Women’s health coverage improved
News Alexa Altman 8/09/2012 at 11:53AM

Forty-seven million women just got healthier. On August 1, preventive benefits for women, including breast and pelvic exams, HPV and HIV testing, gestational diabetes screenings and contraceptives became available, co-pay free, to all insured women. “I think it’s great,” said Pauline Compton, an accountant from Bayside. “I think all women should be entitled to co-pay [...]

Affordable Care Act’s impact on small biz
Health Liam La Guerre 7/25/2012 at 10:06AM

At a recent business workshop local small business owners and employees learned that although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will give them necessary health coverage, it may come at a high price. Sher Sparano, president of the Benefits Advisory Service, broke down the law’s effects on small businesses to nearly a dozen uncertain and bewildered [...]

To your health
Editorial Billy Rennison 7/12/2012 at 12:15PM

It’s like the 1960s all over again. As the United States Supreme Court upheld parts of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), it harkened back to June of 1965, when the country — and our bipartisan elected officials — were divided over Medicare. With a Cold War mentality, many feared that Medicare meant socialism — [...]

Affordable Care Act: What it means for immigrants
Health Liam La Guerre 7/11/2012 at 10:55AM

When Sunnyside resident Blanca Palomeque had ovarian cancer two years ago she didn’t have full health insurance to cover her treatment. She enrolled in the Medicaid Spenddown program, but it only provided her with six months of assistance and she was forced to pay $15 out of pocket for each visit to Elmhurst Hospital and [...]

What the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act means to Queens
Health Liam La Guerre 7/02/2012 at 7:21PM

Last week, President Barack Obama’s landmark legislation to supply health care to most Americans was upheld by a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, and soon many uninsured Queens residents will have access to doctors, hospitals and preventive medicine. The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was passed in 2010, had been questioned by lawmakers [...]

Queens politicians react to Affordable Care Act
News Billy Rennison 6/28/2012 at 12:10PM

Just after 10 a.m. the Supreme Court handed down its ruling upholding President Barack Obama’s health care plan. The court ruled 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional. Shortly after the decision, Queens politicians took to Twitter to comment on the ruling. Here’s a collection the pol’s reactions: Congressmember Gregory Meeks: “ACA ensures children [...]