Health insurance can’t be denied for pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act

When Ron Byzet was laid off as a government contractor for NASA after 33 years on the job, he also lost his health insurance. He wasn’t old enough for Medicare, but he knew he would qualify in a few years and thought he would make it.

Then, in February 2013, […]

New stroke outcome measures don’t consider stroke severity

New measures that look at the quality of care provided by hospitals to stroke patients may wind up negatively affecting stroke care, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association said in a statement on Wednesday.

The stroke outcome measures, which profile hospital performance for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, look at whether […]

Affordable Care Act promises patient protections for young family members

Cardiovascular health begins at an early age, making the need for affordable health care critical for our country’s littlest citizens.  Since the Affordable Care Act became law, patient protections are providing families with help toward their children’s medical needs.  Here are some highlights:

Birth: Nine of every 1,000 babies will […]

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 […]

Healthcare providers should treat unhealthy habits

Healthcare providers should treat unhealthy behaviors as aggressively as they treat high blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association science advisory published in Circulation.

“We’re talking about a paradigm shift from only treating biomarkers — physical indicators of a person’s risk for […]

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 […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Heart failure or not, you’re paying for it

Whether or not you have heart failure, you’ll still have to pay part of the tab for the increasing costs of the condition.

By 2030, you — and every U.S. taxpayer — could be paying $244 a year for direct and indirect costs to care for heart failure patients, according […]