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Under Affordable Care Act, Americans have had more preventive care for heart health, UCLA study finds
By reducing out-of-pocket costs for preventive treatment, the Affordable Care Act appears to have encouraged more people to have health screenings related to their cardiovascular health,a UCLA study found. Comparing figures from 2006 through 2013, researchers found that more people were screened for diabetes, high cholesterol, cigarette use and high blood pressure — all risk factors for heart disease — after the ACA was implemented than before.But the research, published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Managed Care, also revealed a disparity between men and women in one key area. Although more men who ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 23, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

California's uninsured rate hits lowest level ever
The number of people with health insurance hit a record high in the California this year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this week. California’s uninsured rate dropped from 7.2 percent in 2016 to 6.8 percent from January to June — outpacing the federal rate for states supported by the federal insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov. “It was nice to see that California also had good company among states dramatically reduci ng their uninsured population,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 22, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Antoinette Siu Source Type: news

California's uninsured rate hits lowest level ever
The number of people with health insurance hit a record high in the California this year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this week. California’s uninsured rate dropped from 7.2 percent in 2016 to 6.8 percent from January to June — outpacing the federal rate for states supported by the federal insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov. “It was nice to see that California also had good company among states dramatically reduci ng their uninsured population,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 22, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Antoinette Siu Source Type: news

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Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - November 22, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Unearthed Raymond Chandler Story Rebukes U.S. Health Care System
You won ’ t find Philip Marlowe in the crime novelist ’ s short story “ It ’ s All Right — He ’ s Dead. ” But it explores themes still relevant 60 years after Chandler ’ s death. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MATTHEW HAAG Tags: Chandler, Raymond Writing and Writers Health Insurance and Managed Care Strand Magazine Medicine and Health It's All Right He Only Died (Story) Source Type: news

Trump Open to Dropping Healthcare Provision in Senate Tax Bill Trump Open to Dropping Healthcare Provision in Senate Tax Bill
U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Maryland health exchange names new executive director
Michele S. Eberle has been named the new executive director for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the organization that oversees the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace. Eberle has served as chief operating officer for the exchange since 2015. She will now take the top seat in the agency that facilitates enrollment in private health insurance and Medicaid plans for over 1.1 million Marylanders. The exchange's former chief, Carolyn A. Quattrocki, stepped down la te last year. The executive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

CMS National Training Program Learning Series Webinar
December 14, 2017 1:00-2:30pm ET. This webinar will provide an overview of Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health of people with cystic fibrosis shows positive trends in US and Canada
(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) Research comparing cystic fibrosis patients in the United States and Canada showed that, although patients' nutritional status and lung function improved in both countries from 1990 to 2013, the US improvement rate was faster. Nutritional status and lung function are related to survival in cystic fibrosis. U.S. improvements may be due to implementation of newborn screening, quality improvement initiatives for the disease and better healthcare access under the Medicaid Children's Health Insurance Program, signed into federal law in 1997. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Insurance Requirements for Grandchildren
by Dena Bunis, AARP, November 17, 2017|Comments: 0. Grandchildren Insurance. Tom Merton/Getty Images. A grandparent could be fined hundreds of dollars  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - November 21, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Signups for health insurance in Massachusetts soar 40 percent
Despite federal uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act, consumers in Massachusetts are eager to sign up for coverage, with enrollment up more than 40 percent compared to the same period a year prior. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Maryland health exchange names new executive director
Michele S. Eberle has been named the new executive director for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the organization that oversees the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace. Eberle has served as chief operating officer for the exchange since 2015. She will now take the top seat in the agency that facilitates enrollment in private health insurance and Medicaid plans for over 1.1 million Marylanders. The exchange's former chief, Carolyn A. Quattrocki, stepped down la te last year. The executive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Watching out for health care waste, fraud and abuse
When a federal grand jury in Dallas indicted a father and son in a $16 million health insurance fraud scheme earlier this year, the charges represented a mere speck in an estimated $750 billion in healthcare fraud, waste and abuse in the United States. Put into perspective, roughly 30 percent of healthcare spending was squandered on “unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, fraud, and other problems,” according to an important Institute of Medicine report. In considering the estimated… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dr. Robert Morrow Source Type: news

