12 million+ gained Medicaid coverage under ObamaCare

05/02/2015

Almost 12 million gained Medicaid coverage under ObamaCare

5/01/15 05:22 PM EDT By Peter Sullivan – TheHIll

More than 11.7 million more people have health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance through ObamaCare, new data show.

The new report from the Obama administration shows that as of the end of February, there were over 11.7 million more people enrolled in the programs compared to the period before October 2013, when ObamaCare’s coverage expansion went into effect.

The numbers come on top of another 11.7 million people who signed up for private insurance through the law’s marketplaces.

About 560,000 additional people were enrolled compared to the end of January.

ObamaCare expanded eligibility for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, up to 138 percent of the poverty line, which is about $33,000 for a family of four.

For more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/240838-almost-12-million-gained-medicaid-coverage-under-obamacare

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a federal statute that was signed into United States law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. This Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (signed into law on March 30, 2010) made up the health care reform of 2010. The laws focus on reform of the private health insurance market, provide better coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, improve prescription drug coverage in Medicare and extend the life of the Medicare Trust fund by at least 12 years.

PPACA passed the Senate on December 24, 2009, by a vote of 60–39 with all Democrats and Independents voting for, and all Republicans voting against. It passed the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010, by a vote of 219–212, with all 178 Republicans and 34 Democrats voting against the bill.

On June 28, 2012 Supreme Court Decision: Health Care Law Constitutional

Obamacare’s projected cost falls due to lower premiums under health care law, CBO says

March 9 2015 at 11:56 AM By Max Ehrenfreund – washingtonpost

The estimated cost of President Obama’s signature health care law is continuing to fall.

The Congressional Budget Office announced on Monday that the Affordable Care Act will cost $142 billion, or 11 percent, less over the next 10 years, compared to what the agency had projected in January.

The nonpartisan agency said the Affordable Care Act will cost less for two essential reasons. The first, and most significant, is that health insurance premiums are rising more slowly, and thus requires less of a government subsidy.

In addition, slightly fewer people are now expected to sign up for Medicaid and for subsidized insurance under the law’s marketplaces. That’s because the agency now says that more people than anticipated already had health insurance before the law took effect, and fewer companies than anticipated are canceling coverage. All in all, three million fewer people are expected to sign up for Affordable Care Act provisions by 2025.

Still, by 2025, the CBO estimates “the total number of people who will be uninsured … is now expected to be smaller than previously projected,” because more will have had health insurance to begin with.

All around, it’s positive news for Obama’s law, which has been accused by Republicans of killing jobs and draining federal coffers. Indeed, the CBO itself warned last year the health care law could reduce full time employment as some chose to give up work that provided health care as they relied instead on the government’s subsidies.

For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/09/obamacares-cost-is-falling-as-fewer-receive-coverage-under-health-care-law-cbo-says/?hpid=z1

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What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

What if I have job-based insurance?

How can I get coverage at lower costs?

What do small businesses need to know?

Am I eligible for Medicaid?

What if I’m self-employed?

What if I have a pre-existing condition?

How the Affordable Care Act is helping people in your State

Health Resources and Services Administration app Find a Health Center

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Learn more: https://www.healthcare.gov

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A member of the audience holds a “Thank You” sign during President Barack Obama’s speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform, at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 

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Affordable Care Act – The Core Principle

“We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities. We are a nation that does what is hard. What is necessary. What is right. Here, in this country, we shape our own destiny. That is what we do. That is who we are. That is what makes us the United States of America. And we have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill, the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.”

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— President Barack Obama, March 23, 2010

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World Health Day 2015

04/06/2015

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The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) was  established on 7 April 1948. It is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats.

For more: http://www.who.int/about/en/

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World Health Day 2015: From farm to plate, make food safe

2 APRIL 2015 | GENEVA who.int/en/

New data on the harm caused by foodborne illnesses underscore the global threats posed by unsafe foods, and the need for coordinated, cross-border action across the entire food supply chain, according to WHO, which next week is dedicating its annual World Health Day to the issue of food safety.

World Health Day will be celebrated on 7 April, with WHO highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.”

“Food production has been industrialized and its trade and distribution have been globalized,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “These changes introduce multiple new opportunities for food to become contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals.”

Dr Chan adds: “A local food safety problem can rapidly become an international emergency. Investigation of an outbreak of foodborne disease is vastly more complicated when a single plate or package of food contains ingredients from multiple countries.”

