Like many franchisees, Robert U. Mayfield, who owns five Dairy Queens in and around Austin, Tex., is always eager to expand and — no surprise — has had his eyes on opening a sixth DQ. But he said concerns about the new federal health care law had persuaded him to hold off.
If you think that the Affordable Care Act has surmounted all of the major legal attacks its opponents could come up with, think again. Critics of the federal health law have only begun to fight, although most of their battles are decidedly uphill.
Aetna Inc. (AET) and other insurers that initially fought President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul are reversing course and supporting the effort by funding a group planning to spend $100 million to help the uninsured get coverage under the law.
Medicine, today, is supposed to be “patient-centered.” But sometimes the patients feel a little off balance. What can they do when everyone seems to be trying to push aggressive, expensive treatments on them? One solution — or a partial solution — is known as shared decision making, in which patients are given specific tools, such as easy-to-understand videos laying out the pros and cons of treatment choices, to help them make decisions along with their doctors.
Cancer strikes without regard to political parties. Over time, one in two men and one in three women will hear the dreaded words, “You have cancer.” In fact, 75 percent of households will find themselves caring for a cancer patient at some point during their lives. No matter their political persuasion, cancer patients and caregivers will benefit from the next stages of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation.
Los Angeles County’s health system faces millions in lost funds and closures of hospitals or clinics if large scale changes to implement the Affordable Care Act are not made in the next year, or in some cases within three months, according to a report expected to be presented to the county Board of Supervisors next week.
Now that President Obama has won a second term, the federal Affordable Care Act is going full steam ahead. Millions of uninsured Californians stand to benefit in 2014. But many people harbor concerns about how the plan will help immigrants and others outside the national mainstream.
Before you can improve the health of a community, you need to understand its problems. So when Tuolumne, a small county in central California that includes parts of Yosemite National Park, was awarded a $237,000-a-year federal grant last year from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (part of a $5.9 million grant for small and rural counties in California administered by the nonprofit Public Health Institute), the first step Health Officer Todd Stolp took was to dive into existing data. The second was to gather his own.
California’s largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing scrutiny from regulators and the ire of consumers already struggling with soaring premiums.
The scope of American health care will change completely once President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is implemented. The premise of the new law will require employers to provide health insurance for their full-time employees.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court rectified an oversight Monday and gave a Baptist university in Virginia a chance to argue in a lower court two claims that were not considered in June when the justices upheld President Obama’s healthcare law.
A rapidly emerging health care delivery system that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality and rein in costs is serving “roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population,” according to a new report.
A hot topic in the U.S. and the world at large right now is fighting the high cost of healthcare. In the United States, a polarizing issue is the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” There are many people up in arms about the future of healthcare in America. There are many components of the Affordable Care Act that are widely misunderstood by many citizens. Here’s a look at five things you need to know about Obamacare, and why it’s not as scary as you think.