Paradigm Spine, LLC Announces - Highmark, Inc. Is 1st Private Payor To Issue Exclusive Positive Coverage Policy For coflex(R) Interlaminar Stabilization(R) Treatment Of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Affects 1.6 million U.S. Patients Annually Medical coverage policy issued by Highmark, Inc. and affiliates operating health insurance plans for 5.0 million members in Pennsylvania (PA), West Virginia (WV), and Delaware (DE) Exc... Devices, Orthopaedic, Neurosurgery, Reimbursement Paradigm Spine, coflex, Interlaminar Stabilization, Spinal Stenosis (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - November 20, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Centene strikes deal with Sacramento that may bring up to 5,000 jobs
The city of Sacramento has signed an agreement with health insurance company Centene Corp. that may bring up to 5,000 new jobs to the city, according to city officials. “When completed, (the agreement) will represent the single biggest private-sector job recruitment in the city’s modern history,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. The agreement is said to be a first big step toward establishing a regional corporate headquarters for Centene (NYSE: CNC) in Sacram ento. The company's main headquarters… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2017
This report provides health insurance estimates from selected states using 2017 National Health Interview Survey data. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hard to believe: Some consumers find free health insurance
A quirk in health law subsidies makes no-premium plans more widely available for 2018 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Will Cutting the Health Mandate Pay for Tax Cuts? Not Necessarily
Americans dislike the requirement that everyone have health insurance. But eliminating it doesn ’ t mean that they ’ d stop buying coverage — or accepting subsidies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATE ZERNIKE and ABBY GOODNOUGH Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Affordable Care Act Source Type: news

Sacramento strikes deal with health insurer that may bring up to 5,000 jobs
The city of Sacramento has signed an agreement with health insurance company Centene Corp. that may bring up to 5,000 new jobs to the city, according to city officials. “When completed, (the agreement) will represent the single biggest private-sector job recruitment in the city’s modern history,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. The agreement is said to be a first big step toward establishing a regional corporate headquarters for Centene (NYSE: CNC) in Sacram ento. The company's main headquarters… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 18, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Sacramento strikes deal with health insurer that may bring up to 5,000 jobs
The city of Sacramento has signed an agreement with health insurance company Centene Corp. that may bring up to 5,000 new jobs to the city, according to city officials. “When completed, (the agreement) will represent the single biggest private-sector job recruitment in the city’s modern history,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. The agreement is said to be a first big step toward establishing a regional corporate headquarters for Centene (NYSE: CNC) in Sacram ento. The company's main headquarters… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 18, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll - November 2017: The Politics of Health Insurance Coverage, ACA Open Enrollment
The latest KFF health tracking poll looks at open enrollment coverage, opinion of the ACA, and support for a Medicare buy-in proposal. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rheumatology leaders urge support for graduate student exemption & continuous health coverage
(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today expressed concerns with a provision of the House tax bill passed on Nov. 16 that would repeal the tax-exempt status for graduate student tuition waivers, and a provision included in the Senate tax bill that would repeal the individual health insurance mandate. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Latest: Senate panel approves tax overhaul bill
The Senate's Republican-led tax panel has moved toward ending the Affordable Care Act's requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs
In Virginia, premiums on policies sold under the Affordable Care Act are pushing health coverage out of reach, and customers see political forces at work. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Obama, Barack Trump, Donald J Charlottesville (Va) Source Type: news

Nearly 1.5 Million People Signed Up for Obamacare Plans So Far Nearly 1.5 Million People Signed Up for Obamacare Plans So Far
More than 800,000 people signed up for Obamacare individual health insurance plans in the second week of open enrollment, U.S. government health officials said on Wednesday, bringing the total number of sign-ups to nearly 1.5 million so far.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Senate Finance Chairman Revises Tax Plan to End Obamacare Mandate Senate Finance Chairman Revises Tax Plan to End Obamacare Mandate
The head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee proposed major changes to a Republican tax reform plan, adding a repeal of Obamacare's health insurance mandate and making corporate tax cuts permanent while ending individual cuts in 2025.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

IRS starts to enforce health law ’s rule that employers offer insurance
Thousands of businesses — many of them small or midsize — will soon receive a letter saying that they owe the government money because they failed to offer their workers qualifying health insurance. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: By Stacy Cowley Source Type: news

Improved Insurance Access Increases Elective Colon Resection Rates Improved Insurance Access Increases Elective Colon Resection Rates
A new analysis proves that the Massachusetts health insurance'experiment'resulted in better cancer care.Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news

What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care
Some have made large improvements in certain areas. What have they done to get better? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DHRUV KHULLAR Tags: States (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Medicaid Infant Mortality United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Success in the Empire State: Health Insurance Coverage Trends
Data snapshot examines trends in insurance coverage in New York State before and after the major coverage expansions of the ACA were implemented. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Consumers' market remake if 'Obamacare' mandate repealed
Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Gov't says uninsured rate holding steady
Gov't survey says 9 percent of Americans _ nearly 29 million people _ lacked health insurance in the first six months of this year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

