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Affordable Care Act: This law is working By President Barack Obama
On the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, one thing couldn’t be clearer: This law is working, and in many ways, it’s working even better than anticipated. After five years of the Affordable Care Act, more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained the security of health insura....
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 Put women’s health before political agendas

Put women’s health before political agendas
More than 100 advocates from across Colorado were at the state capitol this week urging our state’s leaders to create forward thinking policies to address the complex issues facing families in our community. COLOR works to ensure that each person is able to manage their health. We are working ha....

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 The promise of ACA must reach all communities

The promise of ACA must reach all communities
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, more than 15 million Americans have received some type of health coverage. This open enrollment period alone has seen almost 7 million new sign-ups. Still, there are many more to reach, especially in the Latino community, where one in four r....

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ACA: Millions more need to register
The federal and state health insurance marketplace is open for the second round of enrollment until February 15, 2015. For information on how to enroll, visit www.HealthCare.gov. The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has helped millions of uninsured Americans—particularly Latinos—gain affordable, high-....
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Caregivers represent the best of familia
Often referred to as the backbone of the long-term care system in the U.S., family caregivers provide an annual estimate of $450 billion in unpaid care to their loved ones living with a chronic disease. More than just their economic value to society, however, family caregivers embody a value deepl....
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Getting my own health insurance
As a 24-year-old man, I’m pleased to say I have a close relationship with my mother. My father passed away when I was 3, so I’ve been living with my mom ever since. I help around the house and yard while being a part-time student, swim instructor and life guard. While I’m still in school, it’s he....
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Cold hard facts: Profits before humanity
It's big business, and the profits are dear. Let's face it. Covering me or any other cancer survivor who is nearing 60 years old isn't the kind of business health insurance companies hope to secure. So when Katie McCrimmon of Health News Colorado wrote about me (www.healthnewscolorado.org/2014/11/....
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Understanding the real dangers of Ebola
We spoke with Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, a UC San Francisco infectious disease physician and developer of diagnostic tools for infectious diseases about why this outbreak has spread so far, how the epidemic might be contained and what the real dangers are for people in this country. Is there anythi....
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Focused on the fight against Ebola By President Barack Obama
Last week, we remained focused on our fight against Ebola. In Dallas, dozens of family, friends and others who had been in close contact with the first patient, Mr. Duncan, were declared free of Ebola—a reminder that this disease is actually very hard to catch. Across Dallas, others being monito....
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Taking control of my health
Between my college studies and working to pay for my education, my life is pretty busy. I don’t have time to be sick. But illnesses don’t care about schedules, as I found out this winter. They also don’t care what’s in your bank account. I couldn’t get health insurance through my sales job, I cou....
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Frustration with the ‘choice’ framework
Recently, the New York Times published a feature on reproductive health advocates moving away from the language of “choice.” An important and interesting topic, the potentially illuminating piece instead served to obscure the history of the move away from choice language, completely erasing women ....
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My family, my faith, my decision
I remember when I landed my first job that offered health insurance. I was thrilled about the job – and that I would finally have access to more affordable birth control. But I was still paying $30 or more per month, which was not easy on my family’s budget. Then came the Affordable Care Act, whic....
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Three words for people with mental illness
“I need help.” Those are three of the hardest words to say. Learning how to say them and being brave enough to seek help are necessary for surviving mental illness and life itself. In our insta-everything culture, it’s getting harder to have authentic conversations. Cries for help that are bet....
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A brighter future, through the fog of depression
Not long after I entered middle school, I started struggling with depression, although it would be five years before I was taught the vocabulary to describe what I was feeling. During my early adolescence, I didn’t know that I was mentally ill. As far as I could tell, my state of mind was the same....
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Asthma and Latinos: Underreported environmental threat
Leading up to Asthma awareness month I participated in a #LatinoHealth Twitter chat with League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). We were excited to expand the virtual conversation about air pollution and asthma, issues that seriously affect Latino hea....
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