By Sec. Kathleen SebeliusSecretary of Health and Human Services
We're starting an important countdown, first to October 1, 2013, when many of you will be able to begin to shop for health insurance that meets your needs at the new Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov.
The countdown continues on to January 1, 2014, the start of new health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.
[Editor's Note: Last week, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare". BlogHer member Janet Mason shares a personal story about how the provisions of this law could have helped her own mother. --Grace]
By Janet Mason, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.As the Affordable Care Act worked its way through the courts in the past three years, I began to reflect on how it might have affected my own life and that of my mother, who died of cancer in 1994. The Supreme Court is reportedly due to issue its ruling on the constitutionality of the health care insurance reform (“Obamacare” to some) on June 28, 2012.I don’t know what the justices will decide, but I do know that people like me and my mother need a health care system we can believe in -- something better than what is in place....more
So, I never claimed this was going to be a “mommy blog” anyway, but health care? WTF you say? WTF, indeed.Seriously though, we need to talk about health care. I know a thing or twenty about this topic considering my years in the industry and with this "insider knowledge" I want to put together a cohesive (perhaps entertaining) dialogue about a few things no one is talking about....more
We have been given chance to make Infertility treatment available at a national level. All we need to do is send an email to The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting they include the treatment of Infertility within their proposed Essential Health Benefits. We are realistic, due to a lack of public knowledge; this is an “uphill battle”. This is why everyone needs to participate and fight for equality today....more
Obtaining health insurance in the current market is particularly difficult for young adults since many health insurers drop dependents from their parents' plans once they turn 19, or graduate from high school or college. Add to this the fact that many twenty-somethings are beginning their careers in low-paying, entry-level jobs which do not provide health care benefits, and it’s easy to see why nearly one in three young adults is uninsured. However, with the passage of the health reform bill, this statistic is set to change.