Medicare-for-All could upend Minnesota — economically and politically
Minnesota has the highest percentage of health insurance-related and med-tech jobs in the country. So what happens if a presidential candidate wants to do away with private health insurance? That's the question posed by a Bloomberg report that looks at the Minnesota's reliance on the health sector — roughly 14 percent of Minnesotans work in health care or insurance carriers — and how those workers could figure in the coming presidential election. Donald Trump lost Minnesota to Hi lary Clinton… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

Kenya: Just How Did NHIF Spend Sh6bn in Reserve Funds?
[Nation] National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) officials announced earlier this week that they would adopt austerity measures to keep the insurer afloat, but insiders are wondering what happened to about Sh6 billion it held in reserve for turbulent times, such as these. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 20, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Palliative Care Should Be Included in National Health Insurance Scheme - PCAU
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -The Palliative Care Association of Uganda -PCAU, has asked parliament to consider incorporating a provision on palliative care services in the proposed National Health Insurance Bill, 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Health System We ’d Have if Economists Ran Things
A survey of nearly 200 Ph.D. health economists finds them taking a few politically unpopular positions. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 19, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Austin Frakt Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Polls and Public Opinion Medicaid Medicare United States Economy Economics (Theory and Philosophy) Source Type: news

California loosens its individual mandate for health insurance
Uninsured Californians still have time to avoid a penalty for not having healthcare if they sign up through Covered California by March 31. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melody Gutierrez Source Type: news

The Public Option: Medicare For All, Part One
The chaotic Iowa Caucus had one clear winner —government-run health care. A majority of voters favor a public option as a more moderate alternative to Medicare for All. But the public option would also result in a government takeover of the health insurance market, albeit over a longer timeline. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sally Pipes, Contributor Source Type: news

Nigeria: Senate Mulls Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme for Nigerians
[This Day] Abuja -The Senate has called on the federal government to evolve a mandatory health insurance scheme for all Nigerians. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Senate Wants Mandatory Health Insurance for All Nigerians
[Daily Trust] The Senate yesterday called for mandatory health insurance for all Nigerians irrespective of their social status. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical cannabis and cannabis-based medicines: an appeal to doctors, journalists, health insurance companies and politicians for responsible treatment - Hauser W, Hoch E, Petzke F, Thomasius R, Radbruch L, Batra A, Sommer C, Havemann-Reinecke U.
On the basis of the law on "amendment of narcotics law and other regulations" of 06.03.2017, doctors of all disciplines without special qualification can use cannabis flowers (so-called medicinal hemp) and cannabis-based medicines in Prescribe Germany. The... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on a new computer matching program between CMS and the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Services (IRS) entitled "Verification of Household Income and Family Size for Insurance Affordability Programs and Exemptions." The program allows CMS and the IRS to use data to determine an individual's health plan eligibility through a federal or state-based health insurance exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determin...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Health System We ’d Have if Economists Ran Things
A survey of nearly 200 Ph.D. health economists finds them taking a few politically unpopular positions. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 18, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Austin Frakt Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Polls and Public Opinion Medicaid Medicare United States Economy Economics (Theory and Philosophy) Source Type: news

Length of stay in relation to the risk of inpatient and post-discharge suicides: a national health insurance claim data study - Tseng MM, Chang CH, Liao SC, Yeh YC.
This study aimed to compare the predictors of suicides among psychiatric inpatients and recently discharged patients and to examine the association between the length of stay and suicides. METHODS: Data from psychiatric inpatients were ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Posttraumatic Parkinsonism would increase the mortality risk in elderly patients with traumatic brain injury - Harnod D, Yen YS, Lin CL, Harnod T, Kao CH.
BACKGROUND: We used data from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan to determine whether patients who develop posttraumatic parkinsonism (PTP) after traumatic brain injury (TBI) have an increased mortality risk. METHODS:... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Appeals Court Rejects Trump Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas
The ruling, written by a Reagan appointee, said the administration failed to show how such rules would help Medicaid to meet its mission of covering the poor. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Goodnough Tags: States (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicaid Decisions and Verdicts Poverty Labor and Jobs Suits and Litigation (Civil) Arkansas Boasberg, James E United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

China Pushes for Cheaper Health Insurance Products to Battle Virus - Sources China Pushes for Cheaper Health Insurance Products to Battle Virus - Sources
China is nudging insurers to work on cheaper medical cover linked to the coronavirus and is assuring them of fast-track approval for these new products, people with knowledge of the matter said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - February 14, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

China pushes for cheaper health insurance products to battle virus: sources
China is nudging insurers to work on cheaper medical cover linked to the coronavirus and is assuring them of fast-track approval for these new products, people with knowledge of the matter said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Pregnant Women With Medicaid Less Likely to Get Recommended Vaccines Pregnant Women With Medicaid Less Likely to Get Recommended Vaccines
Pregnant women who rely on state-administered Medicaid health insurance programs are far less likely to receive recommended vaccines that could protect them and their babies, compared to those with private coverage, a study from Florida suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 12, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Fewer American Families Weighed Down by Medical Bills
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 -- The number of people struggling to pay their medical bills declined dramatically during the last decade, as the Affordable Care Act expanded health insurance coverage and financial protection for the sick. The percentage... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 12, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

