Washington, D.C. (November 11, 2013) – One in three Americans identifies obesity and obesity-related chronic disease as the most urgent health problem facing the country. Today, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and medical costs resulting from obesity total more than $147 billion.
(Oct 23, 2013 - Los Angeles) – Yesterday, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) hosted a symposium of more than 200 health stakeholders in Los Angeles to discuss proactive solutions to addressing America’s obesity crisis.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes health insurance available to nearly all Americans and the law requires people to maintain health coverage beginning in 2014. That coverage can be obtained through a government program (like Medicare or Medicaid), an employer, directly through an insurer, or through a policy purchased on a state health insurance exchange (also known as a health insurance marketplace) where you can buy an individual or family policy.
(Washington - September 10, 2013) The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) today announced the release of the 2013 Almanac of Chronic Disease, a powerful tool for policy makers, healthcare professionals, academics and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the impact of chronic disease in the United States.
This spring, the Medicare Board of Trustees released its annual report showing that the Medicare program remains in financial peril. Based on current projections, Medicare will enter financial insolvency a little more than a decade from now, in 2026.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Angus King (I-Maine) have joined together to introduce nonpartisan legislation that would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to more accurately reflect the cost-savings of preventive healthcare, including screenings. The Preventive Health Savings Act of 2013 (S. 1422) would also allow the Chairman or Ranking Member of the House or Senate Budget Committee, or the health committees—HELP, Finance, Ways and Means, or Energy and Commerce – to request an analysis of preventive measures extending beyond the existing 10-year window to two additional 10-year periods. Senators Crapo and Cardin are members of the Senate Finance Committee.
Panel explores options to improve prevention and provide access to better treatment
Washington, D.C. (July 31, 2013) – The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) today hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill with representatives of the American Medical Association, the YMCA of the USA and the STOP Obesity Alliance focusing on the growing impact of obesity and obesity-related chronic disease to U.S. health care system.
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The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and...