New Secretary of Health and Human Services-Kathleen Sebelius

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The confirmation of the new Secretary of Health and Human Services brings Kathleen Sebelius to the Cabinet, she’s a former Kansas Governor. The new Secretary will command the FDA, the CDC, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

She was voted in on an approval of 65 to 31, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. What has been mentioned previously as the negatives were Secretary Sebelius’s stand on abortion, it’s pro choice, and that she has an association with a physician who does abortions.

The nomination approval comes with an extra five votes as she gained a few Republican supporters. Since she made it to the Cabinet, it increases the number of strong insiders for President Obama who mean to revise the health care area this year.

The newest cabinet member, who is a Democrat, has similar views to President Obama on health care. Secretary Sebelius will produce a similar plate of ideas and plans such as prohibiting pre-existing condition exclusions, individual mandates, and public sponsored individual health insurance plans.

President Obama had some others in mind for his first choice in this post. But Sebelius will be a powerful person in dealing with the health reform issue.

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Health Insurance For Students

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Many higher education students worry about how they will be able to afford health care. The HCTC, allows the parents to get a tax break when coverage the cost of a students medical, but this does not help all individuals. One solution could possible be a higher tax credit and the idea of a personal health savings account for these students. Most larger universities also offer health coverage plans to their students.

A misconception out there is that many of the clinicians who work at a university clinic are either rookies in the health care profession or otherwise don’t know what they are talking about. The truth is that many of these physicians are qualified and have seen all kinds of situations that prepare them and give them the necessary experience to provide the best possible health care they can while on campus.

If you are uncomfortable with the university clinic companies like Assurant and Cardinal Healthcare offer students a plan, if they are self employed and have a solid work history and a clean bill of health. Most innovative students become self employed while meeting with roommates or others on campus. A problem, however, is that self employed people don’t find time to search for right health care plan.

When a self employed individual adds school work to their list of things to do, medical falls by the waist side. This is particularly dangerous should a serious illness accrue and not be treated for.

The health care industry is working to make the process of finding health care less time consumes and more accessible for all students who work, not just ones that are self employed.

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