American Heart Association

Public health groups: Healthcare legislation needs to be affordable, accessible, adequate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association and 10 other public health groups joined together this week to release their stance on possible changes to the Affordable Care Act.

The Consensus Health Care Reform Principles outlines the groups’ criteria for what needs to be jn any new health care […]

Pre-existing condition coverage is non-negotiable, AHA CEO says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In a letter sent this week to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown stressed the AHA’s continued commitment to patients with heart disease and stroke who are covered under the Affordable Care Act.

In the […]

AHA says better network access standards needed for health plans

A new study released today by the American Heart Association on the inclusion of cardiovascular and stroke providers by exchange health plans reveals that access to specialty physicians and facilities can vary widely based on a consumer’s plan and location.

The association commissioned the study, conducted by Avalere Health, to […]

Uninsured and black infants with severe heart defects face higher death risk

Among infants born with severe heart defects, uninsured newborns were three times more likely to die than privately insured newborns, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health insurance coverage helped explain differences in survival seen between black and white babies born with […]

Coverage countdown: Deadline to sign up for health insurance is Monday

There are only a few days left to sign up for health insurance coverage for 2014 through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

March 31 is the deadline for most uninsured individuals to sign up to buy insurance. People who start applications before the deadline but aren’t able to complete the enrollment process by the deadline will still be able […]

Stroke survivors will benefit from healthcare law on World Stroke Day

This year alone, about 795,000 Americans will have a stroke. The health impact for stroke survivors can be shattering, while the financial impact can add to the difficulties for people who don’t have health insurance.

About 14 percent of stroke survivors are uninsured and more than one-third have been forced […]

Affordable Care Act offers essential health benefits to consumers

In the past, even with health insurance, a serious heart attack or stroke could mean financial disaster.

For example, some types of health plans excluded coverage for basic care, such as prescription drugs or hospital services. Or the plans imposed low annual coverage limits of  $5,000 or $10,000.  Often consumers didn’t realize […]

New tax credit helps make health insurance affordable

The biggest barrier to obtaining comprehensive health care coverage is affordability for many of the United States’ 48.6 million uninsured individuals.

Nearly  half of the uninsured with heart disease or stroke cite cost as the reason they lack coverage. Soaring premium and out-of-pocket costs have kept quality health insurance out […]

A consumer’s guide to the new Health Insurance Marketplace

This week marks the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which provides a single location for consumers to check out their health insurance options.

Whether you are uninsured and deciding about health insurance for the first time or already insured and trying to find better, more affordable coverage, the […]

CDC shares health statistics from early 2013

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released this week shows more than a quarter of young adults didn’t have insurance when surveyed and about a third of middle-age adults are obese.

The report on health insurance status, obesity, physical activity, smoking and other health information comes from data collected […]