Another Voice: California can help small businesses and lower its uninsured rate at the same time
While lawmakers in Washington, D.C., spent the last two years doing all they could to pull apart the threads of the Affordable Care Act, California led the way in expanding access to health care. Yet millions here remain uninsured, including many entrepreneurs and small-business employees. Lawmakers have an opportunity this year, however, to address the remaining uninsured rate and promote more affordability for the small-business community through common-sense policies that would strengthen health … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 22, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mark Herbert Source Type: news

Third of Uninsured Skimp on Meds to Save Money
Nearly 1 in 5 of those prescribed drugs asked their doctors for less expensive options. The rate was highest -- 40 percent -- among people without insurance, CNN reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One-third of uninsured can't afford to take drugs as prescribed
One-third of uninsured Americans did not take their medicine as prescribed to try to lower their costs, a new government report found. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: March 19, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Third of Uninsured Skimp on Meds to Save Money High drug prices prompt about one-third of uninsured American adults to not take their medicines... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 19, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Hospital-based Emergency Department Visits with Periapical Abscess: Updated Estimates from 7 Years
ConclusionOral health continues to be overlooked in health care. A large proportion of ED visits with PA were made by those covered by Medicaid and uninsured. The passing of the ACA has not reduced the number of ED visits with PA. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - March 7, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Court rules that Colorado hospital provider fee is legal and able to continue
Hospitals have said the fee particularly helps keep open rural hospitals, where many patients are uninsured or on under-compensating government-insurance programs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 7, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

U.S. Uninsured Rate Sticks at Around 9%
(MedPage Today) -- High-deductible health plans becoming increasingly popular (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 27, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Low-income undocumented adults are largely locked out of health care in California, study finds
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act cut in half the percentage of low-income, uninsured  Californians under age 65, from 23 percent in 2013 to 11 percent in 2016-17. But federal law bars undocumented residents from federally funded Medicaid health services and from purchasing health insurance on the ACA Marketplaces. This leaves them the largest group of uninsured people in Californi a, according to anew study by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.The study reports that of the 2.2 million undocumented people living in the state, three in five are low income and of those, nine in 10 are uninsured. In com...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 19, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Access to federally qualified health centers does not translate into lower rates of ED use
(Society for Academic Emergency Medicine) There is no association between access to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and emergency department visits for either uninsured or Medicaid-insured patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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The latest biennial health insurance survey finds that among adults who were insured all year, 29 percent were underinsured in 2018, up from 23 percent in 2014. People in employer plans saw the biggest erosion in coverage.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom - February 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Impact of Affordable Care Act-related insurance expansion policies on mortality and access to post-discharge care for trauma patients: an analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank - Scott JW, Neiman PU, Uribe-Leitz T, Scott KW, Zogg CK, Salim A, Haider AH.
BACKGROUND: Uninsured trauma patients have worse outcomes and worse access to post-discharge care that is critically important for recovery after injury. Little is known regarding the impact of the insurance coverage expansion policies of the Affordable Ca... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

GoFundMe CEO: One-Third of Site ’s Fundraisers Are to Cover Medical Costs
One-third of all donations on the popular fundraising site GoFundMe goes towards health care costs, the platform’s CEO told CBS News. On Monday, GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon said nearly 250,000 campaigns have been set up through the site to help pay for health care costs, raising $650 million in contributions. Founded in 2010, GoFundMe helps users create fundraisers for dozens of categories, including education, faith and business. Solomon said he never expected such a large portion of campaigns to be focused on health care. “When we started in 2010, it wasn’t purposefully set up and built to be a substitute ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gina Martinez Tags: Uncategorized health insurance Healthcare onetime Source Type: news

GoFundMe CEO: One-Third of Site ’s Donations Are to Cover Medical Costs
One-third of all donations on the popular fundraising site GoFundMe goes towards health care costs, the company’s CEO told CBS News. Founded in 2010, GoFundMe helps users create fundraisers for dozens of categories, including education, faith and business. Nearly 250,000 campaigns have been set up through the site to help pay for health care costs, raising $650 million in contributions, according to the company’s website. Solomon said he never expected such a large portion of campaigns to be focused on health care. “When we started in 2010, it wasn’t purposefully set up and built to be a substitute ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gina Martinez Tags: Uncategorized health insurance Healthcare onetime Source Type: news

US Uninsured Rate Hits 4-Year High, Gallup Survey Shows US Uninsured Rate Hits 4-Year High, Gallup Survey Shows
The adult uninsured rate approached 14% at the end of 2018, with women, younger adults, and those with lower income levels hit hardest.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Quiz Time: Just How Much Did the Uninsured Rate Grow?
(MedPage Today) -- You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - January 26, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Uninsured Rate Rose to 13.7% in 2018, Gallup Poll Finds
(MedPage Today) -- Higher insurance premiums, less ACA exchange marketing cited as possible reasons (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 23, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Disappearing Medicaid enrollment disparities for US citizen children in immigrant families: state level trends from 2008-2015 - Seiber EE, Goldstein EV.
OBJECTIVE: Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health insurance to 38% of all children in the United States. Uninsured rates continued to fall over the past decade, and citizen children in immigrant families experienced the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Uninsured Rate Hits Four-Year High Amid Trump's Obamacare Attacks
The nation ’s adult uninsured rate hit its highest level in nearly four years to nearly 14%, according to the Gallup health and well-being index. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 23, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:CNC NYSE:HUM NYSE:AET Source Type: news

