $51 Million in Resources for States to Build New Competitive Health Insurance Marketplace

August 1, 2010 Posted by Editor

The US Department of Health & Human Services announced that it will be making grants to the States in a total amount of $51,000,000 in order to assiste the States in setting up the new competitive health insurance marketplaces required under the recently . . . → Read More: HHS Announces Availability of $51 Million in Resources for States to Build New Competitive Health Insurance Marketplace

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