(January 2009) – The Obama-Biden administration wants to know what the American people think about health care. Online videos, public conference calls and interactive Web forms have been created in order to gather public input. Have a suggestion? Want to be heard? SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS >
The new administration promises significant change in terms of health care. Planned improvements include:
• The Obama-Biden plan will invest in disease prevention and will require coverage of preventive services. MORE >
• An expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), designed to cover children in uninsured families, has been tagged as a top priority. MORE >
• Doctors for America is a grassroots medical community effort that has will be collaborating with the Obama administration "to implement the health plan that will best meet the needs of our patients and our country." The group cites preventative care as one of their focal points for health care reform. MORE >
• In strong support of scientific research, Obama's proposed budget will establish a a heath care reserve fund of $634 billion over the next 10 years, $6 billion pf which will go to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support cancer research; the ultimate goal is to double the funding for cancer research. This builds on the $10 billion dollars from the Recovery Act given to the NIH. MORE >
• Another valuable health care resource in the new administration is Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Having attended a summit with the CAM leaders who crafted the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy during President Bill Clinton’s administration, she is already conversant with the integrative medicine community. (Nutrition Business Journal, November 2008)
As President Obama puts it, “Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today."
Read about current advancements in the world of natural health in Top 10 CAM News Stories 2008.
By Coquina Deger, AANMC Managing Editor