A $4 Million NICU Bill: The Price of Prematurity
As the number of preterm births rises, families are shouldering unexpected out-of-pocket expenses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Caron Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Babies and Infants Premature Babies Families and Family Life Medicaid Parenting Hospitals Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion Meant More Poor in'Diabetes Belt' Got Insurance
TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020 -- There was a steep drop in the number of low-income people without health insurance in so-called Diabetes Belt states that expanded Medicaid, a new study shows. The Diabetes Belt is a swath of 644 U.S. counties across 15... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 11, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

In Trump ’s Budget, Big Health Care Cuts but Few Details
The president ’s proposal can be read as a second-term policy blueprint. On the future of the Affordable Care Act, it’s awfully vague. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Federal Budget (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Medicare United States Politics and Government Presidential Election of 2020 Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Pregnant women with Medicaid less likely to get recommended vaccines
Pregnant women who rely on state-administered Medicaid health insurance programs are far less likely to receive recommended vaccines that could protect them and their babies, compared to those with private coverage, a study from Florida suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Many in U.S. worry about affording healthcare in retirement
(Reuters Health) - Nearly half of Americans aged 50 to 64 worry they won't be able to afford healthcare when they retire, while more than two-thirds are concerned that federal policy changes will affect their current health insurance, a new survey finds. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Retirement Health Costs Posing Major Worry For Nearly Half Of Workers 50-64
“Individuals with low confidence in health insurance affordability were more likely than those with higher confidence to avoid medical care and medications, the authors from the Institute of Health Policy& Innovation at the University of Michigan wrote. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ted Knutson, Contributor Source Type: news

Seniors Have Concerns About Affording Health Insurance
MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 -- Many adults aged 50 to 64 years are concerned about their ability to afford health insurance, according to a study published online Feb. 7 in JAMA Network Open. Renuka Tipirneni, M.D., from the University of Michigan in Ann... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria: Kaduna Health Insurance Scheme Enrols 12,000 Persons in One Week
[Daily Trust] One week into the commencement of enrolment of participants into the Kaduna State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, 12,000 persons have been registered to have access to health services. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A Quarter of Middle-Aged Americans Worry They Can't Afford Health Care
FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2020 -- A large fraction of Americans nearing retirement age are worried they can't afford health insurance now, much less when they quit working to enjoy the good life, a new survey shows. One in every four people between 50 and 64... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 7, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Viewpoint: Why we should all hate health insurance
Looking at just about any metric it ’s clear that, nationwide, Americans pay more for insurance that covers less and produces lower-quality outcomes than any other developed country. As such, Democrats and Republicans continue to fight over health care heading into the 2020 election, and each candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination is currently proposing a different way to deal with America’s ballooning medical debt and skyrocketing health care costs. Regardless of your politics, there’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 7, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Nathan Ryan Source Type: news

Do I Need Permission to Breathe? – A Migrant Woman ’ s Story
Although women and girls account for a far smaller share of total homicides than men, they bear by far the greatest burden of intimate partner/family‐related homicide, and intimate partner homicide. Source: UNODC reportBy Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Feb 7 2020 (IPS) “I soiled my pants, I could feel the wetness seeping into my waistband, my eyes started to become blurry. Only the sound of the blaring television assured me that I was still alive. I tried to stop thinking and make my mind go completely blank. Over the years I have adapted and now I can make my mind go numb. But the only nagging question ringing on my mind d...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Middle-aged adults worried about health insurance costs now, uncertain for future
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Health insurance costs weigh heavily on the minds of many middle-aged adults, and many are worried for what they'll face in retirement or if federal health policies change, according to a new study.More than a quarter of people in their 50s and early 60s lack confidence that they'll be able to afford health insurance in the next year, and the number goes up to nearly half when they look ahead to retirement. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Possible Strategy for Fending Off Surprise Medical Bills
Writing in payment limits when signing hospital forms might provide some leverage over disputes that arise from surprise medical bills, some proponents suggest. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Tags: Law and Legislation Emergency Medical Treatment Health Insurance and Managed Care Hospitals Source Type: news

Kenya: Medical Insurance Firms Cut Links With Nairobi Women's Hospital
[Nation] All health insurance providers have suspended services at Nairobi Women's Hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Suit: Failed Nursing Homes' Operators Stole from Employees
The former operators of a failed multi-state nursing home chain stole more than $2 million from employees' paychecks that was supposed to pay for their health insurance, according to a lawsuit. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 6, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Suit: Failed nursing homes' operators stole from employees
A lawsuit claims the former operators of a failed multi-state nursing home chain stole more than $2 million from employees' paychecks that was supposed to pay for their health insurance (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Profitability in the Health Care Market Has Never Been Better
Health care industry profits have never been better while those in the Obamacare individual health insurance market suffer with extraordinarily high premiums. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Laszewski, Contributor Source Type: news

