Universal coverage and controlling costs – health priorities for President Obama

The most important elements of the economic stimulus package for health would be investing in health information technology, providing COBRA funding assistance for recently laid-off workers, and allowing unemployed Americans access to a public health insurance program. In the longer-run, getting to universal coverage while controlling costs and improving quality and efficiency should be the […]

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Health disparities: options for getting even

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” So spoke Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1967 — one year before his assassination.   In this week that’s sure to be inspirational and aspirational, I ponder Dr. King […]

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Prospects for health reform – the economy both drives and splits consensus

The economy, the economy, and the economy — and a dash of Iraq and health care — are on American citizens’ minds when it comes to what they want President Obama to address when he takes office.Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have come together once again — as […]

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Job losses, uninsurance and underinsurance

“People who are underinsured end up facing almost identical problems as the uninsured. The difference is, they paid for the privilege.”This observation by Karen Pollitz, director of the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, is a harbinger of what will happen very quickly among workers in the U.S. in 2009 — employed and laid-off.Three pieces […]

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How the new economy can motivate health engagement — for the better

There are ten New Rules of health engagement, according to the health communications guress Nancy Turett at Edelman:1 Provide deep content.2 Be transparent.3 Inform in real time.4 Participate actively in conversations across multiple channels.5 Engage in prevention, chronic health problems and access to health care.6 Take a holistic approach to health and well-being.7 Address people’s […]

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