| May 19, 2014, 4:46 p.m.
Once fairly obscure, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has gotten headlines in recent years by questioning the value of mammograms for women in their 40s and recommending that men not have the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test unless they have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
| May 15, 2014, 5 a.m.
As Congress and the Obama administration look for ways to address our broken immigration system, one step is clear. They have the authority to, and must, end the deportation of our veterans.
| May 14, 2014, 2:55 p.m.
We are a nation that has been at war for more than 12 years — conflicts that have left more than 60,000 people physically wounded, more than 400,000 people living with invisible wounds like combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, and more than 320,000 people with traumatic brain injuries. Many of the brave men and women affected by these wars sacrifice their health, lose their jobs and live in isolation. You may think these individuals are exclusively the brave men and women who fought for our country, but many never put on a uniform — they are the countless hidden heroes caring for wounded warriors on the home front.
| May 6, 2014, 4:19 p.m.
Massachusetts is joining Oregon as the latest state to pull the plug on its online health insurance marketplace and prepare to send residents to the federal healthcare.gov website instead.
| May 1, 2014, 1:22 p.m.
Americans across the country have been forced into the Obamacare exchanges. They’ve lost the coverage they liked, they’ve seen their premiums skyrocket and they’re finding it hard to enroll in anything new. But what makes this even worse is that their representatives in Congress can’t completely relate. While all of this is going on outside of Washington, insiders in Congress and the administration carved out a special exemption and subsidy for themselves. They decreased their own Obamacare burden but didn’t do the same for their constituents.
| May 1, 2014, 5 a.m.
In 1964, the Surgeon General issued a warning that changed public health forever: Smoking is harmful to your health and can cause cancer. After a great reduction in smoking rates and many thousands of lives saved, decades of progress are now endangered by the new kid on the block — the electronic cigarette.
| April 30, 2014, 11:26 a.m.
Health care spending surged 9.9 percent during the first quarter of 2014 as people who gained insurance coverage under the health care law apparently began using more medical services, the government said today.
| April 29, 2014, 4:45 p.m.
Nearly 20 years after leaving Congress, Kweisi Mfume is focused on ensuring health policies work for minority communities.
| April 29, 2014, 5 a.m.
Some issues transcend political divisions. How best to prevent drug addiction before it starts and provide treatment to those who want to turn their lives around is one of those issues. Over the last few decades, we’ve learned a lot about what works — and what doesn’t — when it comes to preventing and treating drug abuse. And while we’ve made some significant strides in our fight against addiction, we can do even better.
| April 28, 2014, 6:50 p.m.
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
| April 28, 2014, 5:06 p.m.
A political scientist who participated in the startup of one of the nation’s new nonprofit health cooperatives has an explanation for seemingly quick uptick in enrollment.
| April 28, 2014, 4:09 p.m.
Some of the underdogs in the market to sell health coverage to uninsured Americans have scored unexpected early wins as they compete with industry giants for customers.
| April 24, 2014, 1:10 p.m.
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
| April 24, 2014, 5 a.m.
The debate over the Affordable Care Act has demonstrated one clear fact: No one thinks our health care system is working as well as it should be for most Americans. There is agreement that costs are too high, quality is not as evenly distributed as it should be, and the way we pay our doctors, hospitals and other providers of health care just doesn’t work anymore.
| April 8, 2014, 11:18 a.m.
The ability to take care of your family goes beyond income and immigration status. In New Mexico and at Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide, we see that a woman’s ability to access health care is critical to the stability of her family and community.
| April 2, 2014, 6:56 p.m.
To the casual observer, the Obama administration’s approach to the congressional debate over patent trolls may seem erratic.
| April 2, 2014, 6:38 p.m.
Four months after the House passed a far-reaching bill to prevent abusive patent infringement lawsuits, senators are close to striking a deal on their own legislation, according to aides in both parties.
| April 1, 2014, 7:03 p.m.
For a president and congressional Democrats under siege for months last year during the disastrous HealthCare.gov rollout, Tuesday’s news of 7 million exchange sign-ups came as vindication four years in the making.
| April 1, 2014, 4:59 p.m.
Chronic kidney disease came as a surprise to Nancy Vice of Warminster, Pa. Severe, unexplained back pain at age 27 sent her to the hospital, where she received her diagnosis and learned she would immediately have to begin dialysis or receive a kidney transplant. Her mother donated a kidney, and Nancy had five years of good health until the transplant failed. For the past 17 years, she has relied on dialysis to survive.
| April 1, 2014, 4:57 p.m.
A United Nations report this week warned that a warming planet will exacerbate existing health problems in the coming decades — and U.S. scientists will caution later this month that those and other public health concerns are imminent.