THE WHITE HOUSE RESPONDS DIRECTLY TO THE WOMEN OF iVILLAGE
ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE
Women Concerned About Cost & Quality of Care and Medication, Pre-existing Conditions, and Health Issues Specifically Affecting Women
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius responds to questions from the iVillage community about health care reform in a video produced by the Administration, which breaks exclusively on iVillage.com (www.ivillage.com/michelleobama). First Lady Michelle Obama began the health care reform conversation in a video message that first broke on iVillage last week.
The community’s questions centered around common themes, including the cost of care; insurance; pre-existing conditions; women’s health issues, such as infertility and breast cancer; quality of care and the high cost of drugs.
“Health care is clearly top-of-mind for the women of iVillage, and that was reflected in the outpouring of thoughtful, substantive questions from them,” said Jodi Kahn, Executive Vice President, iVillage. “We’re so glad to provide this incredible opportunity for the iVillage community to engage with the White House on such an important issue that dramatically impacts women and their families.”
Here are some highlights from Secretary Sebelius’ video response.
On pre-existing conditions: “One of the new features of new insurance marketplace is….insurance companies will no longer be able to eliminate folks based on a pre-existing condition; there will be a limit for how much they can charge for out-of-pocket costs.”
On women’s health issues like maternity leave: “Too many policies have no maternity coverage at all,” replies Sebelius. “That has to change.”
Got questions? iVillage.com has the answers…by Christabelle
Wow is all I have to say when I logged onto iVillage.com this morning. I hate to admit it has been a while, but what a pleasant surprise when I saw an entirely re-designed website – and yes – it has an OMG factor that kept me surfing for hours (to the dismay of the Monday morning work pile sitting next to me).
With a fresh new look, content that is relevant and modern and tons of new categories to choose from, I actually bumped out Facebook as my home page and have now dedicated it to iVillage.com! The new site sprinkles in a little bit for everyone (from Entertainment and Parenting to Beauty and Style) , but what truly caught my attention was the Halloween section.
A tiny bit obsessed (ok – maybe not so tiny) with the upcoming festivities – I have been on the mad hunt for inexpensive ways to prepare all of my munchkins (aka my friend’s kids) for trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. With a firm padlock on my wallet, my credit cards have been jailed and virtually out of use…but with some fantastic tips I found at iVillage.com/Halloween – I can actually make some really super-cute costumes for the kiddies with stuff I already have lying around the house. Economical and green (insert a little pat on my own back).
Whether you want to turn your kid into a Fruit of the Loom guy (think purple balloons), a robot (think tinfoil) or a bathing baby (think a supped up red wagon) – you can do it all FOR UNDER $10 (and yes, I did put it to the test…I came in spending $8.53 at the local Walgreens).
Check out full costume instructions at iVillage.com/Halloween how-to-videos by clicking HERE . Have fun and enjoy a Halloween that doesn’t spook out your bank account.