Unsafe food can contain harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, and cause more than 200 diseases – ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Examples of unsafe food include undercooked foods of animal origin, fruits and vegetables contaminated with faeces, and shellfish containing marine biotoxins.

For more: http://who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/food-safety/en/

About FoodSafety.gov

FoodSafety.gov is the gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

According to the Key Findings of the Food Safety Working Group:

“The federal government will enhance http://www.foodsafety.gov to better communicate information to the public and include an improved individual alert system allowing consumers to receive food safety information, such as notification of recalls. Agencies will also use social media to expand public communications.”

Selected Federal Agencies with a Role in Food Safety

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serve important roles in ensuring food safety in the United States. More >

State Agencies

During an investigation of foodborne illness or a recall, federal government agencies may work with state agencies such as the state department of public health. Get information about your state… More >

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Affordable Care Act – The Core Principle

“We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities. We are a nation that does what is hard. What is necessary. What is right. Here, in this country, we shape our own destiny. That is what we do. That is who we are. That is what makes us the United States of America. And we have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill, the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.”

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— President Barack Obama, March 23, 2010

 

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

What if I have job-based insurance?

How can I get coverage at lower costs?

What do small businesses need to know?

Am I eligible for Medicaid?

What if I’m self-employed?

What if I have a pre-existing condition?

How the Affordable Care Act is helping people in your State

Health Resources and Services Administration app Find a Health Center

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ObamaCare – 5th Anniversary

03/24/2015

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a federal statute that was signed into United States law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. This Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (signed into law on March 30, 2010) made up the health care reform of 2010. The laws focus on reform of the private health insurance market, provide better coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, improve prescription drug coverage in Medicare and extend the life of the Medicare Trust fund by at least 12 years.

PPACA passed the Senate on December 24, 2009, by a vote of 60–39 with all Democrats and Independents voting for, and all Republicans voting against. It passed the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010, by a vote of 219–212, with all 178 Republicans and 34 Democrats voting against the bill.

On June 28, 2012 Supreme Court Decision: Health Care Law Constitutional

Obamacare’s projected cost falls due to lower premiums under health care law, CBO says

March 9 at 11:56 AM By Max Ehrenfreund – washingtonpost

The estimated cost of President Obama’s signature health care law is continuing to fall.

The Congressional Budget Office announced on Monday that the Affordable Care Act will cost $142 billion, or 11 percent, less over the next 10 years, compared to what the agency had projected in January.

The nonpartisan agency said the Affordable Care Act will cost less for two essential reasons. The first, and most significant, is that health insurance premiums are rising more slowly, and thus requires less of a government subsidy.

In addition, slightly fewer people are now expected to sign up for Medicaid and for subsidized insurance under the law’s marketplaces. That’s because the agency now says that more people than anticipated already had health insurance before the law took effect, and fewer companies than anticipated are canceling coverage. All in all, three million fewer people are expected to sign up for Affordable Care Act provisions by 2025.

Still, by 2025, the CBO estimates “the total number of people who will be uninsured … is now expected to be smaller than previously projected,” because more will have had health insurance to begin with.

All around, it’s positive news for Obama’s law, which has been accused by Republicans of killing jobs and draining federal coffers. Indeed, the CBO itself warned last year the health care law could reduce full time employment as some chose to give up work that provided health care as they relied instead on the government’s subsidies.

For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/09/obamacares-cost-is-falling-as-fewer-receive-coverage-under-health-care-law-cbo-says/?hpid=z1

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What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

What if I have job-based insurance?

How can I get coverage at lower costs?

What do small businesses need to know?

Am I eligible for Medicaid?

What if I’m self-employed?

What if I have a pre-existing condition?

How the Affordable Care Act is helping people in your State

Health Resources and Services Administration app Find a Health Center

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Learn more: https://www.healthcare.gov

ObamaCare sign up

A member of the audience holds a "Thank You" sign during President Barack Obama's speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform, at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A member of the audience holds a “Thank You” sign during President Barack Obama’s speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform, at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

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Affordable Care Act – The Core Principle

“We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities. We are a nation that does what is hard. What is necessary. What is right. Here, in this country, we shape our own destiny. That is what we do. That is who we are. That is what makes us the United States of America. And we have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill, the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.”

