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Health Insurance for Kids Easier Than You Think

December 20, 2010
When Los Angeles single mother of two, "Nadia," learned that close to 5 million children actually qualified for free or heavily-reduced health insurance and didn’t have it, she was astounded. "I don’t understand that," she said. "It’s an easy program to understand. It really isn’t complicated at...
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Breastfeeding and Work- Finally!

December 17, 2010
Progressives have always had mixed emotions about breastfeeding. We support a healthy diet and natural living, and breastfeeding is as natural as it gets. We also have a low tolerance for chemical additives, including those found in infant formula. On the other hand, breastfeeding has been used to...
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This holiday season, I am thankful for ACA & NJ FMLA Legislation

December 17, 2010
Can breastfeeding, working moms expect legislation to support her lactation needs? The answer is “yes” thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that President Obama signed on March 23rd, 2010. Federal Health Reform and Nursing Mothers President Obama signed the Patient Protection...

Health Question of the Week: What is the future for the doughnut hole for medication for people on Medicare?

December 16, 2010
Answer: When the Medicare Part D prescription drug program was created, it included a gap in coverage known as the “doughnut hole.” The basic Part D benefit charges a deductible and 25 percent coinsurance for prescription drugs up to an initial coverage limit (in 2010, that’s the first $2,840 in...

Making the Grade on Women's Health

December 1, 2010
By Judy Waxman , Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights National Women's Law Center Are women in America healthier than they were 10 years ago? Which state and federal policies can help improve women’s health? Join the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 1...
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No Cookies 2 my Kid. Community Prevention 4evR

December 1, 2010
If Sarah Palin had shown up at the door of my son’s kindergarten class with fresh baked cookies, he would have been at the front of the line. And I wouldn’t have been able to do a thing about it. Like most parents, I work full time, and I depend on my school—and its food policies—to protect my son’s health when I’m not around.

Health Reform Question of the Week: When will protections for those of us with pre-existing conditions kick in?

November 18, 2010
Question: I currently have a pre-existing condition. When will insurance companies be prohibited from denying coverage and charging exorbitant premiums to people with pre-existing conditions? Answer: An end to insurance company discrimination against adults with pre-existing conditions will be...

Show Me the Mandate

November 12, 2010
Despite millions of dollars being poured into anti-health reform advertisements and mailings, the poll did not find a mandate for action one way or another. The poll also found that several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act remain very popular, even among those who support repeal of all or parts of the law.
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U.S. Medical Culture Must Transform, says AAMC President

November 11, 2010
Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., President of the Association of American Medical Colleges, called for American medical schools to lead a transformation of American medicine, during a speech given at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine convention, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Marco Island, Florida. “This...
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Get the FACTS on Fast Food

November 8, 2010
Today, the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University released Fast Food FACTS , a comprehensive study of fast-food nutrition and marketing to youths. There are a couple of findings that are particularly striking to me—as a mom, as a doctor and as someone who’s working to improve...