Appeals Court Deals Blow to Trump's Medicaid Work Rules
The Trump administration's effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care suffered a serious setback Friday when a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what's allowed by law. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 15, 2020 Category: American Health 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

Appeals court deals blow to Trump's Medicaid work rules
The Trump administration's effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care has suffered a serious setback after a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what's allowed by law (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Appeals court unanimously strikes down Medicaid work requirements
Ruling against the Trump policy, the D.C. Circuit says the Arkansas decision was “arbitrary and capricious.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Kansas leader decries attempts to tie abortion, Medicaid
A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas is disputing a key talking point for GOP colleagues who are blocking a bipartisan plan to expand the state's Medicaid program (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

US Appeals Panel Upholds Block of Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas
The Trump administration's effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care suffered a serious setback Friday when a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what's allowed by law. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 14, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Revisions of Organ Procurement Organizations Conditions of Coverage; Prior Authorization Process and Requirements for Certain Covered Outpatient Department Services; Potential Changes to the Laboratory Date of Service Policy; Changes to Grandfathered Children's Hospitals-Within-Hospitals; Notice of Closure of Two Teaching Hospitals and Opportunity To Apply for Available Slots; Correcting Amendment
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is correcting errors found in theNovember 12, 2019 issue of the Federal Register. The correction is effective February 14, 2020 and is applicable beginning January 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Accessing Treatments - United States, 2008-2018
State Medicaid programs that cover all evidence-based cessation treatments, remove barriers to accessing these treatments, and promote covered treatments to Medicaid enrollees and health care providers could reduce smoking, smoking-related disease, and smoking-attributable federal and state health care expenditures. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 13, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Smoking Tobacco Use Smoking Cessation Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-October Through December 2019
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from October through December 2019, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Minnesota's new Medicaid medical director wants to close the health opportunity gap
Dr. Nathan Chomilo is the state's Medicaid medical director, but only every other week. The rest of the time, he's a pediatrician and an internist at Methodist Hospital. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 12, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

Minnesota's new Medicaid medical director wants to close the health opportunity gap
Dr. Nathan Chomilo is the state's Medicaid medical director, but only every other week. The rest of the time, he's a pediatrician and an internist at Methodist Hospital. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carrigan Miller 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

Medicaid Expansion Meant More Poor in 'Diabetes Belt' Got Insurance
Title: Medicaid Expansion Meant More Poor in 'Diabetes Belt' Got InsuranceCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/12/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General)
Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General - February 12, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Request for Information Regarding Maternal and Infant Health Care in Rural Communities
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting public input on opportunities to improve healthcare access, quality, and outcomes for rural women and infants before, during, and after pregnancy. Additional comments regarding rural readiness to handle obstetric emergencies are also requested. Comments are due by April 12, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Missouri Finds Managing Pain Without Opioids Isn't Fast or Easy
Missouri started offering alternatives to opioids for Medicaid patients battling chronic pain and found that only a small fraction of users accessed the program. Describes how alternatives like chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapy are more time consuming forms of care and how often times, clinics are weary of accepting Medicaid as a payer. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Why Obamacare Supporters Should Favor the Trump Administration's Medicaid Block Grant Proposal
In my mind, the people that are opposing the Trump administration's block grant proposals are letting their ideology stand in the way of millions of people becoming eligible for substantial, if not optimal, Medicaid benefits. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Laszewski, Contributor 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

CMS: Medicare Program: Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Items That Require Prior Authorization as a Condition of Payment
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing updates additions to the list of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). These changes are effective January 1, 2020 and will be implemented in two phases beginning May 11, 2020 and October 8, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 11, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

What Seniors Need To Know About Trump ’s 2021 Federal Budget
President Donald Trump ’s proposed budget includes cuts to key senior programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security Disability Insurance. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elena Botella, Contributor 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

Mystery $844B pot in Trump budget signals Medicaid cuts
President Donald Trump’s budget contains a $844 billion mystery pot for his still undefined health care plan (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

OHA Director Allen outlines CCOs' cost stuggles
The Medicaid contractors have had a hard time sticking to their 3.4 percent growth target. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

OHA Director Allen outlines CCOs' cost stuggles
The Medicaid contractors have had a hard time sticking to their 3.4 percent growth target. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 10, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Uninsured Rate in Diabetes Belt Dropped With Medicaid Expansion
MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 -- Medicaid expansion driven by the Affordable Care Act was associated with greater reductions in uninsurance rates in Diabetes Belt versus non-Belt counties, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Diabetes... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Items That Require Prior Authorization as a Condition of Payment
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing updates additions to the list of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). These changes are effective January 1, 2020 and will be implemented in two phases. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Basic Health Program; Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2021
Notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the proposed methodology and data sources to be used in determining program year 2021 federal payment amounts to states establishing a Basic Health Program offering benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Comments on the proposed methodology are due by March 11, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Kansas anti-abortion measure fails; Medicaid plan targeted
Republican lawmakers in Kansas have failed to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Gov. Kate Brown, OHA director say Trump proposal would devastate Medicaid
Gov. Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen are asking the Trump administration to reconsider a proposed regulation they say could lead to large cuts in Medicaid. They sent letters to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, denouncing the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation as “clear overreach” that will bring dramatic, negative side effects to Oregon and other states. Brown and Gov. Charlie Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 7, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Gov. Kate Brown, OHA director say Trump proposal would devastate Medicaid
Gov. Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen are asking the Trump administration to reconsider a proposed regulation they say could lead to large cuts in Medicaid. They sent letters to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, denouncing the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation as “clear overreach” that will bring dramatic, negative side effects to Oregon and other states. Brown and Gov. Charlie Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 7, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Statement from Richard Besser, MD, on Medicaid Block Grant Guidance
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued a statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s Healthy Adult Opportunity initiative announcement. (Source: RWJF - News Releases)
Source: RWJF - News Releases - February 7, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Tags: Health Care Quality and Value Health Care Coverage and Access Source Type: news

