Public Education Key to Successful Implementation

A recent USA Today article reported that – based on three polls conducted just last month –  large percentages of Americans are uninformed about what provision are included in PPACA.

Unhealthy living comes with a hefty price tag

A recent Gallup study, discussed at length here, measured the wellbeing of adults across the U.S. and found that those with a stronger wellbeing score had lower health care costs and were at less risk for chronic disease.

Adults whose wellbeing was “struggling” or “suffering” were 64 percent more likely than adults with “thriving” wellbeing to have one or more new chronic conditions diagnosed in the past year.

Prevention Made Easy For Seniors

Beginning January 2011, a key PPACA provision will take effect, helping to improve and better coordinate care for seniors.

Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Trust for America’s Health is circulating a letter to Congress in support of preserving the Prevention and Public Health Fund and is asking other organizations to sign on as well. To date, over 300 organizations have signed the letter. It reads:

As the Senate considers the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (H.R. 5297), the undersigned organizations strongly urge you to oppose the use of the Prevention and Public Health Fund from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as an offset for an amendment offered by Senator Johanns (No. 4531).

Obesity Rates Increasing, Impacting U.S. Health and Deficit

As an advocate of prevention, wellness and early interventions, I discuss the rising rates of obesity prevalence in the U.S. often. As obesity rates among all ages continue to increase, we are faced with an obesity epidemic that is lowering the quality of life for millions of Americans and driving up health care costs in the U.S.

PPACA Generates Savings in Medicare

The Obama Administration released a report Monday, showing significant savings in Medicare due to  PPACA reforms. The report shows Medicare will save approximately $8 billion by the end of next year, and as much as $575 billion over the rest of the decade. These are significant savings and evidence that PPACA is a strong foundation on which to build more quality and cost-savings measures into our current health care system.

We can build on this foundation through increased care coordination and chronic disease prevention efforts.

Obesity, Tobacco Prevention Needed

A recent New York Times article, “Tobacco Funds Shrink as Obesity Fight Intensifies,” included my thoughts on tobacco cessation and obesity prevention and I would like to expand on those thoughts for a moment.

Tobacco use and obesity are both public health threats that drive up health care spending in the US. Reducing tobacco use and obesity prevalence are both key to lowering health costs and saving lives.

Fortunately tobacco rates have been decreasing over the past several decades.

Congressional Recess is Just Around the Corner

Yesterday marked the start of the final two weeks before the 2010 August Congressional recess begins. With all the legislative activity thus far this year, it’s hard to believe August is just around the corner and election season is fast approaching. I applaud Congress and the Obama Administration for their strong implementation efforts and wish them a restful recess in their home states.

While things will slow down a bit in Washington over the next month, I hope the nation continues talking about the implementation process and health care reform.

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