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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

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

Annual Updates on Eligibility Rules, Enrollment and Renewal Procedures, and Cost-Sharing Practices in Medicaid and CHIP
Since 2000, the Kaiser Family Foundation's Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured has issued regular updates examining changes and trends in the eligibility rules, enrollment and renewal procedures and cost-sharing practices in Medicaid and CHIP. All reports are freely accessible. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - March 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Reform and Changes in Health Insurance Coverage in 2017 (March 2018)
More than 20 percent of the gains in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) disappeared by the end of 2017. The uninsured rate for nonelderly adults increased by 1.3 percentage points in 2017, after decreasing by 6.3 percentage points between 2013-2016, after the full implementation of the ACA. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

County Health Rankings: What's New for 2018
The ninth annual County Health Rankings are now live. New for this year: updated data on the leading causes of death, easy-to-find demographic breakdowns, and trend graphs for uninsured measures. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - March 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Reform and Changes in Health Insurance Coverage in 2017
Analysis of uninsured rates shows an increase in the number of uninsured non-elderly adults in 2017, after a decrease between 2013-2016, after the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care - March 14, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Sommers BD Tags: Health Coverage National Source Type: news

Parent mentors improve Latino children's health insurance coverage rates
(University of Connecticut) Latino children have the highest uninsured rate in the United States. However, new study findings in the March issue of Health Affairs show parent mentors are highly effective at providing uninsured Latino children with health insurance coverage. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Aetna CEO on proposed $69 billion acquisition by CVS
New government data shows nearly 29 million Americans do not have health insurance. Twenty-two million of those who do have medical insurance use Aetna. That number could soar if regulators and shareholders approve CVS Health's $69 billion acquisition of the health insurer. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how the merger could impact Americans. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Do Medicaid/CHIP Children with Special Health Care Needs Differ from Those with Private Insurance?
This issue brief compares the demographics, health status, access to care, and coverage affordability of Medicaid/CHIP children with special health care needs to those with private insurance and those who are uninsured. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More Americans Pushed Into High-Deductible Health Plans
THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- The number of uninsured American adults held steady at about 13 percent in 2017, but many more insured Americans are being presented with high deductibles, new research shows. A high-deductible health plan was defined by... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 22, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Providing Care to Those Who Can't Get It Anywhere Else
Sarah Nosal, M.D., has devoted her career to giving uninsured patients " the care and respect they deserve " and passing those values on to the medical students she trains. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Affordable Care Act lowered uninsured rate for cancer survivors
(Wolters Kluwer Health) The percentage of cancer survivors without health insurance decreased substantially after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reports a study in the March issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 15, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Undocumented Woman Cleared For Liver Transplant After Oregon Hospital Rolls Back ‘Archaic’ Policy
An Oregon hospital has eliminated an “archaic” policy that would have barred an undocumented Portland resident from getting a lifesaving liver transplant. Silvia Lesama-Santos, a mother of four who is covered by her husband’s insurance and has lived in Portland for 30 years, was originally denied care at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) hospital because of her immigration status, the Oregonian reports. The Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took up Lesama-Santos’ case, putting out a statement on Tuesday calling for the hospital to roll back any policy that limit...
Source: TIME: Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized onetime oregon Source Type: news

Report: Kansas' uninsured rate drops
Kansas is making progress on lowering its uninsured rate.   The state had 239,578 people without some form of health insurance in 2016 for an overall uninsured rate of 8.4 percent, according to a new Kansas Health Institute study released Tuesday. That’s a drop from 9.2 percent in 2015, based on data compiled for the organization’s 2017 study. The Ka nsas Health Institute is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is based in Topeka.   The 2018 report is based on the latest data available.  Kansas’… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 7, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Josh Heck Source Type: news