Study Finds'No Clear Rationale' for 45% of Antibiotic Prescriptions
FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2020 -- Nearly half of antibiotic prescriptions for Medicaid patients appear to be inappropriate, new research suggests. That kind of overprescribing raises risks for everyone, experts say, as bacteria gain more chances to mutate... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 7, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Basic Health Program; Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2021
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the proposed methodology and data sources to be used in determining program year 2021 federal payment amounts to states establishing a Basic Health Program offering benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Comments on the proposed methodology are due within 30 days of this publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for February 10, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 7, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Application and Survey and Certification Report which is used for the certification and recertification of ESRD facilities; 2) Hospital Survey for Specified Covered Outpatient Drugs (SCODs) which will be used to help determine payment amounts for drugs acquired under the 340B program; 3) the PACE Organization Application Process in 42 CFR Part 460; and 4) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Eligibility for Exemptions. Comments are due by March 9, ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 7, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Risk factors and outcomes of opioid users with and without concurrent benzodiazepine use in the North Carolina Medicaid population - Hung A, Bush C, Greiner M, Campbell H, Hammill B, Maciejewski ML, McKethan A.
BACKGROUND: Concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines is associated with increased risk of opioid overdose and death. Clinical guidelines recommend against this practice and quality measures incentivize plans to minimize concurrent use. OBJECTI... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Jefferson, CityLife Health partner to help Medicaid patients
Jefferson Health has entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with CityLife Health aimed at improving health outcomes for Medicaid recipients in Philadelphia. The organizations plan to work together to provide better access to affordable care in low-income communities. The first step in that process will be establishing a CityLife Health clinic at Jefferson Frankford Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia. The clinic is expected to open during the first qua rter of 2020. CityLife Health, part… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Home Visits for Children With Asthma Reduce Medicaid Costs
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Governors warn Trump rule could lead to big Medicaid cuts
Governors of both major political parties are warning that a little-noticed regulation proposed by the Trump administration could lead to big cuts in Medicaid (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Application and Survey and Certification Report which is used for the certification and recertification of ESRD facilities; 2) Hospital Survey for Specified Covered Outpatient Drugs (SCODs) which will be used to help determine payment amounts for drugs acquired under the 340B program; 3) the PACE Organization Application Process in 42 CFR Part 460; and 4) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Eligibility for Exemptions. Comments are ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Contract Year 2021 and 2022 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicaid Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising regulations for Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D), Medicaid, Medicare Cost Plan, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Changes are intended to reduce "red tape" to allow providers adequate time for patient care. Includes rural implications throughout, including those impacting Medicare Advantage and Cost Plan Network adequacy and Part D pharmacy performance measures, among other things. Comments on the proposed changes are due by April 6, 2020. (Source: Federal...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021; Notice Requirement for Non-Federal Governmental Plans
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services setting parameters for risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges. Proposes changes in essential health benefits and adds flexibility to the operation of insurance exchanges; updates cost-sharing policies for prescription drug costs; and more. Comments on the proposed rule are due on March 2, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Will Provide Better Coverage, More Access and Improved Transparency for Medicare Beneficiaries
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule and the Advance Notice Part II to modernize the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs. Some proposed changes would lower beneficiary cost sharing on some drugs and require Part D plans to offer price comparison tools. CMS is accepting comments on all proposals in the Advance Notice until March 6, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Coordinated care organization discloses data breach affecting more than 600,000 people
A laptop containing personal information of Health Share of Oregon members was stolen from the organization ’s nonemergency transportation provider in November, Health Share announced. Health Share, a coordinated care organization with more than 300,000 Medicaid clients in the Portland metro area, learned of the breach on Jan. 2. The CCO issued a news release Wednesday saying that the stolen laptop was from GridWorks’ office on Nov. 18. More than 654,000 individuals’ personal information was… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Coordinated care organization discloses data breach affecting more than 600,000 people
A laptop containing personal information of Health Share of Oregon members was stolen from the organization ’s nonemergency transportation provider in November, Health Share announced. Health Share, a coordinated care organization with more than 300,000 Medicaid clients in the Portland metro area, learned of the breach on Jan. 2. The CCO issued a news release Wednesday saying that the stolen laptop was from GridWorks’ office on Nov. 18. More than 654,000 individuals’ personal information was… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 5, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes 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

Community health worker program yields $2.47 for every $1 invested annually by Medicaid
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Every dollar spent on patients receiving support from Penn Medicine's community health worker (CHW) program resulted in an annual return on investment (ROI) of $2.47 for every dollar invested annually by Medicaid, according to a new study published online today in Health Affairs. The savings are generated by reducing hospitalizations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Many Antibiotic Rx Filled Without Infection-Related Diagnosis
TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2020 -- Large proportions of antibiotic prescriptions for Medicaid patients are filled without evidence of infection-related diagnoses or clinician visits, according to a report published in the February issue of Health... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Arizona hospitals mull assessment to open doors to $1B in Medicaid reimbursement
For years, hospitals have bemoaned a state Medicaid program that doesn't fully reimburse them for health services. Now, they have a plan in place to make up for that shortfall. Here's how it would work. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Angela Gonzales 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

Medicaid expansion slashed uninsured rates in Diabetes Belt, study finds
(University of Virginia Health System) The Diabetes Belt is a swath of 644 counties across 15 southeastern states that are stricken with high diabetes rates. Improving access to care could help prevent or slow the progression of the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news