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Good News For Obamacare: 2016 Enrollment Numbers Exceed Hopes

The Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2016 enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act, and the results are good news for supporters of the President’s signature health care law: the third enrollment season brought in nearly 13 million sign-ups for Obamacare, exceeding the government’s goals for enrollment and beating last year’s … Continue reading

New Obamacare Regulations Protect Transgender People From Discrimination In Health Care

In a major push for transgender rights, the Obama administration on Thursday announced that it will extend the current healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally, regardless of sex or gender identity. Under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, … Continue reading

How The GOP Budget Could Undo 50 Years Of Child Health Progress

  As the largest program in the federal “safety net” of public assistance programs, Medicaid provides essential medical and medically related services to the most vulnerable populations in society. Not only has Medicaid been a lifesaver for tens of millions of older Americans for 50 years, it has helped Americans of all ages, including millions … Continue reading

On Obamacare’s 5th Anniversary, Here Are The Five Numbers You Need To Know

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a landmark piece of legislation aimed at overhauling health insurance in the United States and ensuring coverage for nearly all Americans. Republican naysayers offered doomsday predictions – that the law would kill jobs, destroy Medicare and ultimately end up being … Continue reading

CDC: Half Of All American Adults Have A Chronic Disease

Half of all adults in the US have at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in The Lancet. The paper – part of a new series in the journal, ‘The Health of Americans’ – says the proportion … Continue reading

Minority Breast Cancer Survivors More Likely To Suffer Financial Hardship, Related Treatment Disparities

Breast cancer treatment can save lives, but it may also create financial problems, particularly for minority women, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In the new study, researchers analyzed data from more than 1,500 women in the Los Angeles and Detroit areas. The women — who were all diagnosed with breast cancer — … Continue reading

Millions Of People Have Gained Access To Health Care, But Republicans Still Say Obamacare Is Worse Than 9/11, Slavery, And The Holocaust

Nine months after the official rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), things are looking pretty good for the new health care law. In total, counting those who signed up for coverage via the state exchanges, healthcare.gov, and the Medicaid expansion, an estimated 17.2 million people have gained access to health insurance under the law. The percentage of … Continue reading

The Hidden Benefits Of The Affordable Care Act — And How They Could Change The Modern Face Of Health Care

President Barack Obama’s health care reform law will spend more than $1 trillion over the next decade to extend health coverage to millions of people — and about $20 billion actually trying to make us healthier. The money supporting these initiatives is tucked inside the Affordable Care Act in the form of the Prevention and … Continue reading

Health Policy Research Roundup: Six New Reports From The Health Care Industry

With the Affordable Care Act now in full swing, health policy research has kicked into overdrive. Here are six reports released last week that provide insight into the diverse industry of health care: Health Affairs: Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: An Examination Of Market And Policy Strategies 
 The ongoing consolidation between and … Continue reading

The Affordable Care Act: Improving Health Care For Women Of Color

Women of color, many of whom have unique health issues or are disproportionately underserved by the current health care system, have much to gain under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By making private insurance more affordable, expanding Medicaid, creating partnerships with communities of color, and supporting important care-delivery and system reforms, the ACA will improve … Continue reading

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