Tag: affordable care act

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Health

Improving health literacy online and in libraries

PROVIDING INFORMATION—David Smith, center, with Independence Blue Cross (IBC) discusses the opening health insurance exchange and provides information on health care reform to George Allen Oct. 1, 2013, at IBC’s mobile education and enrollment center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Everyone should have reliable resources to make informed health decisions. If you are interested in locating health information that you can trust, try using MedlinePlus. MedlinePlus is a free Web site offered by the National Institutes of Health. The National Library of Medicine produces this site, using easy-to-understand information. The site has reliable, updated information about diseases, health conditions and general wellness tips.

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Opinion

Patience, Obamacare will work

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, self-employed photographer Michael Weaver works the sidelines of a high school football game in Jerseyville, Ill. It took him about a week and a half, but Weaver kept going back to the healthcare.gov website until he opened an account and applied for a tax credit that will reduce his health care premiums. “We need to stop the arguing and move forward to make it work,” he says. In his mid-50s, with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, but otherwise good health, Weaver said those conditions made it hard for him to get coverage previously. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas) by Sally Kohn (CNN) — You know what’s relatively easy? Fixing a website. You know what’s really hard? Ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for every single American and improving our broken health care system in the process. In the back-and-forth about the Obamacare exchange websites, let’s not lose sight of the ultimate goal of health care reform — a goal that, even with the exchanges problems, we are steadily achieving.

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Opinion

The truth about Obamacare from FactCheck.org

GEORGE E. CURRY (NNPA)—Major provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect on Tuesday and, like all new programs, there was a certain amount of uncertainty and confusion. But making things worse are the deliberate lies that have been told by what some call Obamacare.

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Metro

Medicaid expansion blocked by Pennsylvania House

MEDICAID EXPANSION – Uninsured Pennsylvanians descended on Representative Mike Turzai’s office. On July 3, a group of uninsured Pittsburgh residents held a demonstration outside of House Majority Leader Mike Turzai’s office to decry the House of Representatives’ actions to block the expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania. The group of demonstrators from Faces of Medicaid called on Turzai (R-Allegheny) to offer an alternative to the federally funded expansion they say would provide coverage for thousands of Pennsylvanians.