Massachusetts: Getting a Head Start on the Affordable Care Act

Now that the biggest challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been overcome, it's up to the states to comply with the law. One state that knows a little about health care reform is Massachusetts, which has had mandatory health insurance since 2006. However, state officials say that despite the head start, there are still improvements to come thanks to the ACA.


Congratulations, President Obama, and Thank You, Dr. Kevin Fenton

Buried amid the wonderful news of the re-election of President Barack Obama and the glorious pomp and ceremony of his inauguration is the sad news of the departure of Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., from his post as director of the CDC's National Center on HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Dr. Fenton is a proud, openly gay Black man who spent the last seven years leading that billion dollar center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He left his position on Dec. 21, 2012, to head a new, national public health agency in the United Kingdom. All African Americans concerned about HIV/AIDS should note his departure as we celebrate President Obama's second inauguration.


Pew Online Health 2013 Report

Earlier this week, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released their 2013 Health Report which provides us with information about how people are going online to access health information. Pew found that one in three American adults have gone online to learn more about a medical condition.


Who Knew? Patients’ Share Of Health Spending Is Shrinking

Consumer-driven medical spending may be the second-biggest story in health care, after the Affordable Care Act. As employers give workers more "skin in the game" through higher costs from purse and paycheck, the thinking goes, they'll seek more efficient treatment and hold down overall spending.

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