Thursday, March 3, 2011

Healthcare and YOU

Sorry to say, but when it comes to understanding health care reform, our media have done a woeful job of keeping us informed and the general public remains very confused and unenlightened. For example, recent studies demonstrate that many Americans who believe they understand how the law works are actually thoroughly misinformed, and some are not even aware it is still in effect.A poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation at the end of February found that about 20 percent of people wrongly believe that the law ended when Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to repeal it earlier this year, and 26 percent replied that they didn’t know if it was still the law or not! Well, it is.

What is a person to do if they would like to get a cogent, accurate understanding of the new law, without the partisan bias and media spin? Fortunately, there are now some good choices! A new site, called HealthCare and  avoids the heated politics behind the legislation and focuses instead on what the plan means for consumers. People who log on to the site can slect their state, age group, and circumstances to find a personal and customized explanation of the law’s provisions, with a timeline indications when portions of the law will take effect.The site has been developed by a coalition of groups t hat includes the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the AARP,  the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association; the Catholic Health Association; the National Community Pharmacists Association; the American College of Physicians; and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Check it out!

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