State Efforts to Close the Health Coverage Gap
This review examines prominent state efforts to expand health coverage to the remaining uninsured. It analyzes and compares efforts in Massachusetts, Vermont, Colorado, California, and Nevada and highlights insights and themes that emerge. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - February 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fact Check Friday: The truth about the cost of 340B to patients
The 340B program was designed to increase access to medicines for vulnerable or uninsured patients through safety-net facilities, but all signs point to 340B doing the opposite – distorting the market andincreasing health care costs for everyonewhile at the same timegenerating record levels of profit for hospitals. Claiming that 340B operates at no cost for Americans seems a bit disingenuous.This week on Fact Check Friday, we are setting the record straight. Here are three ways 340B is currently leading to higher health care costs for Americans: (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - January 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Patients 340B 340B Spotlight Fact Check Source Type: news

Dramatic Gains in Insurance Coverage for Women of Reproductive Age Are Now in Jeopardy
The proportion of women of reproductive age (15 –44) who were uninsured dropped by 41% between 2013 and 2016, over the first three years of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major expansions to Medicaid and private insurance coverage. This considerable decline in the uninsured rate, calculated by the Guttmacher Institute using data from the U.S . (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

U.S. Healthcare Uninsured Rises Most in Near Decade - Gallup U.S. Healthcare Uninsured Rises Most in Near Decade - Gallup
The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2%, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Moody's: D.C. hospital at high risk if Congress doesn't renew federal insurance program
Moody's said the problem stems from the costs of providing health care to a higher number of uninsured patients. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Morning Break: Anti-Emetic Warning; Uninsured Rate Jumps; Flu Worsens Saline Shortage
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - January 17, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

How does cost affect access to care?
This collection of charts and a related brief explore trends in access to care in the U.S. The high cost of health care can be a barrier to access for both insured people (particularly those with high deductibles) and the uninsured, and costs can be particularly burdensome for people in worse health. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade, Gallup survey suggests
The number of Americans without health-care insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, according to a new Gallup poll. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade: Gallup
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Oregon not jumping on the Medicaid work requirement bandwagon
The Trump administration Thursday announced a major policy shift for the Medicaid program by encouraging states to impose work requirements on able-bodied adults on Medicaid. Ten states so far have requested waivers to run demonstration projects. Oregon isn’t among them and has no plans to submit a waiver any time soon. “Oregon’s priority is to continue to expand health coverage and reduce the uninsured rate in our state,” Oregon Health Authority spokesman Rob b Cowie said in a statement.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Oregon not jumping on the Medicaid work requirement bandwagon
The Trump administration Thursday announced a major policy shift for the Medicaid program by encouraging states to impose work requirements on able-bodied adults on Medicaid. Ten states so far have requested waivers to run demonstration projects. Oregon isn’t among them and has no plans to submit a waiver any time soon. “Oregon’s priority is to continue to expand health coverage and reduce the uninsured rate in our state,” Oregon Health Authority spokesman Rob b Cowie said in a statement.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Healthcare For The Uninsured Is Wasteful (For A Surprising Reason)
Solutions to prevent unnecessary medical care should primarily focus on helping physicians change their habits (instead of giving patients more skin-in-the-game). (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Number of Uninsured Arkansans Drops in 2016
In 2016, private health insurance coverage continued to be more prevalent than government coverage (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 8, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

UCLA volunteers provide free health care at downtown L.A. mega clinic
With the strongly held belief that access to health care should be available to everyone — not just the insured — nearly 200 volunteers from UCLA joined an effort to provide free services to more than 2,000 people at a three-day Care Harbor community clinic.“Los Angeles is still one of the leading areas of people without insurance or access to care and it’s a problem for the community,” said Dr. Patrick Dowling, professor and chair of the  UCLA Department of Family Medicine, who led the UCLA volunteer contingent at Care Harbor ’s seventh health care mega clinic. “I’...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 4, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

ESO Solutions Predicts Key EMS Trends for 2018
Austin, Texas – ESO Solutions, the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments, and hospitals, today shared the trends it predicts will have the biggest impact on EMS organizations in 2018: EMS organizations will play a greater role in decision-making affecting patients; more EMS organizations will feel the influence of value-based purchasing by payers; integration and sharing of data and information between providers will increase; and finance changes will create uncertainty for EMS organizations. “2018 will see the healthcare reimbursement system remain in flux as we...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news