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 […]

Obama 2.0 – What’s next for healthcare?

It’s always exhilarating watching a Presidential inauguration. The pomp and pageantry celebrates more than 200 years of orderly transition of government. Under the mantle of our 44th President, the next four years hold some exciting changes for health care. Here’s a brief look at what 2013 will bring. 2013 is primarily a transition year. By […]