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The summer after he graduated from college, Kalwis Lo learned he had stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system. His private health insurance plan denied him coverage for treatment, claiming the cancer diagnosis was a “pre-existing condition.” Every major private health plan turned him away. His family was forced to dip into their savings and ask friends and family for help to cover the cost of his testing and chemotherapy treatments. His family faced financial strain until Kalwis discovered that the Affordable Care Act created a temporary program for anyone denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. He enrolled in the program and that fall, Kalwis was able to get the treatment he needed and today is cancer-free.
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we can also commemorate a significant milestone on our journey toward health equity.
One year after Dr. King displayed the power of perseverance and partnership in a five-day march from Montgomery to Selma, he delivered a speech in Chicago
at the annual meeting of the Medical Committee for Human Rights. In that speech he linked the quest for equality to health care, saying: “Of all the forms
of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
Ever feel like the holiday season goes by in one hectic blur, leaving you exhausted and in need of some R&R? We often give so much to others that we
neglect to take care of ourselves. This year, in between the school recital, the office party and the trip to visit family, slow down and take a few
minutes to give yourself something special – the gift of health care – and get covered.
To reach more Americans across the country with important information for how to get health care coverage for 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced new public and private partnerships during the early weeks of Open Enrollment.
Last week, the department launched the
first-of-its-kind partnership between HHS and the electronic cash transactions company PayNearMe to
reach financially underserved and other cash-preferring consumers.
Winter made an early appearance this Thanksgiving, bringing snow and cold to a large swath of the country. Cooler temperatures – a reminder to bundle up and add layers – should also be a reminder to get vaccinated against seasonal flu. Coming down with the flu is more than an inconvenience. It can result in lost work days and wages, unnecessary medical bills and, at its most extreme, life threatening complications. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pockets of the U.S. are already seeing an uptick in influenza activity.
If you live with HIV or AIDS or you know someone who does, you know how important it is to stay healthy. As we work together toward a healthy, AIDS-free generation, World AIDS Day is a great time to highlight some recent changes to health insurance and new opportunities for persons living with HIV/AIDS to get covered, get care, and stay healthy. Coverage is more affordable and complete because of benefits such as:
Earnest, 59, and Sharon, 57, have been married 22 years. This is their story about what getting coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace meant to them.
Earnest: In July 2013, my wife Sharon was diagnosed with both lung and breast cancer. My immediate thought was that I would need to resign from my job as a vice president for sales of an education company in order to become a full-time caregiver.
With just two days to go until the start of Open Enrollment, I want to share with you what we've been doing at the Department of Health and Human Services to expand access to quality, affordable coverage to more people and to lay the groundwork for a successful Open Enrollment.
When President Obama founded the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG) within the first two months of taking office, he charged us with working to address inequalities and barriers facing women and girls in our schools, workplaces, and throughout American life. And as women’s role in society and our economy continues to evolve and grow, so too has the importance of ensuring that all women and girls succeed, including women and girls of color who often face compounded disparities.