Medicaid expansions are linked to lower out-of-pocket spending for recipients
FINDINGSOut-of-pocket spending fell an average of 28% for people enrolled in Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for low-income people, during the first four years of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. The likelihood that Medicaid recipients would experience a catastrophic medical expense fell by 4.7% during the four-year study period, the researchers found.BACKGROUNDMedicaid is a state and federal health insurance program for low-income people. Under the Affordable Care Act, state Medicaid programs were expanded in 36 states and the District of Columbia to make health insurance ava...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 5, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Kenya: Overhaul NHIF, or Just Forget the Universal Health Coverage Dream
[Nation] What best captures the poverty of new ideas of Kenya's political class? It is what to do with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 5, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Future of Health Care in Rwanda Starts with a Strong Government Partnership
By Samson Radeny, Chief of party, Ingobyi Project, Rwanda ; Katherine Seaton, Editorial Officer Photo by Charles Harris for IntraHealth International.February 13, 2020Just a decade ago, Rwanda struggled to provide high-quality health services. But when the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals pushed for change, Rwanda was focused, proactive, and determined to provide better for its 12 million people. Now, the country is an example of how hopes for better health care can become a reality.In the past two decades, the maternal mortality rate in Rwanda hasdropped from 1,071 to 210 deaths per 100,000 live births&n...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Infectious Diseases Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Digital Health Leadership and Governance IntraHealth ' s 40th Anniversary Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Two million Americans lost health coverage/access in Trump's first year
Over the course of 2017, positive trends in insurance coverage and healthcare access from the Affordable Care Act reversed, particularly for low-income residents of states that did not expand Medicaid. A new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study finds that two million more Americans avoided health care because of inability to pay, and/or did not have health insurance, at the end of 2017 compared to the end of 2016. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - February 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Released Rs 3,520 crore in last two years to states under AB-PMJAY: Health Minister
​Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Health minister Harsh Vardhan said the reasons for slow utilization of funds allocated under the health insurance scheme was because four states - West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha and Delhi - which account for 20 per cent of the eligible beneficiary population , were not implementing the scheme. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Would Your Wages Rise Under ‘Medicare for All’?
Research suggests the answer is yes, but not in all cases, and with significant differences across jobs and labor markets. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Austin Frakt Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Wages and Salaries Employee Fringe Benefits Medicare Source Type: news

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy and Novel Coronavirus
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Published: 2/2020. In light of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing this four-page bulletin to ensure that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an outbreak of infectious disease or other emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk
Pharmacists across the U.S. warn that the push to do more with less has made medication errors more likely. “I am a danger to the public,” one wrote to a regulator. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ellen Gabler Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Accidents and Safety Drugstores CVS Caremark Corporation Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Health Insurance and Managed Care Walgreen Co. Medicine and Health Source Type: news

Obamacare May Have Boosted Jobs, Education for Poor
FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 -- The Affordable Care Act might have done more than provide more Americans with health insurance: New research suggests accompanying expansions in Medicaid may be linked to higher numbers of low-income people having jobs or... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 31, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Jump in employment seen among Medicaid expansion enrollees, especially the most vulnerable
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Getting covered by health insurance may have a major impact on a low-income person's ability to get a job or enroll in school, according to a new study that gives the first direct look at the relationship between the two.The percentage of low-income people enrolled in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program who had jobs or were enrolled in school jumped six points in one year. That outpaced employment gains among the state's general population. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

1.5 lakh Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness Centres to be set up by 2022: Survey
Primary healthcare accounts for 52.1 per cent of India's current public expenditure on health as per the National Health Estimates, 2016-17. "Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), the world's largest health insurance scheme, is a major step towards providing affordable healthcare to the identified poor," the Survey said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These 10 Trends will Define Digital Health in the Next Decade
By Wayan Vota, Director of digital health Smartphones have revolutionized the way health workers do business. Photo by Clement Tardif for IntraHealth International.January 30, 2020It’s been ten years since the first truly affordablesmartphone was introduced and unleashed a transformation across the African continent. These days, over 40% of all Africans use smartphones, and the technology generates 8.6% of GDP insub-Saharan Africa.But the tech transformation hasn’t stopped with telecommunications. The field of digital health has expanded, too. To kick off 2020, IntraHealth International’sdigital healt...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health Technology Source Type: news

Trump Administration Unveils a Major Shift in Medicaid
States will be able to cap a portion of spending for the safety-net program, a change likely to diminish the number of people receiving health benefits through it. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Goodnough Tags: Medicaid States (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Poverty Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Verma, Seema your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news