National

Poll: Most Say Obamacare Working

(CNN) – More than half of Americans believe that they or others are better off with Obamacare, a new poll shows. The CNN poll released Wednesday found that 18 percent of respondents said they or their family had benefited from the health care law, while an additional Read More

Health

Sebelius: 7.5 Million Now Signed Up

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Enrollment for the president’s health care law has grown to 7.5 million Americans, the Obama administration announced Thursday, handing President Barack Obama and the Democrats bigger coverage numbers to tout in the face of election-year attacks. Sign-ups for Read More

Religion

These Claims Shouldn’t Have a Prayer

[Los Angeles Times] Are secular, for-profit corporations free to violate the rights of their employees by claiming that the law violates their corporate religious conscience? That’s the big question at the heart of the two blockbuster challenges to a key provision of Obamacare that will be heard Read More

Health

Good Health Should Be a New Year’s Resolution for All African-Americans

by Michael A. LeNoir, M.D., President, National Medical Association Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Michael A. LeNoir, M.D., President of the National Medical Association Good health should be on minds of everyone, especially African-Americans, at the beginning of this New Year. Whether Read More

Health

Insurance Plan for Sickest Gets Another Extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurance companies can no longer turn away people with medical problems, but the Obama administration isn’t taking any chances with thousands of vulnerable patients in a special federal program. The administration announced Tuesday it is granting a two-month extension for the Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Fighting Poverty on Two Fronts

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a war on poverty.  Appalled by the way too many Americans lived, he empowered federal workers to develop and implement programs that created jobs, health care, housing and legal assistance.  Some Read More

Politics

Analysis: Republicans Plan 2014 Campaign Around Obamacare Chaos

(Reuters) – Just a few short weeks ago, Republican elders could only hope that time would make voters forget about the government shutdown the party engineered in October. Now, with millions of Americans in an uproar over health insurance policies canceled because of President Barack Obama’s health care law, Read More

Politics

White House Releasing Health Enrollments Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will release the first round of health insurance enrollment numbers Wednesday afternoon. Officials have been lowering expectations for the numbers, given the widespread technical issues with the sign-up website. The tightly held numbers are believed to amount to only Read More

Health

Subtle Racism Damages Health

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “My office says my name, Rachel, on the door. I am the only one who sits in it. People constantly walk in, see me, and say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry…I’m looking for Rachel.’ I’m half black.” “Upon Read More

Health

Obamacare Glitches Still Plague Health Exchanges

[CNBC] Hurry up and wait—for your Obamacare health insurance. Two days after Tuesday’s launch of government-run health insurance marketplaces, technological problems continue to prevent many people from checking out prices and enrolling via the online sites. The lags and service suspensions—which the marketplaces attribute primarily Read More

Health

California Says Mandate Delay Won’t Affect Healthcare Exchange

[Los Angeles Times] California officials predict that the one-year reprieve for large employers from the federal healthcare law’s penalties won’t affect the rollout of a new state-run insurance market next year. The one-year delay announced late Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury Department lifts a requirement that companies Read More

Health

Obamacare starts in 99 days. These 99 things need to happen before then.

[The Washington Post] Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Health Disparities: A Function of Assets, Access and Attitudes

by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Last week, I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly-established center at George Washington University is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, D.C.  This is an important effort because Washington is such a Read More

Politics

Medicaid Disconnect between Leaders and Voters in South

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As more and more provisions of the Affordable Care Act roll out, the disconnect between what leaders in pockets of the country want for their constituents and what the citizens actually want becomes more clear –and Read More

National

Race Activists Claim Past to Improve the Future

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent ASHVILLE, N.C. (NNPA) – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded $75 million in grants for a 5-year project called the American Healing Initiative. But in an unusual and unexpected move, the foundation assembled some of the grantees here recently Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: Expanding Medicaid Crucial for Economy, Health

  By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   Recently, 400,000 poor and underserved Louisianans, many them people of color, were shut out of potentially life-saving health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A Louisiana House health committee voted down a measure that would have forced Read More