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Where can I get more information about the U.S. health care reform bill?

I've been reading a lot of conflicting information about the U.S. health care reform bill (HR 3200) and its potential impact on different groups of Americans. I tried to read the bill, but it's over a thousand pages and is written in mind-numbing legalese. Is there a place online where I can find comprehensive, non-partisan, easily understandable information about the bill?
posted by zembla3 on Aug 18, 2009 - 12 answers


don't mourn, organize!

What can I do, while overseas, to help educate about/support/do something about the healthcare debate happening in the US? [more inside]
posted by kalimac on Aug 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Advice for Town Hall Meetings?

What should someone know before going to a town hall meeting on health care reform? [more inside]
posted by every_one_needs_a_hug_sometimes on Aug 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Health care rationing in the US?

There is much talk about health care rationing in Britain, for example. How do I find out more about the status of rationing in the United States, my health care (nice employer based) and Medicare in particular. Is it the case that with health care in the US, private or Medicare, cost is never a reason to deny a procedure? That people under Medicare, for example, get all of those 50,000$ drugs that give you 6 months of life? How can I find out if my plan covers every possible procedure or not? I'm less concerned with the issue of rescision as a roundabout way of denying care versus explicit denial of care based on cost.
posted by Wood on Aug 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Bo Knows . . .

Health Mystery Solved. I have been given a diagnosis of avascular necrosis. My general practitioner relayed these results to me after she saw my MRI results. On Friday I meet with an orthopedic surgeon. Please help me prepare. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I prevent a future health insurance co from discovering a previous dematology treatment and use it for denial of insurance?

I'm an American without health insurance, who needs (minor) dermatological care... how worried should I be that this will prevent me from getting private health care insurance in a year or so (denial due to prior condition)? And what can I do to prevent this from happening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2009 - 15 answers

How to request/get a referral to another doctor?

How does getting a medical referral/requesting a medical referral REALLY work and how do you ask for one effectively? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jul 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Alternatives to CareCredit?

For reasons I don't (yet) fully understand, Care Credit has refused to extend me any credit whatsoever towards a year-long set of (embarrassing) medical procedures that will end up totalling in the neighborhood of $30,000 US. What viable alternatives to Care Credit exist for financing expensive and drawn-out medical procedures? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Help with Health Care!

How can I show support for the new health care reform bill? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jul 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me put my money where my Favorites are!

My taxes should pay for health care for all Americans, but they don't. I can donate $1,000 right now; what organization will use that money most effectively to provide care for uninsured/underinsured people in the United States? [more inside]
posted by haltingproblemsolved on Jul 12, 2009 - 23 answers

Objective, Succinct Resources on Healthcare Around the World?

Thoughtful, analytical, objective resources (web and book) on what works and what doesn't in healthcare / health insurance systems around the world? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Jul 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Healthcare social media sites for HCPs

Looking for social media sites or services in healthcare directed toward healthcare providers. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Jul 9, 2009 - 2 answers

Health Insurance for an unemployed recent college graduate.

What should a recent (unemployed) college graduate do to get health insurance in Indiana? ` [more inside]
posted by leybman on Jul 1, 2009 - 17 answers

Do people lose their homes over health expenses?

Do people actually lose their homes to pay for health care in the US, or is this an urban myth? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Jun 24, 2009 - 39 answers

What is renal social work?

Boiled down to its essence, what is the job of a renal social worker? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Jun 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Broken baby: how long for recovery?

My baby girl, 7 months old, has a spiral fractured femur - mum caught her as she was falling while getting into a back carrier - she is in hospital, has had specialist orthopaedic paediatrician attention and is now in traction. She is probably at the the best hospital in the country for this, but it is a long way from home. She is 100% breast fed, and my wife is staying with her. Can any of the medicos or Mefi, or people who have had similar experience offer some advice? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 13, 2009 - 12 answers

How do I find these people?

I am about to become a first year medical student (YAY!). I am trying to figure out how to get involved in projects dealing with healthcare and IT. Are there any good online resources to finding this type of information? Or should I just start randomly emailing companies? [more inside]
posted by senseigmg on Jun 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Health Insurance Without Employer Support

Please help me find medical coverage/insurance for a five year old. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jun 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Health insurance question

Health insurance question: my insurance benefit ran out for a recurring doctor's visit. The doctor knew this - I didn't - and they kept accepting my copay as if nothing had changed. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by JamesWilson123 on May 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Can I still sign up for COBRA?

I lost my job, got a new job, now I'm quiting that job, am I still eligible for COBRA from my previous job? And if I am, should I sign up for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Is my health insurance a rip-off?

Is my health insurance a rip-off? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on May 20, 2009 - 35 answers

Unfortunately, "Move to Canada" is also not an option.

I Live in A Stupid, NonSocialized Imperialistic Country Filter: Please hope me find private health insurance. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on May 18, 2009 - 26 answers

Pre-extraction wisdom teeth pain management

I'm getting all four wisdom teeth out on May 29th. For the last month or so I have felt intense pressure in my mouth from the teeth coming in. It's been getting a little worse each week and is now causing headaches. It's only May 6th. How should I manage the pain? [more inside]
posted by prozach1576 on May 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Explain (in an easy to understand way) Budget Reconciliation in the Senate? And its impact on health care reform this year?