U.S. Seniors Struggle More to Pay for Health Care Compared to Other Countries
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Insurance, Seniors' Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nearly 1.5 million people signed up for Obamacare plans so far: officials
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 800,000 people signed up for Obamacare individual health insurance plans in the second week of open enrollment, U.S. government health officials said on Wednesday, bringing the total number of sign-ups to nearly 1.5 million so far. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Nearly 1.5 million people signed up for Obamacare plans so far: CMS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 800,000 people signed up for Obamacare individual health insurance plans in the second week of open enrollment, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on Wednesday, bringing the total number of sign-ups to nearly 1.5 million so far. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

ACA mandate repeal tucked into tax bill
The Senate's version of a tax reform bill will include a provision to repeal the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, The Hill reports. By repealing the mandate, there would no longer be an incentive or penalty for people to buy insurance on the individual market. Over the next 10 years, it would save the federal government $338 billion (by paying out fewer subsidies) but decrease the number of people with health insurance by 13 m illion as healthy people drop out of the marketplace the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Betsey Guzior Source Type: news

Study Untangles Disparity in Colon Cancer Survival Rates
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Colorectal Cancer, Health Disparities, Health Insurance (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senate GOP to add Obamacare mandate repeal in tax bill
Senate Republicans say they have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. The Obamacare law requires Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty. Nancy Cordes reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 tips to help Texans prepare for open enrollment and save on health care costs
"More than 70 percent of Americans say they are prepared for open enrollment, yet most people struggle to understand basic health insurance terms, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey. Only 9 percent of survey respondents could successfully define all four basic health insurance concepts: plan premium, deductible, co-insurance and out-of-pocket maximum." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David Milich Source Type: news

Study Untangles Disparity in Colon Cancer Survival Rates
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 -- Health insurance and tumor characteristics are major reasons for the differences in colon cancer survival rates between blacks and whites in the United States, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from nearly... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 15, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

2018 Updates to the Child and Adult Core Health Care Quality Measurement Sets
This informational bulletin describes the 2018 updates to the core set of children's health care quality measures for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (the Child Core Set) and the core set of health care quality measures for adults enrolled in Medicaid (the Adult Core Set). (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Modeling the Effects of the Individual Mandate on Health Insurance Coverage
CBO discusses the theoretical and empirical basis for its estimates of the effect on health insurance coverage of repealing the individual mandate-which requires most people to have insurance or pay a penalty. These slides reprise material presented to CBO's Panel of Health Advisers in September 2017, with the addition of updated estimates published earlier this month. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Senate Republicans Tie Tax Plan to Repeal of Obamacare Mandate Senate Republicans Tie Tax Plan to Repeal of Obamacare Mandate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Senate Republicans said on Tuesday their tax-cut plan likely will be amended to include a repeal of an Obamacare rule disliked by conservatives that requires Americans to have health insurance coverage or pay a penalty.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Govt Plans N1 Billion Support to Fight HIV and Aids Through NHIs
[Guardian] The Federal Government said on Monday that it would support the fight against HIV and AIDS programmes through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - November 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Insurance linked to black-white survival disparities in colorectal cancer
(American Cancer Society) Health insurance coverage differences account for nearly one-half of the black-white survival disparity in colorectal cancer patients, according to a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 14, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Uninsured Heart Patients Often Face Daunting Bills
MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 -- A life-threatening heart emergency can spell financial doom for people who don't have health insurance, a pair of new studies shows. Around 4 out of 5 uninsured patients hospitalized for a heart attack, stroke or heart... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Repealing the Individual Health Insurance Mandate: An Updated Estimate
CBO and the JCT estimate that, by itself, repealing the mandate would reduce federal deficits by about $338 billion over the 2018-2027 period and increase the number of uninsured people by 4 million in 2019 and 13 million in 2027. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

2017 CFO of the Year: Jay Matushak, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
When Jay Matushak joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in 2015, the insurance provider was experiencing a wave of uncertainty after the rollout of the Affordable Care Act ’s health insurance marketplaces. That year, the company experienced a loss of $265 million on individual health plans. Matushak helped slow the losses and led new initiatives across the company to get it back to steadier ground. In 2016, Matushak cut the losses on individual health plans by near ly half. He introduced… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 9, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Rachel Keranen Source Type: news

5 tips to help Texans prepare for open enrollment and save on health care costs
More than 16 million Texans will soon select or switch their health benefits plan during open enrollment, so now is the time to prepare for that important decision that usually happens once a year. More than 70 percent of Americans say they are prepared for open enrollment, yet most people struggle to understand basic health insurance terms, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey. Only 9 percent of survey respondents could successfully define all four basic health insurance concepts: plan… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 9, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: David Milich Source Type: news