Fewer Uninsured but Similar MI Outcomes With Medicaid Expansion Fewer Uninsured but Similar MI Outcomes With Medicaid Expansion
Medicaid eligibility expansion was associated with a reduction in uninsured patients reporting to hospital with an acute myocardial infarction, but not with improved outcomes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Clinic for uninsured to get new $2.85M location this year
A nonprofit clinic for uninsured patients will move from south of downtown to a new home. Grace Medical Home will relocate to a 19,000-square-foot space later this year at 1417 E. Concord St. in Orlando, thanks to several donations from the city of Orlando and local health care providers. Grace Medical Home bought its new property for $2.85 million on June 23, 2017, according to the Or ange County Property Appraiser. The facility, which gets an average of 11,000 patient visits a year, previously… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 16, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Lynch Source Type: news

Clinic for uninsured to get new $2.85M location this year
A nonprofit clinic for uninsured patients will move from south of downtown to a new home. Grace Medical Home will relocate to a 19,000-square-foot space later this year at 1417 E. Concord St. in Orlando, thanks to several donations from the city of Orlando and local health care providers. Grace Medical Home bought its new property for $2.85 million on June 23, 2017, according to the Or ange County Property Appraiser. The facility, which gets an average of 11,000 patient visits a year, previously… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 16, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ryan Lynch Source Type: news

New York City experiments with health care for all
Plan to provide the poor and uninsured with medical care may amount to a bold policy shift -- or a political ploy (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New York City to offer healthcare for all residents
Mayor de Blasio joins progressive politicians seeking to expand coverage for uninsured (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 8, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New York City launches $100 million universal health insurance program
New York City on Tuesday launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured city residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The effect of the Affordable Care Act on uninsured rates among individuals with mental and substance use disorders - Mark TL.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Association of medicaid expansion with access to rehabilitative care in adult trauma patients - Zogg CK, Scott JW, Metcalfe D, Gluck AR, Curfman GD, Davis KA, Dimick JB, Haider AH.
IMPORTANCE: Trauma is a leading cause of death and disability for patients of all ages, many of whom are also among the most likely to be uninsured. Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was intended to improve access to care through im... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

This local hospital has a financial tool to get at the true costs of procedures for patients — and it's not chargemaster
The real-time estimates tool works for insured and uninsured patients, takes in specific health insurance policies and then provides deductibles, copays and coinsurance. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 3, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Judge lets Obamacare stand during appeal process
Judge Reed O'Connor said he stands by his conclusion that the law is invalidated by congressional repeal of its fines on people who remain uninsured (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What are Alabama's healthiest counties?
A recent study ranks Alabama's healthiest places, and one metro county makes the list. SmartAsset evaluated three factors for an analysis of Alabama's counties: length of life, health behaviors and health care access. It released its findings in "Life Insurance Study: America's Healthiest Places." Shelby County ranked as the healthiest place in the state. SmartAsset reports 14 perc ent of its residents are adult smokers, the obesity rate is 30.1 percent, uninsured rate is 10.6 percent and excessive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Stephanie Rebman Source Type: news

Blame Government Regulations for America's Uninsured Problem
Government mandates deserve much of the blame for the rise in the number of uninsured Americans. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sally Pipes, Contributor Source Type: news

Violent crime, drug deaths pull Md. down in 2018 healthiest state rankings
Maryland is the 19th healthiest state in the country, according to a new report. The state fell three places this year in the United Health Foundation's annual America's Health Rankings report, largely due to increases in violent crime and drug deaths. The report details state and national data regarding key health indicators like smoking, access to primary care physicians and uninsured rates. Maryland had jumped up two spots in the rankings last year to No. 16 in 2017, after ranking at No. 18… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Looking Into A Crystal Ball: Some Healthcare Predictions For 2019
Three predictions for 2019: Reductions in list or Wholesale Acquisition Cost prices of a number of high-profile drugs, coupled with changes in the current rebate system; continued ascension of biosimilars, and; downward turn in the economy leading to a rise in the numbers of uninsured. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Source Type: news

A Path to Incremental Health Care Reform
Since the implementation of the ACA coverage provisions in 2014, health insurance coverage has expanded significantly, but about 32 million people are estimated to remain uninsured in 2020. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health - December 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Blumberg LJ Tags: Health Care Coverage and Access National Source Type: news

Federal Judge Rules Against Obama ’s Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON — A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled Friday that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote. Supporters of the law immediately said th...
Source: TIME: Health - December 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR / AP Tags: Uncategorized Affordable Care Act onetime Texas Source Type: news

Federal Judge Rules Obama ’s Affordable Care Act Is Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON — A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled Friday that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote. Supporters of the law immediately said th...
Source: TIME: Health - December 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR / AP Tags: Uncategorized Affordable Care Act onetime Texas Source Type: news

