Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Congresswoman Waters Recognizes World AIDS Day 2018

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…we still face unprecedented challenges in our struggle against HIV/AIDS. …Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans have debated proposals to slash funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts and take health insurance away from millions of Americans, including those who are living with HIV/AIDS and other pre-existing conditions.” […read more]

Greene County Democrat

Alabama Hospital Association highlights importance of expanding Medicaid

GREENE COUNTY DEMOCRAT — “In Greene County because we are a poor county, one in three patients do not have any insurance, which means we provide an average of $100,000 in uncompensated care per month. Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would help people in our county whose earn less than 138% of poverty (approximately $20,000 annual for a family of four) to secure affordable health insurance coverage,” said Dr. Marcia Pugh, Administrator of the Greene County Health System. […read more]

No Picture
Op-Ed

Report Card on Black America

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Some might think the annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage the U.S. Census Bureau released last week had a distinctly repetitive tone to it. Albeit with a few exceptions, the words “not statistically significant” aptly fit 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

No Picture
Op-Ed

Health Crisis is Real

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   My friend is awaiting health insurance.  This is not academic.  She’s afraid that she might have cancer. Think about what it says about a society that someone concerned about a serious illness has to wait to see 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

Health

Medicaid Expansion Can Aid African Americans, Report Says

[Hattiesburg American] WASHINGTON – About six out of 10 uninsured African Americans may be eligible for free or greatly reduced health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to a new report the government issued Tuesday. The announcement comes as the Obama administration continues Read More

Health

New Rule Demands Parity for Mental Health Coverage

KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s final: Health insurance companies must cover mental illness and substance abuse just as they cover physical diseases. The Obama administration issued new regulations Friday that spell out how a 5-year-old mental health parity law will be administered. 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

Insurance Markets Open To Surge Of New Customers

CHICAGO (AP) – The online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul struggled to handle the wave of new consumers Tuesday, the first day of a six-month open-enrollment period. A combination of high demand and technical glitches seemed 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

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