Surprise Benefit of Obamacare: Less Spending

Amanda WhelanMarch 7, 20131 min read
On March 7th, Kathleen Sebelius of Health and Human Services announced that there has been a slowdown in medical spending since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare, Sebelius said, is due the credit for increased efficiency and slowed medical spending growth. “The health care law’s push for coordinated […]

Competing Nurse Ratio Laws Face Off in D.C.

adminFebruary 26, 20136 min read
Federal, state, and local governments regulate many aspects of health care. However, it is physicians, nurses, and other health professionals that provide care directly to patients.  The ever growing demands of an aging population have led to overfilled hospitals, struggling to avoid turning away patients, with some nurses caring for […]

Colorado Suffers From Huge Health Gap

Amanda WhelanJanuary 25, 20132 min read
In Colorado, a Latino baby is 63% more likely to die in the first year of life than a white baby. The mortality rate for black babies is more than 3 times the rate of white babies. The mortality rate for white babies in Colorado is lower than the national […]

Connecticut To Improve Mental Health Support in Public Schools

Amanda WhelanJanuary 23, 20132 min read
Since the Newtown shooting, the national discourse on mental health and treatment has been at the forefront of political interest. Connecticut is currently reviewing a chance to improve mental health policies in public schools. While President Obama is developing a plan to provide $15 million for training school teachers and […]

Anti-Trans Insurance Policies Banned in Oregon

Amanda WhelanJanuary 13, 20133 min read
It was announced on December 19, 2012 by the Oregon Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services that private health insurance companies could no longer discriminate against trans policy holders. Transgender advocates have been lauding the regulations, which prohibit denying coverage of hormone therapy, hysterectomies, mastectomies, and […]