Legislative panel recommends Medicaid buy-in to reduce Oregon's uninsured rate
A panel that spent 11 months figuring out how to provide universal health care in Oregon stopped short of recommending a single-payer system. The Universal Access to Care Work Group did, however, produce a set of recommendations to the Legislature that would take incremental steps in that direction. “What is the goal of universal access to care?” asked Rep. Andrea Salinas, a Lake Oswego Democrat who chaired the 15-person work group . “Better outcomes for more people for less money, with a… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 13, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

CVS Health, Sharecare Launch Digital Drug Discount Card
CVS Health and Sharecare have launched a “digital pharmacy savings card” to help the uninsured and those with high deductibles get access to discounts on prescriptions medicines. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:CVS NYSE:WMT NYSE:AET NASDAQ:WBA Source Type: news

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming
Health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll, and it's happening even though premiums are stable, consumers have more choice and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Texas' Uninsured Rate Hits 19% As GOP Snubs Medicaid Expansion
Nearly 20% of Texans under 65 don ’t have health insurance and most of them are working, research by the Urban Institute. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

PET tracers help guide breast cancer therapies
PET imaging tracers that track breast cancer enzymes could help guide treatment...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: SNMMI: Fluciclovine-PET changes prostate treatment Mammi-PET finds tiny breast lesions -- but could improve Fused MRI and PET improve specificity of breast MRI PEM performs well against breast MRI, whole-body PET NCPIC to provide PET breast scans for uninsured (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Join NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Milliner as one of the panelists for the ALSC webinar: Leadership in Youth Services Part 2: Leadership in Action on December 11 at 2:00 PM ET. Working with children in a library setting provides vast opportunities to create and hone leadership skills if you know where to find them. By cultivating these skills in yourselves and others, you will elevate your profession and your community by creating and implementing beneficial programs and services. This webinar wi...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - December 6, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Gains in Insurance Coverage for Reproductive-Age Women at a Crossroads
The proportion of women of reproductive age (15 –44) who were uninsured dropped by 41% between 2013 and 2017, over the first four years of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major expansions to Medicaid and private insurance coverage. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Proposed changes to immigration laws would cost California jobs, harm public health
Possible changes in federal immigration policy could cost California billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.U.S. immigration officials use the term “public charge” to describe people applying for a green card who are deemed likely to become primarily dependent on the government to meet their basic needs. Under proposed changes to Department of Homeland Security immigration rules that could be implemented as soon as spring 2019, people could be denied status as lawful permanent residents if they’ve received certain health care, housing or nutrition assistance benefits.If those changes are implemented, C...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 4, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Report: Number of uninsured kids spikes to 3.9M in US
The number of uninsured children in the United States has increased for the first time in nearly a decade (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More Kids Uninsured in 2017
(MedPage Today) -- Numbers enrolled in Medicaid, CHIP, and individual market plans declined from prior year (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - November 29, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Increase in uninsured Florida children spurs concerns
The number of children who lack health insurance is growing in Florida despite an improving economy, worrying advocates who fear it may be the start of a troubling trend that the state cannot beat back. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families on Thursday issued a report that showed about 325,000 uninsured children in Florida in 2017, up from 288,000 in 2016. That put Florida’s overall uninsured rate for children at 7.3 percent. The number of uninsured nationally increased fr om… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Christine Sexton Source Type: news

Number Of Uninsured Kids in U.S. 'Going Backward'
About 276,000 more children are among the uninsured, a new report finds. Though the uptick is statistically small, it is striking because uninsured rates usually decrease during periods of economic growth. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Only Three Days Left to Apply! Call for Applications to the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) – Apply by December 1 for this week-long residential workshop that provides librarians and library information professionals with the opportunity to work intensively on research design and planning to conduct research that improves practice and adds to the professional knowledgebase. The workshop will be held in Chicago from July 15–19, 2019. National Network of Libraries of Medicine News The MAR offices will be clo...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - November 28, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Upcoming Training Opportunities: December 2018
Looking for professional development opportunities? The National Network of Libraries of Medicine offers a variety of online classes to learn about new resources and programs, and develop your professional skills. All of our classes are free, and many are eligible for continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. Even if you will not be able to attend a live webinar, you can still register to receive a notification when the recording is available on the NNLM YouTube Channel. Check out some of our December 2018 offerings and register today! Don’t do it alone! Starting, sustaining, and assessing par...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - November 27, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Education Source Type: news

California ’s health coverage gains will erode without new action by the state
Anew study by UCLA and UC Berkeley researchers projects that hundreds of thousands more Californians could become uninsured because of forthcoming changes in federal health insurance law. Beginning in January 2019, new policy will remove the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate penalty, the fee assess ed to people who do not have health insurance.The  report uses the California Simulation of Insurance Markets model, which was developed by theUCLA Center for Health Policy Research and theUC Berkeley Labor Center, to forecast how many Californians will be uninsured in 2020 and 2023.The...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 27, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news