health care

Expert advice on keeping your health care costs down
Expert advice on keeping your health care costs down
Health Queens Courier Staff 8/18/2012 at 6:49AM

(ARA) – Health care expenditures totaled roughly 2.6 trillion dollars in 2010, more than 10 times what they were in 1980. Average families are feeling the increases – health insurance premiums for a typical family of four have increased by 114 percent since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And health care costs [...]

Three weeks in, health insurance reinstated for Con Ed workers
News Alexa Altman 7/19/2012 at 11:35AM

Three weeks after contract negotiations began between Con Ed and representatives from the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2, the utility giant reinstated health coverage for its 8,500 locked out workers. Local 1-2 spokesperson John Melia claimed the company’s decision to cut off health insurance at the start of the lockout was illegal. “They [...]

Predicting future Medicaid growth, WellPoint acquires Amerigroup
Business Cristabelle Tumola 7/14/2012 at 10:27AM

Health benefits company WellPoint announced that it reached a definitive agreement to acquire managed health care company Amerigroup. With the acquisition WellPoint said it will be able to better serve those looking for quality health care at an affordable price, particularly those with Medicaid, an area it predicts will grow in the future. WellPoint will [...]

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 [...]

Weiner resurfaces to talk health care
News Terence M. Cullen 6/29/2012 at 12:22PM

Former Congressmember Anthony Weiner, who once represented a large chunk of Queens at Capitol Hill, said the Supreme Court ruling on the national health care bill was a major victory and was happy it was ruled constitutional. After a year in private life following his resignation, Weiner made his first public appearance on WNYC this [...]

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 [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Liam La Guerre 6/28/2012 at 11:21AM

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare The Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s historic health care law Thursday – a defining moment in the 2012 race for the White House. The stunning ruling – unexpected from a Court led by conservatives – was a huge victory for Obama, who staked much of his term on passing the national [...]

Mittman’s first presser focuses on health care
Mittman’s first presser focuses on health care
News Melissa Chan 5/30/2012 at 4:22PM

An underdog in the 6th District Congressional race formally announced his candidacy — with the Democratic primary only one month away. In front of a small group of supporters — each gripping a campaign poster and a bright, red apple that has grown to symbolize his run — Robert Mittman, a Bayside allergy doctor, said [...]