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Happy 50th #Medicare and #Medicaid for #KeepingUSHealthy
July 27, 2015As the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid is marked this Thursday, July 30, it is only appropriate to celebrate the many merits of these two important health care programs. Providing access to quality health care for millions of Americans is no short order, but as rates of...
Jul 28, 2015
Workplace wellness isn’t just about prevention, it’s about better management too
June 4, 2015The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease is happy to share the new, free Workplace Transitions e-Toolkit for people touched by cancer.  The e-toolkit, workplacetransitions.org launched this week supports millions of working Americans by helping managers deal with cancer in the...
Jun 05, 2015
Cost Sharing or Cost Shifting?
May 12, 2015A recent New York Times article, With Sickest Patients, Cost Sharing Comes at a Price, examines the impact of cost sharing in our health care system, particularly among patients living with chronic diseases. While the intricacies of the issue are many, the takeaway is clear, and the...
May 15, 2015
COPD in the United States: the shocking truth
May 12, 2015Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic respiratory disease also known as the Silent Killer. The early stages of COPD are almost always unnoticeable as most people attribute the symptoms to an illness, old age, being out of shape, and/or smoking. As the disease...
May 12, 2015
Encouraging Continued Improvement in State Health Exchanges is Critical
March 20, 2015In this month’s issue of Minnesota Physician, PFCD Policy Director Candace DeMatteis closely examines Minnesota’s health insurance exchange and highlights areas of impact when it comes to obtaining and utilizing healthcare coverage plans – access, affordability, adherence, to name a...
Mar 26, 2015
Comparative effectiveness research: what impact does it have on health care decision-making?
It will require multiple weapons to successfully combat chronic diseases and the damage they do to individuals and to our health care system. Comparative effectiveness research – the science of comparing and determining which treatments and therapies have the greatest success in achieving positive...
Mar 24, 2015
Millions of Hearts Tied Up in Ribbons
February 4, 2015With today being World Cancer Day, right at the start of annual American Heart Month, it would be difficult not to feel overcome by the millions of Americans struggling daily with debilitating and costly chronic health conditions. Together, cancer and heart disease impact nearly...
Feb 05, 2015
Consumer experience: finding information on Exchange Plans
For all consumers, but particularly for people with chronic diseases, having good healthcare coverage is critically important.  People need affordable access to recommended: > preventive care to avoid disease onset; > screenings to catch problems early; > treatment to prevent...
Jan 29, 2015
Finding Information in Healthcare Exchanges
January 28, 2015It’s an understatement to say that the Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment process is going smoother this year than it did at this same time in 2013. In contrast to last year’s seemingly endless healthcare.gov website difficulties, the open enrollment period saw nearly...
Jan 29, 2015
Causes and Cures: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Vs. Tiredness
January 6, 2015Guest blog by Lynn BronsonAre you tired all of the time? Do you struggle to make through the day without 10 cups of coffee, a nap, and lots of sugar? You’re not alone. Millions of people all over the world suffer with this chronic fatigue feeling, but few make a conscious choice to...
Jan 13, 2015

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