Archive for December 2011

Fewer Americans get health insurance through job

Employer-sponsored coverage is growing more expensive and covering less. From AMA-ASSN.org – Findings by the Commonwealth Fund and polling by Gallup show that fewer workers are getting health insurance, and those who have it are paying more for less. Polling released in November by Gallup showed the smallest percentage of American adults covered by employer-sponsored…

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We Need Your Support!

At Healthcare-NOW!, daily letters, emails, and phone calls remind us that the healthcare crisis continues. Vanessa, before becoming our Director of Organizing, joined Healthcare-NOW! in 2005. “Suffering from a chronic illness,” says Vanessa, “I tried hard to find health insurance in the public and private markets, but was always turned down. Meanwhile, I got sicker.…

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Un-Happy Holidays for Seniors and the Disabled – Here’s Your Donut

by Donna Smith – It isn’t sugar plums dancing in their dreams for America’s seniors and disabled who are covered by the Medicare program. It’s donuts. Donut holes into which many fall at this time of the year as they reach the maximum limits of the first tier of “Part D” prescription drug benefits. I…

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Mass. Legislature Considers Eldridge Single-Payer Healthcare Bill

From nashobapublishing.com – Legislation would “dramatically reduce” health care costs, improve access to care BOSTON — Touting dramatic reductions in health care costs, improved access to health care for all residents, and a boost to local businesses, state Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and state Rep. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), along with health care advocates, providers, employers,…

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Speakout lets locals voice views on health care

From Gainesville.com – Dr. Lynn Chacko put her money where her philosophy is. Chacko told those gathered at a speakout on health care Saturday that she gave up a profitable job as a private physician in South Florida to work for the Veterans Administration in Gainesville. “I had a wonderful group of patients, but I…

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Health Reform Devolves Into ‘Unaffordable Under-Insurance’

From In These Times – Healthcare reform in the shape of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) was supposed to relieve working Americans of the burdens of rising healthcare costs as they struggle to survive the jobless recovery. Instead, working Americans are being confronted with the emergence of a new stage in America’s downward…

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Students Occupy for Health Justice

By Danielle Alexander for AMSA On Call blog – I met a patient last week who stopped taking her antidepressant medications because she had been denied long-term health insurance and thought it would improve her chances of eligibility. Unfortunately this obviously wasn’t in the best interest of her health. I had another patient who presented…

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Video: Health costs killing us

From Newsday – Imagine a health insurance system with runaway costs, millions left without coverage, administrative headaches galore and unhealthier people than in many other countries spending less. Actually, you don’t have to bother imagining such a system. You’re already living with it. And it’s bankrupting our country. Curing the ills of our health care…

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House Dems look to exempt Medicare from automatic spending cuts

From the Hill – While some Republicans are taking heat for seeking to mitigate $600 billion in sequestration cuts to the Defense Department, a handful of House Democrats this week put forward their own proposal to spare Medicare from spending cuts triggered by the August debt deal. Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) introduced H.R. 3519, along…

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