Christian Torres

New Ads Promote Health Law’s Preventive Benefits

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They aren’t campaign ads, but two new television commercials from the Obama administration that promote the president’s health law may also be boosting its image. The ads, which began airing this summer, tout the law’s preventive services benefits, including coverage of vaccinations, mammograms and other screenings. For many people, these services will now be available through […]

Notre Dame On-Campus Retail Clinic Opens, But Without Birth Control

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Retail clinics are spreading across the country, offering their services at an increasing number of locations in stores and business offices. But a just-opened clinic at the University of Notre Dame could signal a new direction: setting up shop at academic centers. Walgreens partnered with Notre Dame to open an on-campus wellness center for employees last week. […]

Morning Joe’s Scarborough ‘Confesses’ His Son Benefits From Health Law

KFF Health News Original Push aside that cup of coffee and check this out: TV personality and former House Republican Joe Scarborough revealed this morning that his 24-year-old son is among those benefiting from the health law. Scarborough, a small-government conservative who has criticized presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for being the “the godfather of Obamacare,” was wrapping […]

Report: Nation Isn’t Ready To Meet Elderly Patients’ Mental Health Care Needs

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The U.S. is not prepared for the mental health needs of aging baby boomers, according an Institute of Medicine report released Tuesday. A continued lack of specialists and other trained providers including primary care physicians and nurses will likely make it difficult for aging patients to receive treatment for depression, dementia and other conditions. In […]

Marketing Mavens Offer Advice On Handling Health Law Messaging

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By Sarah Barr, Matthew Fleming, Shefali S. Kulkarni, David Schultz and Christian Torres The reviews and polls are already starting to come in: The Supreme Court’s ruling last week did not have an immediate significant effect on public opinion of the health law. But that doesn’t mean that supporters and opponents won’t continue to try to shape […]

Report: Spending On Children’s Care Rose Because Of Higher Prices

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Health care spending is growing significantly faster for children than for adults, and a new report finds that that’s largely because of price increases. From 2007 through 2010, per capita spending for children covered by an employer-sponsored plan increased 18.6 percent to slightly more than $2,100 a year. Also during the four years, the average cost of […]

Obama Administration Finds 3.1 Million Young Adults Gained Coverage Under Law

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More than 3 million young adults have gained insurance coverage under the health law, according to the latest government estimate. Obama administration officials touted the benefit Tuesday as an example of how the law is making a difference. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on its fate this month. “3.1 million [young adults] now […]

Team USA Goes For The Gold

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For the first time, the U.S. Olympic Committee is digitizing health records for the athletes who will be competing in London. Some say this step is a sign that electronic medical records are finally catching up to the demands of specialized health care.

Report: Health Spending Will Climb To Nearly One-Fifth Of GDP

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National health spending will account for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. economy in 2021, according to updated estimates from the federal government. Actuaries from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported their annual projections in the journal Health Affairs on Tuesday. The actuaries estimate that health spending will account for 19.6 percent of the […]

Survey: Young Adults Don’t Necessarily Fit ‘Young Invincible’ Stereotype

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Young adults’ insurance coverage has significantly improved since the passage of the health law, but this trend could be derailed by the Supreme Court’s much-anticipated ruling on the law, expected this month. One of the law’s most popular provisions requires insurers to cover people up to age 26 on their parents’ policies.  Roughly 6.6 million […]

Sebelius Tells Georgetown Students To Follow Their ‘Own Moral Compass’

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About 200 students earned degrees this year from Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, but most of the attention at Friday’s graduation ceremony was focused on one person: Kathleen Sebelius. The Health and Human Services Secretary gave commencement remarks – with only one major interruption – to a largely supportive audience. In her speech, Sebelius didn’t directly address […]

Obama Administration: A Plan To Prevent Alzheimer’s By 2025

KFF Health News Original The Obama administration is moving forward with an ambitious, fast-moving agenda to improve the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and unlock a method to prevent it by 2025. The final draft of the plan, released today, also sets up a wide-ranging effort to improve the care that Alzheimer’s patients receive and support families. As many […]

Rivlin On Medicare And The Debt: ‘We Know What To Do’

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Whoever ends up controlling the White House next year – Barack Obama or Mitt Romney — will have to make compromises if they are to solve the nation’s current budget and health care crises. “I think we know what to do,” Alice Rivlin, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, said Friday afternoon as […]

What Is The Future Of Health Care? Watson Has An Answer

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IBM’s Watson frequently had the right answer when the supercomputer competed on Jeopardy last year. Now, the nation’s second largest health insurer is hoping it will have the right diagnosis and treatment for patients. Representatives from IBM and Wellpoint discussed their developing partnership at a Friday Capitol Hill event. The tech company aims to make […]

Survey: Key Groups Unaware Of Health Law Benefits

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Despite the millions of people who have gained insurance coverage as a result of the health law, a survey released Thursday shows outreach efforts for two popular provisions are missing key parts of their target audience. TABLE.khntable { PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 300px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; PADDING-TOP: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; […]

Wash. Abortion Coverage Bill Placed On Hold

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A bill that would require insurers to cover abortion services is off the table this year in Washington state. A special session of the Washington legislature ended Wednesday without the Reproductive Parity Act reaching a vote. The bill would require private insurers that provide maternity coverage to also cover abortion. Advocates now hope to reintroduce […]