Focus on Mental Health in New HHS Budget

Secretary of Health and Human services Kathleen Sebelius announced the department’s 2014 budget today, with strong support for mental health and anti-gun violence services. Flanked by a dozen agency heads, including CDC, NIH, Indian Health, and Department of Aging,  Sebelius discussed the need to balance fiscal responsibility with ensuring the nation’s health and scientific leadership. […]

Higher Premiums for Unhealthy Lifestyles – Fair?

Should people with bad health habits pay more for insurance? A new report by ehealth.com, the nation’s largest private online health insurance exchange, says that many already do. Their just-released Smoking Status and Body Mass Index Relative to Individual Health Insurance Premiums found that obese people are charged average of 22 percent more in health premiums, and […]