Better Insurance Value
Health insurance costs a lot. What drives that cost, and who gets all that money? New requirements make sure more of your insurance dollar is spent on care, but that’s not the only cost driver.
- Capitol Hill hears tales of our broken health-care system
Catherine Howard, a 31-year old breast cancer survivor from San Francisco, and Dave Penkava, a 64-year old from Asheboro, N.C., came to Washington to add their voices to the intensifying health care debate. Read more about their visit here, as well as the release of a new Commonwealth Fund report supporting a national health insurance exchange where Americans would choose from competing plans, comparing on an “apples-to-apples” basis, and picking the one that works best for them. The report also includes an analysis of the ‘public plan option,’ showing it would help lower costs and provide a reliable option that could give Americans better care.
- Cancer survivor never dreamed she’d be an activist
Mary Defayette, a breast cancer survivor from Eagle, Idaho, told Consumers Union that despite her need for follow-up treatment and costly prescriptions – and the haunting fear of a relapse – the $8,500 annual cost of her health insurance finally forced her to drop her coverage. For the first time in her life, she is uninsured.
This week, Mary told her story to the press, and members of Congress, too.
- In the Health Insurance Industry We Trust?
The health insurance industry has been making a lot of promises lately. They promise not to deny anyone coverage, if the government requires everyone buy insurance from them. They promise to end their discriminatory practice of charging women higher premiums than men, or charging sick people more than healthy folks. And now their latest promise – not to hike costs on customers quite as much as they have in the past.
- What will they think up next?
I’d say you’re not going to believe this, but then again, it’s not exactly news that some in the health insurance industry will do whatever it takes to keep their profits –which in this case apparently includes running a fake grassroots campaign.
- National Small Business Association welcomes health reform
The National Small Business Association launched its new campaign for health reform with a new poll and statistics about the dire state of coverage for small employers and their employees. But not all small businesses have the same take on reform.
- What does a mother do? Organize!
What does a mother do after her son dies? If she’s Leslie Boyd she starts an advocacy organization to push for changes that will help keep other mothers from experiencing the pain of losing a child due to a lack of health insurance.
- Our activists speak out at President’s health care forums
“I don’t mind working, I’ve worked for 50 years and I’ll work for many more,” Dave Penkava told an audience at the Greensboro regional health forum, one of five forums commissioned by the White House to hear from people across the country with a stake in reforming our health care system. He described how he’s been forced to work past retirement and Medicare eligibility age because his wife is a few years younger and has a chronic condition with severe pain.
- White House goes on the road to hear heath care concerns
Vermonters, joined by New Englanders from neighboring states, convened in Burlington, VT Tuesday to share their opinions on our health care system with the White House – and you can too in upcoming weeks if you live in (or near) Iowa, North Carolina or California.
- Health care summit’s openness, inclusiveness, good sign that we may get real change
Today’s health care summit at the White House was unique for what it wasn’t – it wasn’t a closed-door, back-room meeting between wheelers and dealers plotting out what Americans are going to get when it comes to their health care. It was an inclusive, open-door exchange of ideas where folks from across the health spectrum – doctors to insurance companies to politicians to patients – got a chance to talk about what they hope our health care system will become.
- Here comes the opposition to health reform, right on cue and right back to scare tactics
As leaders gather Thursday in the White House to flesh out proposals to get more Americans affordable health coverage, they’ll be greeted in part by a Bronx cheer – a new round of radio and TV ads aimed at defeating their work.