National Consumers League

Your Health

Changes to our healthcare system in recent years have meant new opportunities and challenges for consumers. Keeping America’s families safe and healthy is our goal, and with Your Health NCL has got you covered.

Consumers and mental health services: barriers and access issues

headshot of NCL Executive Assistant Adrienne Archer

By NCExecutive Assistant Adrienne Archer

For many consumers, securing access to reliable and affordable mental health care can prove to be a difficult feat. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MPHAEA) of 2018 require health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental and substance use treatment and services as for medical and surgical care, otherwise known as “mental health parity”. Provisions were expanded so that the health plans could also cover behavioral treatments and services. Yet despite the passage of the MHPAEA, significant barriers and disparities persist in the mental health care space.

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Top of mind: HHS's reversal of Obama-era transgender nondiscrimination healthcare protections

Nissa Shaffi

By Nissa Shaffi, NCL Associate Director of Health Policy

On June 12, the Trump Administration finalized a rule that proposed to revise, and in effect reverse, Obama-era protections offered in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557, known as the Health Care Rights Law, prevents discrimination of patients based on “race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.” In 2016, the Obama Administration expanded the definition of sex to encompass aspects of gender identity as well—extending protections to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. 

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The National Consumers League supports expanded COBRA coverage

By Sally Greenberg, NCL Executive Director

In a perfect world, every person in the United States would have quality health care coverage, irrespective of whether they were employed or whether their employer-offered health insurance. The National Consumers League (NCL) has long advocated for universal access to health insurance for every American.

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New study reveals promising progress in fight against cancer

Nissa Shaffi

A recent study released by the American Cancer Society (ACS) shows that breakthrough treatments for lung cancer have resulted in a 26-year record low for cancer mortality overall. Cancer-related deaths have dropped at an average rate of 1.5 percent from 2008 to 2017 and between 2016–2017, cancer mortality rates dropped to 2.2 percent. This translates to nearly three million fewer American cancer-related deaths than would have occurred if mortality had remained stagnant.

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