Characteristics of the Remaining Uninsured
This paper reviews data on who the uninsured are, estimated how many more of them likely could be enrolled under current law, and identified strategies most likely to reach them. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care - July 12, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Blumberg LJ Tags: Health Care Coverage and Access National Source Type: news

Foundation awards grants to two Triad clinics, another in Triangle
The CVS Health Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Free& Charitable Clinics, has awarded $60,000 in grants to free and charitable clinics in Reidsville, Elkin and Raleigh. The Reidsville-based Free Clinic of Rockingham County will use its $20,000 grant to support Bridges to Health, which helps uninsured patients with hypertension or uncontrolled diabetes. The clinic was founded in May 1998 by Dr. Paul A. Mabe, Jr., a retired physician, and a long range planning com mittee… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rebecca Ayers Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion and the Louisiana Economy (March 2018)
Report outlines the impact of Medicaid expansion on Louisiana's uninsured rate and the state's budget and economy. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Troublesome News: Numbers Of Uninsured On The Rise
The numbers of uninsured in the U.S. are rising again. This is a disturbing trend, given that access to healthcare is associated with better health outcomes and a more equitable healthcare system. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Source Type: news

Insurance and Access to Care in Urban and Rural Areas, 2014-2015
In 2014-2015, the percentage uninsured among those under age 65 did not differ between metro and non-metro residents. Non-metro residents were, however, more likely to have public insurance and less likely to have private insurance than their metro counterparts. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GMR Funds a Womens Health Education Series at Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library
Jamie Paicely, Library Director Jamie Paicely, Director of Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library in Steger, Illinois, received funding for Women’s Health Wednesdays, a series of one-hour community health sessions for women. Background: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library is located in a racially diverse community: 45% White, 25% Black or African American, and 25% Hispanic or Latino. “Our library users tend to be mostly black and Hispanic.” The community also is low-income. “Our school district is 76.82% free or reduced lunch students.” Jamie wants to increase her patrons&rsq...
Source: The Cornflower - June 25, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Darlene Kaskie Tags: Blog Consumer Health Funding News from the Region Outreach Public Libraries Success Stories public libraries and health Source Type: news

No Insurance? No Problem, Pinnacle Internal Medicine Says
When Pinnacle Internal Medicine opens its doors on Sept. 4, it won’t ask patients for their insurance cards. The Little Rock doctors’ clinic doesn’t take them. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - June 25, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Catastrophic Health Expenditure Risk Among Trauma Patients Catastrophic Health Expenditure Risk Among Trauma Patients
Uninsured patients admitted for trauma are at risk for severe financial hardship due to medical costs.Annals of Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Health Insurance Coverage by Occupation Among Adults Health Insurance Coverage by Occupation Among Adults
Are workers in certain occupations more likely to be uninsured? Did this change significantly after the ACA went into effect in 2014?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor ’ s Office
Gaming disorder is being recognized for the first time by the World Health Organization. But of the few treatment options available, most are uninsured and unproven. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TIFFANY HSU Tags: Computer and Video Games Mental Health and Disorders Addiction (Psychology) Therapy and Rehabilitation World Health Organization Source Type: news

CEO of San Jos é Clinic accepts position at UH’s new medical school
The University of Houston has secured a local businesswoman with more than 20 years of experience in health care in Houston to lead its business operations at its upcoming college of medicine. Paule Anne Lewis is stepping down as CEO and president of San José Clinic, a facility that provides affordable health services to the uninsured, and will become the associate vice president of business operations at UH’s medical school, a spokesperson with the university confirmed. Her first da y at the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jen Para Source Type: news

In This Issue
One expected benefit of implementation of the Affordable Care Act was that publicly funded family planning providers would be seeing fewer uninsured patients and therefore would be able to obtain reimbursement for more of the services they render. Indeed, the proportion of patients at Title X –funded sites who have some kind of health insurance has grown since the act went into effect. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Express Scripts partners with company behind self-service pharmacy kiosks
Express Scripts said Wednesday it will collaborate with a health care technology company behind self-service pharmacy kiosks. According to the pharmaceutical giant, the company’s partnership with MedAvail, is to provide automated pharmacy machines that give insured, underinsured and uninsured patients a more affordable and convenient pharmacy option. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Dr. Glen Stettin, chief inn ovation officer at Express Scripts, said the partnership will strengthen customers’… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

