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...
Aug 06, 2010
Ken Thorpe on importance of school nurses in childhood prevention, health
August 4, 2010 Market Watch By: Anya Martin "Whether your child is in good health or not, a registered nurse at school can recognize medical issues you may have missed and be a powerful advocate to ensure your school has life-saving equipment. But thanks to strapped education...
Aug 04, 2010
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...
Aug 04, 2010
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...
Aug 02, 2010
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...
Jul 28, 2010
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...
Jul 27, 2010
Workplace Wellness Done Right
There’s been a lot of coverage recently on preventive coverage. But a New York Times article today, “For Chronic Care, Your Employer May Be Able to Help,” looks at a different kind of preventive care: workplace wellness programs. The article discusses workplace wellness and the strengths and...
Jul 24, 2010
Chronic disease knows no age, cost boundaries
High cholesterol – for adults, typically a gateway condition to chronic diseases such as heart disease and hypertension – is now affecting Americans at even younger ages. According to new data from the CDC, up to one quarter of young adults (men aged 20 to 35 years; women aged 20 to 45 years) in...
Jul 22, 2010
White House Video on Preventive Care
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden recorded a video message on provisions in the PPACA,which require insurance plans to pay the entire cost of recommended, preventive services starting in September. View the video here.
Jul 20, 2010
Open Comment Period: Prevention in Medicare
CMS is accepting comments until August 24th on a proposed rule on implementation of new Medicare preventive health benefits. Trust for America’s Health has posted the CMS announcement here: Instructions on how to submit comments are...
Jul 16, 2010