Posts tagged "Health Care Reform"

Medicaid contract raises questions of privatization, access to health care

Medicaid contract raises questions of privatization, access to health care
In the fine print of the Medicaid reform bill passed this summer was a plan for the cash-strapped state to save $350 million by contracting with a private company to investigate fraud. Since the contract with Maximus Health Services was signed, both advocates and state workers have raised concerns. Chief among them is the price... Read more »

100,000 poor folks to get coverage under new health law... but when?

100,000 poor folks to get coverage under new health law... but when?
What happens if you’re poor, don’t have health insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid? In Chicago, it means you often end up using Cook County’s health system. And the county ends up paying–a whole lot. The Cook County Health and Hospital system is notorious for operating at a deficit. Last year’s was $170 million. But... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »
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Could Chicago cut mental health services entirely in 2014? An unpersuasive argument

Could Chicago cut mental health services entirely in 2014? An unpersuasive argument
Wednesday, we looked at a report by Chicago’s Civic Federation that recommended, among other measures, the closing of Chicago’s mental health and primary care clinics months before the Chicago Department of Public Health announced it. Mayor Emmanuel seems to be following many of the other suggestions in the report rather closely too. Read part one... Read more »

Happy Meal bans, vending machine labels miss a point when it comes to the obesity crisis

Most people would describe me as a healthy eater. I carry a cart of veggies home from the farmer’s market each week, and there isn’t a day when you can’t find an apple (or an apple core) in my purse. So you might think that congressional moves like putting calorie labels on vending machine or... Read more »