Western New York groups receive $3.5M for cancer prevention
Western New York has received a commitment for $3.5 million in state funding over five years to support cancer prevention and early detection programs. The funds come from a $43.8 million allocation statewide through the New York State Cancer Services Program, which aims to reduce disparities in breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer incidence and mortality through free cancer screening for uninsured and underinsured, low-income populations.  The bulk of funding supports the disparities program,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups
Significant drop in prevalence of uninsured from 2013 to 2014; variation by occupation in both years (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 6, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups
WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 -- The prevalence of being uninsured varies by occupational groups, according to research published in the June 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Winifred... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medicaid or No Insurance Tied to Higher Death Risk in HCV
(MedPage Today) -- All public plans lead to higher mortality rates, according to 10-year study (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 5, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Despite risk of breast cancer, few men undergo genetic tests, study finds
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Americans. At least 10 percent of cancers are caused by inherited mutations in genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2. Parents with the cancer gene mutation have a 50 percent chance of passing it on to a son or daughter. It ’s well-known that women with BRCA are at a very high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Less known is the fact that men with these mutations also are at risk of breast cancer and other cancers.Astudy published in April in JAMA Oncology finds that few men are screened for these genetic mutations — and the researchers strongly suggest that they be sc...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 31, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Health Insurance Coverage by Occupation Among Adults Aged 18-64 Years - 17 States, 2013-2014
During 2014, 12.7% of workers aged 18-64 years were uninsured (21% decline from 2013); declines occurred in all demographic groups. By occupational group, the 2014 prevalence of not having health insurance ranged from 37.0% (building and grounds cleaning and maintenance) to 2.7% (community and social services; and education, training, and library). (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Emergency Room Prices: They Are Outrageous, But I Am Not Blaming ER Clinicians
Solutions to fix the high prices emergency rooms charge patients should include legislation to regulate costs for uninsured and out-of-network patients and legislation to expand insurance coverage in the United States. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

From data analytics to drug discounts? Triad firm launches prescription plan
With high prescription drug prices facing more scrutiny nationwide, one Winston-Salem company is starting a subscription-based program that it says will curb out-of-pocket expenses for consumers buying medicines. Inmar, a data analytics firm, has launched a membership-based program, called LifeInCheck, to provide the uninsured, underinsured and those with high-deductible health plans with discounted medication. “Many people today struggle to combat ever-increasing prescription drug prices,”… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Uninsured Rate Stays Flat at Nearly 30 Million
(MedPage Today) -- Figure is a decrease of 19 million from 2010 (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in U.S. in 2017
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- Overall, 9.1 percent of individuals in the United States were uninsured in 2017, which was not significantly different from the level in 2016, according to a report published online May 22 by the U.S. Centers for Disease... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Uninsured Rate Rises in 17 States in 2017
The uninsured rate rose by statistically significant margins in 17 states in 2017, the first time since the full implementation of the major mechanisms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014 that any state had a rate increase. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Potential Effects of Public Charge Changes on Health Coverage for Citizen Children
This brief provides an overview of citizen children with a noncitizen parent potentially affected by the changes and analyzes three Medicaid/CHIP disenrollment scenarios to illustrate how the changes could potentially affect their health coverage and uninsured rate. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Millions more Americans are going without health insurance
The annual report by The Commonwealth Fund found that the number of uninsured Americans rose from 12.7 percent in 2016 to 15.5 percent in March 2018 - particularly in the south of America. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Americans are going without health insurance
Since hitting a post-Obamacare low in 2016, the ranks of uninsured are climbing again -- by 4 million as of March (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Migraine Care Challenges in Uninsured and Underinsured Adults Migraine Care Challenges in Uninsured and Underinsured Adults
What unique challenges and barriers to care do migraneurs on Medicaid, or who are underinsured or uninsured face?Headache (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Insurance gains under ACA starting to erode
A new survey from the Commonwealth Fund finds that the gains in insurance coverage from the Affordable Care Act are starting to erode. The uninsured rate among working-age people, between the ages of 19 and 64, stands at 15.5 percent nationwide, up from 12.7 percent in 2016, translating to about 4 million people losing coverage, according to the Commonwealth Fund ACA Tracking Survey. The drivers of the coverage declines are two- fold, Commonwealth researchers found: The lack of federal legislative… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Insurance gains under ACA starting to erode
A new survey from the Commonwealth Fund finds that the gains in insurance coverage from the Affordable Care Act are starting to erode. The uninsured rate among working-age people, between the ages of 19 and 64, stands at 15.5 percent nationwide, up from 12.7 percent in 2016, translating to about 4 million people losing coverage, according to the Commonwealth Fund ACA Tracking Survey. The drivers of the coverage declines are two- fold, Commonwealth researchers found: The lack of federal legislative… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 2, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Health Insurers: Trump's Short-Term Plans Will Trigger Loss Of Coverage
Health insurance companies say the number of uninsured and under-insured Americans would rise thanks to the Trump administration ’s proposal to introduce into the market cheaper short-term plans with skimpier benefits. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:CNC NYSE:ANTM NYSE:CI Source Type: news