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— President Barack Obama, March 23, 2010

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6th Anniversary of Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells

03/08/2015

Stem cells are cells found in all multi cellular organisms. They are characterized by the ability to renew themselves through mitotic cell division and differentiate into a diverse range of specialized cell types. Research in the stem cell field grew out of findings by Ernest A. McCulloch and James E. Till at the University of Toronto in the 1960s.

Stem cells can now be grown and transformed into specialized cells with characteristics consistent with cells of various tissues such as muscles or nerves through cell culture. Highly plastic adult stem cells from a variety of sources, including umbilical cord blood and bone marrow, are routinely used in medical therapies. Embryonic cell lines and autologous embryonic stem cells generated through therapeutic cloning have also been proposed as promising candidates for future therapies.

Stem cell potential

Source: http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/

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3/9/09 President Obama’s Executive Order Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells

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3/9/09 Fact Sheet on The Presidential Executive Order | The White House

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Key research events

Fact Sheet on Presidential Executive Order | The White House

  • 2011: Israeli scientist Inbar Friedrich Ben-Nun led a team which produced the first stem cells from endangered species, a breakthrough that could save animals in danger of extinction.
  • Mar 8, 2011: Work, in mice and in human cancer cells, provides clues to new therapeutic strategies for cancer, particularly squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common skin cancer, in which epidermal cells don’t stop growing. It could also aid efforts to grow skin grafts and treat burn patients.
  • Apr 2011: A life-saving marrow donor match for 5-year-old boy is found immidiately by matching stem cells person who registred a decade earlier
  • Apr 2011:  Major advance toward regenerative medicine, researchers have for the first time coaxed stem cells from a mammal into becoming an embryonic eye
  • May 9, 2011: Houston veterinarian use stem-cell technology on a dog using patient’s own stem cells to help repair aging joints
  • Jul 7, 2011: 36-year-old man who had tracheal cancer has received a new lab-made windpipe seeded with his own stem cells in a procedure in Sweden
  • Jul 7, 2011: Patients suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and heart disease and their families got good news when a federal judge ruled in favor of the government in a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration’s work to support stem cell research
  • Jan 2012: The human clinical trial of treating type 1 diabetes with lymphocyte modification using Cord Blood-Derived Multipotent Stem Cells (CB-SCs) achieved an improvement of C-peptide levels, reduced the median glycated hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) values, and decreased the median daily dose of insulin in both human patient groups with and without residual beta cell function. Yong Zhao’s Stem Cell Educator Therapy appears “so simple and so safe”
  • Oct 2012: Positions of nucleosomes in mouse embryonic stem cells and the changes in their positions during differentiation to neural progenitor cells and embryonic fibroblasts are determined with single-nucleotide resolution.
  • 2013: First time mice adult cells were reprogrammed into stem cells in vivo.
  • 2013: Scientists at Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University developed a 3D printer that can produce clusters of living human embryonic stem cells, potentially allowing complete organs to be printed on demand in the future.

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Suicide Prevention

02/10/2015

With Help comes HOPENatl Suicide Prevention Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.

History

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA of NYC) launched the Lifeline on January 1, 2005. MHA of NYC’s independent subsidiary, Link2Health Solutions, Inc. (L2HS), the administrator of the grant, works with its partners, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and MHA of NYC to manage the project, along with Living Works, Inc., an internationally respected organization specializing in suicide intervention skills training. The Lifeline is independently evaluated by a federally-funded investigation team from Columbia University’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. L2HS receives ongoing consultation and guidance from national suicide prevention experts, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders through the Lifeline’s Steering Committee, Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee, and Standards, Training and Practices Subcommittee.

Learn more: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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President Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

President Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

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Obama to hold public ceremony for veterans suicide prevention bill

2/09/15 12:09 PM EST By Martin Matishak – TheHill

President Obama on Thursday will sign legislation meant to help prevent suicides among veterans during a public ceremony.

The president will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law in a ceremony from the East Room of the White House, said a spokeswoman for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

The advocacy group had pushed for Congress to pass the bill and had urged Obama to hold a public signing ceremony.
The Senate voted 99-0 to pass the legislation last week; it sailed through the House in a 403-0 vote last month.

The legislation, named after a Marine Corps veteran [Clay Hunt] who took his life after serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, calls for independent audits of suicide-prevention programs in the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments to determine which are successful and which should be eliminated.

