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Will You Be Helped by the New High-Risk Health Pools?

Trudy Lieberman | May 26, 2010

The new health reform law is what I like to call an 'over-the-line proposition' because undoubtedly, someone is going to be left out. ' What passed the Congress will not bring universal health coverage to America; nor does it assure that everyone is entitled to health care as a matter of right.' It simply adds more people to the current system by giving them subsidies to buy insurance they couldn't otherwise afford.' In such a system, there will always be people over the line'they won't qualify for this subsidy or that program either because the government limits its spending on them, or it wants to encourage people to use private insurance to keep those markets strong.

Participate in My Care? Room for Improvement

Jessie Gruman | May 20, 2010

The Center for Advancing Health, just released A Snapshot of People's Engagement in Their Health Care, a study that found that most of us do relatively little to participate in our health care.

Our Shopping Problem

Jessie Gruman | May 17, 2010

Apparently, borrowers who obtained a home loan in the last five years spent five hours researching a mortgage, half the amount of time they spent researching a car and the same amount of time they spent researching a vacation, according to a study reported in The New York Times on Saturday.

Access to Health Insurance Is Just a Start

Kalahn Taylor Clark | May 7, 2010

In May 2009, my 61 year old mother, who lives in Maine, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. My proud mother worked hard every day of her life as a cleaning person to provide me the best education, often bartering with clients so that she could provide dental or eye care or other services for me while I was growing up.

Sorting Through the Promise of Alzheimer's Research

Gail Hunt | May 5, 2010

Greetings from the National Alliance for Caregiving! Last week I participated in a very interesting panel on Preventing Alzheimer's and Cognitive Decline. It was a pleasure for me to meet and confer with expert academics and clinicians on' this emerging field of research.

In a Hospital and Concerned About Quality?

Carol Cronin | May 3, 2010

Your mother is in the hospital. The nurse comes in to give her a drug. You ask what drug it is and it's something to which she's allergic a fact noted on the long list of things you had to provide at admission. The nurse apologizes profusely and gets a substitute drug for her. The next day about the same time, a different nurse comes in to give your mother a drug. Again, you ask and again it is the wrong drug.