Explain (in an easy to understand way) Budget Reconciliation in the Senate? And its impact on health care reform this year? [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan on Apr 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Fantasy baseball for healthcare informatics

If you were the IT advisor to the Obama Administration, how would you implement the national medical informatics system that is proposed as part of the stimulus package? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Mar 31, 2009 - 13 answers

Is my company's wellness program legal?

Is my company's new, highly Orwellian, wellness program legal? How can I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 - 16 answers

Get tested?

Individual health insurance and sti. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2009 - 5 answers

Paying for cancer

I may have breast cancer. I do not have health insurance. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2009 - 13 answers

alternatives to twice a day taxi rides for medical care?

A family member currently needs intravenous shots twice a day. Her insurance company won't pay for a nurse to come give her the shots. Are there other services that will do this? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Mar 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Please help me filter out the good from my list of NYC doctors covered by my insurance.

Please help me filter out the good from my list of NYC doctors covered by my insurance. [more inside]
posted by scazza on Mar 9, 2009 - 3 answers

it's a LEEP year!!!

I decided on my obgyn last minute, when the one I wanted wasnt taking new patients. My pap came back abnormal and I had to have a biopsy. They found I have moderate cervical dysplasia. I am scheduled to get a LEEP procedure. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2009 - 15 answers

What questions do you have about healthcare?

What types of questions would you like to see answered about healthcare / health insurance? [more inside]
posted by jeff1010 on Mar 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me learn more about health care

Can anyone recommend a few good books/articles on the history and current state of health care in the United States and Canada? [more inside]
posted by Lemon of Byzantium on Mar 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Can a former English major become a healthcare tech?

How can a former English major make a transition into the healthcare field? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Feb 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Best Way to Get Healthcare While Back in the US

I will be returning briefly to the US after 6 months abroad and I would like to partake in some of that wonderful US healthcare before I head back abroad. I have a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 18, 2009 - 13 answers

What will the cost of using an Ontario health care card in Quebec be?

A question about using an Ontario health care card in Quebec. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill on Feb 8, 2009 - 8 answers

What the hell happened to the health care system

I don't understand why health care suddenly costs so damn much. I can understand a few factors - nurses' pay has gone up, new treatments are more expensive (and doctors prescribe more expensive treatments - sometimes unnecissarily) but these factors don't seem to explain how insanely costly health care has become. And where is all that money going? Again, I understand that CEO pay has skyrocketed in the last 20 years, but is that enough to explain the enormous cost of health care these days? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Nov 28, 2008 - 43 answers

Hit the road or suck it up?

Is now a bad time to leave a stable, solid job for traveling contract work? Am I setting myself up for financial disaster in a few months? Will this economy affect health care jobs to a degree that this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Uninsured leading to the mortgage crisis

I'm looking for anecdotes of the uninsured facing financial crisis, such as losing their houses, due to medical bills. [more inside]
posted by woolylambkin on Nov 18, 2008 - 4 answers

Need home health care / home aide in NY

Help. Please. (Live-in?) Home Health Care in NY. Really long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Oct 29, 2008 - 6 answers

What are innovative ideas for healthcare to save money, increase efficiency and improve outcomes?

What are innovative ideas for healthcare to save money, increase efficiency and improve outcomes? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Oct 18, 2008 - 14 answers

So WHAT is wrong with socialism again?

PoliSci filter: I was hoping that someone can rationally, without rhetoric, explain to me why the word "Socialism" creates fear and extreme responses in far right-wing people. Soem very detailed specifics within. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 14, 2008 - 61 answers

Groin/Hip Strain/Sprain

YANMD: Self-diagnosed high-groin sprain. Chronic for more than six weeks, further aggravated when I tripped in the airport today. It seems that the negative stress of catching myself completely tweaked it. 39yo Caucasian male [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me find a career!

Careerfilter: Tell me all about going into healthcare administration... [more inside]
posted by state fxn on Oct 1, 2008 - 3 answers

workers comp for RSI?

RSI is crippling my arm. Should I get workers compensation help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2008 - 10 answers

I really need to solve this.

Help me finally put an end to my former insurance company's autobilling and get a refund! [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Sep 12, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I even start to fill out these short-term health care applications?

How do I fill out an application for short-term health care if I barely even remember which doctors/clinics I've been seen at, let alone why? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Aug 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Uninsured: Can't Pay for Needed Surgery

Uninsured-Broke and Need $2900.00 Vascular Surgery {USA} Can't Get Help, What Can Husband Do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Is it possible to get an MRI and have it read, without a referral?

Is it possible to get an MRI and have it read, without a referral? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Best way to express anger to an impersonal health-care institution?

Help me vent my outrage to the CEO of a large medical institution. [more inside]
posted by azure_swing on Jul 9, 2008 - 16 answers

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