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The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act will: 

  • Increase access to menal health care by, amoung other things, creating a peer support and community outreach pilot program to assist transitioning service members as well as a one-stop, interactive website of avaiable resources.
  • Bettter meet the demand for mental hearlth care by stating a pilot program to repay the loan debt of students in psychiatry so itis easier to recruit them to waork at the VA.
  • Boost the accountability of mental health care by requiring an annual evaluation of DOD and VA suicide-prevention practies and programs.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
President Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
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Pres. Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

01/29/2015

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Precision Medicine Initiative

“‘Personalized medicine’ refers to the tailoring of medi- cal treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. It does not literally mean the creation of drugs or medical devices that are unique to a patient but rather the ability to classify individuals into subpopulations that differ in their sus- ceptibility to a particular disease or their response to a specific treatment. Preventive or therapeutic interventions can then be concentrated on those who will benefit, sparing expense and side effects for those who will not.”

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Precision Medicine: Improving Health and Treating Disease

Last night, at his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that he is launching a new precision medicine initiative that will help deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.

Many of you may be wondering: What exactly is “precision medicine,” and how can it transform medicine as it is practiced today?

Today, most medical treatments have been designed for the “average patient.” In too many cases, this “one-size-fits-all” approach isn’t effective, as treatments can be very successful for some patients but not for others. Precision medicine is an emerging approach to promoting health and treating disease that takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles, making it possible to design highly effective, targeted treatments for cancer and other diseases. In short, precision medicine gives clinicians new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best for which patients.

This approach is already saving lives. Bill Elder, one of the First Lady’s guests at the State of the Union last night, was eight years old when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, at a time when patients typically lived until only early adulthood. But in 2012, as a result of a collaborative effort between a patient organization, researchers, and a pharmaceutical company, a new drug was developed that treats the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis in about 4% of patients—those with a particular genetic mutation. Bill was among the 4 percent, and as a result, now looks forward to a long, full life and career as a primary care doctor. His story is a testament to the promise of precision medicine.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/21/precision-medicine-improving-health-and-treating-disease

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“Twenty-first century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development.  I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time.  
 
In some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable.  So tonight, I’m launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes, and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.  We can do this.”

1/20/15 President Barack Obama in his  State of the Union Address

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National Institutes of Health – Precision Medicine

Friday, January 30th
President Obama hosts patients, clinicians, researchers, leaders in government and industry
to announce details of his Precision Medicine Initiative

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Call on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act

01/15/2015

FACT SHEET: White House Unveils New Steps to Strengthen Working Families Across America

Tomorrow, the President will unveil new proposals to strengthen the middle class by giving working families the flexibility to balance their families and jobs and giving all Americans the opportunity to earn sick days.  Building on the steps the Administration announced last year during the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, tomorrow’s announcement includes:

  • Calling on Congress, as well as States and cities, to pass legislation [The Healthy Families Act] that would allow millions of working Americans to earn up to seven days of paid sick time per year;
  • Proposing more than $2 billion in new funds to encourage states to develop paid family and medical leave programs and announcing that the Department of Labor will use $1 million in existing funds to help States and municipalities conduct feasibility studies; and
  • Modernizing the Federal workplace by signing a Presidential Memorandum directing agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave for parents with a new child and calling on Congress to pass legislation giving federal employees an additional six weeks of paid parental leave.

The challenge of balancing work and family has grown as families have shifted so that today in most families all parents work and all parents contribute to caregiving.  Across married and single parent families, all parents are working in more than 60 percent of households with children, up from 40 percent in 1965.  And today, more than 60 percent of women with children under the age of 5 participate in the labor force, compared with around 30 percent in the 1970s.  Yet the fundamental structure of work has not kept pace with the changing American family, and many families are struggling to balance obligations at home and on the job. In fact, the United States remains the only developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave.

That is why the President is announcing additional efforts to help working families that build on the steps he announced at last June’s White House Summit, including support for states to design paid leave programs and a Presidential Memorandum that established a “right to request” flexible workplace arrangements for Federal workers and directed Federal agencies to expand flexible workplace policies to the maximum possible extent. The White House Council on Economic Advisers also released a report (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/leave_report_final.pdf) last June on the economic benefits of paid leave. From increasing the minimum wage, to equal pay for women, to workplace flexibility, to child care, to paid leave – President Obama is taking action on issues that impact America’s working families.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/14/fact-sheet-white-house-unveils-new-steps-strengthen-working-families-acr

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Maternity Leave Law by Countries

The United States it the only developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave.

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