Laura Packard

Laura Packard

Laura Packard is a small business owner and stage 4 cancer survivor, and founder of Health Care Voices. She hosts CareTalk, a weekly consumer call-in show on health care and health insurance issues in America on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Follow @lpackard on Twitter or email her at [email protected]

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Despite attempts to kill it, Affordable Care Act turns 13

By: - March 23, 2023

Thirteen years ago to the day, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. And five years ago, my oncologist told me my stage 4 cancer was in remission. As a small business owner, my health insurance is through the Affordable Care Act. So these two dates are inexorably linked in my mind: the insurance […]


Fifty years later, our lives still at risk

By: - January 22, 2023

Fifty years ago, a very different U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. Radical right-wing extremists control the Supreme Court and serve in elective office. We have fewer freedoms than we did a generation ago. We suffer, and women die because of it. When the Supreme Court ruled last June to strip away our rights […]

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Time is running out to sign up for health care coverage

By: - January 11, 2023

If you don’t have health insurance – or just want to explore your options – go to on or before Jan. 15 to get covered with affordable health insurance.  Having and keeping good quality affordable health care is personal for me. The Affordable Care Act saved my life.  In 2017, I walked into a […]


It’s time to extend low-cost health coverage to all

By: - November 29, 2022

In this month’s election in Oregon, pro-health care legislators won up and down the ballot, and Measure 111 passed, guaranteeing all Oregonians access to cost-effective and affordable health care as a right within the state constitution. But what does that mean for people like you and me, and where do we go from here? Oregon is […]