Frances Fernandez

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The Savvy Patient's Guide to Health Care Reform

The next phase of health care reform will begin in less than a week with the opening of the health insurance exchanges.<p>Although political battles are escalating and technological challenges remain, the basics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called “Obamacare,” are unlikely to change. The …

5 Things You Should Know About The New Health Insurance Marketplace

When Obamacare, otherwise known as the U.S. Health Care Reform Act, goes into effect January 1 next year, Americans will be faced with yet another way to find and buy health insurance. For the 50 million who don’t get health insurance through their employers or Medicare or Medicaid or on the …

Thanks A Lot, Mr. President! My Health Premium Is Up 114%

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. My health insurer, Kaiser Permanente, has finally calculated what our family’s new health insurance rates will be under the grotesquely misnamed Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare.) The upshot: my premiums are about to rise by 114.6%. My wife’s rates? Up …

Government Shutdown Nears As House Picks New Gambit Targeting Health Care

<i>Update: 12:20 a.m.:</i> The House voted after midnight 248 to 174 to repeal the medical device tax and extend government funding until Dec. 15, and voted 231 to 192 to delay the start of Obamacare.<p>WASHINGTON -- Thwarted by the U.S. Senate's insistence on funding the government without attaching any …

Why U.S. Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts

The U.S. leads the world in health care spending, but we don't live very long, and going to the doctor is so expensive that we don't do it very often. So where is the money going?<p>Not toward obesity-related diseases or unnecessary tests and treatments, as the writer John Green pointed out in a …

Health Care Reform Works in Massachusetts and It Will Work in America

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes effect this month, it might be helpful for people to know how its prototype in Massachusetts is working, after nearly seven years.<p>Virtually every resident in the Commonwealth is insured. More private companies offer insurance to their employees than ever …

Shutdown Forces Antarctic Research Into 'Caretaker Status'

Earlier this week we told you that scientists who do research in Antarctica have been on pins and needles, worried that the government shutdown would effectively cancel all of their planned field work this year.<p>Well, those scientists just got the news they didn't want to hear.<p>Today, officials at …

Christie makes point on Obamacare

Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that he doesn’t like Obamacare but that he found a way to deal with it in New Jersey, another signal that he sees the government shutdown as an opportunity to contrast himself with feuding parties in Washington.<p>“I don’t agree with the law, but we’ve …

Right wants focus on Obamacare

The most conservative House Republicans are starting to worry that the growing focus on the debt ceiling could overshadow their top priority: gutting Obamacare.<p>The health care law has always been at the center of the fight over government funding. But the debt ceiling fight, which is already …

Ryan: I haven't dropped Obamacare

Rep. Paul Ryan on Wednesday insisted that he wasn’t giving up the fight against Obamacare as he defended an op-ed he wrote that proposed a solution to end the stalemate in Washington without mentioning the health care law.<p>The day the op-ed touched off blowback from conservatives, the Wisconsin …

When a Salmonella Outbreak Meets a Government Shutdown

With half of the Centers for Disease Control workforce furloughed, states are scrambling to respond to a growing outbreak of salmonella.<p><b>The U.S. is in the midst of a salmonella outbreak</b> that has so far sickened hundreds of people in at least 18 states. But state officials and scientists are …

Government Shutdown Puts A Chill On Scientific Research

WASHINGTON -- The shutdown of the federal government, now well into its second week, has put a chill on the science community and left young researchers wondering how badly damaged their projects and careers could be.<p>Scientists and researchers interviewed for this article were quick to point out …

10 Recommendations on Research Data Management: What's next?

Presentations from the LIBER 2013 workshop on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures: : 'New Horizons for Open Access Policies in Europe' and 'Ten Recommendations on Research Data Management - What's Next?'

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New plan of attack in cancer fight

New research conducted by Harvard scientists is laying out a road map to one of the holy grails of modern medicine: a cure for cancer.<p>As described in …

Feds Get Tough On Medicare Fraud: Moratorium Bans New Healthcare Agencies In Miami, Chicago, And Houston

Invoking new authority granted by the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are imposing six month moratoriums on …

Owner of California Medical Equipment Supply Company Found Guilty of $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

The daughter of a church pastor and owner of a California-based durable medical equipment (DME) supply company was found guilty by a jury of Medicare …

U.S. bans new home health, ambulance providers in three high-fraud cities from Medicare, Medicaid

Innovation for Health: How Text Messages and Micro-Insurance Help the Urban Poor Stay Healthy

Slum residents across the Global South lack access to affordable health care services. Despite a pervasive lack of funding, often mediocre infrastructure, and too few trained personnel, slum dwellers have come up with <b>innovative solutions</b>. Using forums, text messages, micro-insurance, and community …

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White House Tries Star Power To Sell Health Insurance

The success of President Obama's health care law depends a lot on whether healthy 20- and 30-somethings end up buying insurance. At first the administration was hoping to recruit pro football stars in its PR push, but after a couple of Republicans sent the NFL a letter, that didn't happen. So now …

You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act

The biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act are set to begin less than three months from now. Oct. 1 is when people can start signing up for coverage in new state health exchanges. The policies would kick in on Jan. 1, 2014.<p>It can all be a little confusing, we …

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Former Insurance Exec Offers An Insider's Look At Obamacare

On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law. It's aimed at making health insurance more affordable and reducing the overall costs of health care.<p>Some parts of the law have already gone into effect: Insurers can't impose lifetime dollar limits on essential …