Colon Cancer Survival Varies by Insurance Type
Patients with Medicaid or no insurance have lower survival versus those with private coverage (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - April 20, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Colon Cancer Survival Varies by Insurance Type
FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 -- Compared to patients with private insurance, colon cancer survival is lower for patients with no insurance or with Medicaid, according to a study published in the May issue of Diseases of the Colon& Rectum. Dianne... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Most Doctors' Offices Don't Offer Flexibility for Uninsured
MONDAY, April 16, 2018 -- Most physician offices do not offer up-front payment flexibility or low-income discounts to uninsured people, according to a study published in the April issue of Health Affairs. Brendan Saloner, Ph.D., from Johns Hopkins... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Uninsured Struggle to Obtain, Afford Doctor Appointments Uninsured Struggle to Obtain, Afford Doctor Appointments
Without some kind of health insurance, getting an appointment with a primary care doctor, and being able to pay in full or over time remains a challenge for millions in the U.S., a recent study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Uninsured struggle to obtain, afford doctor appointments
(Reuters Health) - Without some kind of health insurance, getting an appointment with a primary care doctor, and being able to pay in full or over time remains a challenge for millions in the U.S., a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The Opioid Epidemic and Medicaid's Role in Facilitating Access to Treatment
Based on data from the 2016 NSDUH, this brief describes nonelderly adults with opioid addiction, including their demographic characteristics and insurance statuses, and compares receipt of various treatment services among those with Medicaid to those with private insurance and those who are uninsured. It also describes Medicaid financing for opioid treatment and the ways in which Medicaid promotes access to treatment for enrollees with opioid addiction. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CVS offers discount to uninsured for overdose reversal drug
CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) announced yesterday that it plans to offer a discount for Narcan, the nasal spray designed to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, to customers who do not have insurance. The company said it will cut the cost of Narcan from its list price of $125 to $94.99 – the lowest price available for uninsured consumers, according to CVS. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post CVS offers discount to uninsured for overdose reversal drug appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - April 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Adapt Pharma CVS Health Kaleo Inc Source Type: news

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Naloxone
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives. Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Thursday morning, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued his office's first national public health advisory in 13 years. Adams said he hopes those who are at risk — as well as their friends and family members — will keep the antidote on hand and learn how to use it. "You don't have to be a policeman or a firefighter or a paramedic to save a life," said...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: R.J. Rico, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Naloxone
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives. Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Thursday morning, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued his office's first national public health advisory in 13 years. Adams said he hopes those who are at risk — as well as their friends and family members — will keep the antidote on hand and learn how to use it. "You don't have to be a policeman or a firefighter or a paramedic to save a life," said...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: R.J. Rico, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Naloxone
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives. Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Thursday morning, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued his office's first national public health advisory in 13 years. Adams said he hopes those who are at risk — as well as their friends and family members — will keep the antidote on hand and learn how to use it. "You don't have to be a policeman or a firefighter or a paramedic to save a life," said...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: R.J. Rico, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

PPA celebrates 13 years of helping patients access their medicines
As of 2018, 13 is no longer an unlucky number, especially when it comes to health. This April, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) is celebrating 13 years of connecting people who are uninsured and/or have limited health care coverage with public and private patient assistance programs that could provide them with the medicines they need for free or nearly free. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - April 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Access patient assistance program Partnership for Prescription Assistance Source Type: news

Gruesome footage shows an 'excited' niece popping her uncle's cyst
WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT: James Woods, of Texas, was refused treatment to drain his cyst at his local medical facility because he had no insurance. His niece Jennifer volunteered. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Insurance Coverage, 2008 - 2016
This animated map series presents national maps of the percent-uninsured population under age 65 at the county level from 2008 to 2016. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - March 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

340B Spotlight: How much money are hospitals pocketing under 340B and what are they doing with those profits?
The once little-known 340B drug discount program, which was designed to help low-income, uninsured or otherwise vulnerable patients access prescription medicines at safety-net facilities, is now a trending topic in health care discussions. Everyone is asking questions – What is 340B, and who participates? Is it really helping patients, or is it being exploited to serve as a profit center? Is the program’s dramatic growth having unintended consequences throughout the rest of the health care system?  (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - March 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: 340B hospitals 340B Spotlight Source Type: news

Medical Bankruptcies Are Not as Common as Previously Thought, Study Finds
Medical bills can push patients over the financial cliff, but a new study says this may not happen as often as previous research suggests. Hospitalizations cause only about 4 percent of personal bankruptcies among non-elderly U.S. adults, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. This contrasts with previous research by former Harvard professor and current U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others that pointed to medical reasons as the trigger for more than 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies. In the new study, researchers tracked the credit reports of more than a half million adults unde...
Source: TIME: Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tom Murphy / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH Bankruptcy healthytime onetimea Source Type: news

Pharmacy deal with Publix helps grow BayCare ’s bottom line in 2017
Surpluses allow nonprofit health organizations to reinvest in new programs and equipment, to expand their staff, and to provide care for the uninsured and under-insured. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Margie Manning Source Type: news