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Ohio ranks among least healthy states
A newly released ranking places Ohio in the bottom half of the nation when it comes to overall health. The Buckeye State moved up one place in the United Health Foundation’s 2017 Health Rankings Annual Report to land at No. 39 overall. It was No. 46 when it came to healthy behaviors, No. 33 for community and environment, No. 24 for policy, No. 40 for clinical care and No. 39 for outcomes. While Ohio’s strengths include a low percentage of uninsured residents, a higher number of primary care… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 12, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Erin Caproni Source Type: news

Massachusetts Ranked Healthiest State In The Nation
By Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent (CNN) — Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report. Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut rank as the five healthiest states, while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi rank the least healthy in America’s Health Rankings, according to the report by the United Health Foundation. The rankings take into account a variety of health factors, such as rates of infectious diseases, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Health Insurance Source Type: news

$6.6 million grant will fund UCLA-led study on how to increase use of HPV vaccine
The discovery of human papillomavirus, or HPV, as a major cause of many cancers — including cervical, anal, oropharyngeal, vaginal, vulvar and penile — and the subsequent development of prophylactic HPV vaccines was a revolution in cancer prevention.But 10 years after the vaccine ’s introduction, HPV vaccination rates among U.S. adolescents remain unacceptably low. Now, a five-year study led by UCLA cancer researcher Roshan Bastani will examine the comparative effectiveness of strategies designed to increase the number of adolescents who receive the HPV vaccine. The work i s being funded by a $6.6 million...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 8, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Differences in Cancer Survival by Type of Insurance
Survival up in patients with private insurance, Medicare; no change or drop with other, no insurance (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - December 1, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Radiology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Thousands of kids could lose health insurance next month if Congress doesn't act fast
States plan to notify families soon they may not have insurance for their kids. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

California's uninsured rate hits lowest level ever
The number of people with health insurance hit a record high in the California this year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this week. California’s uninsured rate dropped from 7.2 percent in 2016 to 6.8 percent from January to June — outpacing the federal rate for states supported by the federal insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov. “It was nice to see that California also had good company among states dramatically reduci ng their uninsured population,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 22, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Antoinette Siu Source Type: news

California's uninsured rate hits lowest level ever
The number of people with health insurance hit a record high in the California this year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this week. California’s uninsured rate dropped from 7.2 percent in 2016 to 6.8 percent from January to June — outpacing the federal rate for states supported by the federal insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov. “It was nice to see that California also had good company among states dramatically reduci ng their uninsured population,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 22, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Antoinette Siu Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2018 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees who are not otherwise eligible and for certain individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. Effective January 1, 2018, the CY 2018 monthly premium for the uninsured aged and certain disabled individuals is $422, and the reduced premium for certain eligible individuals is $232. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 21, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Delta Dental Foundation donates $1 million to St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic
The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation donated $1 million to the St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic to support preventive and emergency oral health care for underserved children and adults throughout the next 10 years. Delta Dental presented its donation to St. Vincent De Paul on Friday at the annual St. Vincent de Paul Community Fundraising breakfast. Founded in 1997, the foundation's mission is to improve oral health for underserved and uninsured groups and communities. Since 2006, the foundation… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Brianna Bradley Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: CY 2018 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees who are not otherwise eligible and for certain individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. The CY 2018 monthly premium for the uninsured aged and certain disabled individuals is $422, and the reduced premium for certain eligible individuals is $232. Rates take effect January 1, 2018, and final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for November 21, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 20, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Gov't says uninsured rate holding steady
Gov't survey says 9 percent of Americans _ nearly 29 million people _ lacked health insurance in the first six months of this year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Uninsured Heart Patients Often Face Daunting Bills
Title: Uninsured Heart Patients Often Face Daunting BillsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/13/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/14/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - November 14, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Uninsured Heart Patients Often Face Daunting Bills
MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 -- A life-threatening heart emergency can spell financial doom for people who don't have health insurance, a pair of new studies shows. Around 4 out of 5 uninsured patients hospitalized for a heart attack, stroke or heart... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Repealing the Individual Health Insurance Mandate: An Updated Estimate
CBO and the JCT estimate that, by itself, repealing the mandate would reduce federal deficits by about $338 billion over the 2018-2027 period and increase the number of uninsured people by 4 million in 2019 and 13 million in 2027. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Community Based Dental Partnership Program
The purpose of this program is to improve access to oral health care services for low- income, underserved, and uninsured people living with HIV (PLWH) in underserved geographic areas while simultaneously providing education and clinical training for dental students, dental hygiene students, dental residents, or other dental providers in community-based settings. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Many of the Uninsured Can Purchase a Marketplace Plan for Less Than Their Shared Responsibility Penalty
This analysis looks at the non-elderly uninsured eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan to determine how many of them would be financially better off enrolling in coverage than paying the penalty. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

One in Five US Adults Still Using Tobacco Products in 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that found that 1 in 5 U.S. adults used some form of tobacco product in 2015. The report also includes data on tobacco use by race/ethnicity and gender. Higher tobacco use was found for adults living in the Midwest, people with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), people with annual household incomes under $35,000, those with a disability, uninsured adults or adults insured through Medicaid, adults with serious psychological distress, and those who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual. (Source: News stories via the Rur...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - November 9, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Repeal of individual mandate would increase uninsured, premiums: CBO
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday that repealing the Obamacare individual mandate would increase the number of uninsured by 13 million by 2027 and reduce the federal budget deficit less than initially forecast. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Individual Mandate Penalty Calculator
The Individual Mandate Penalty Calculator estimates your penalty for going uninsured vs. how much you would pay for health insurance coverage on the Marketplace. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

9 million could lose a valued tax deduction
The break for uninsured medical expenses is threatened in the House GOP tax bill, and that's sparking an outcry (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

9 million could lose a valued taxed deduction
The break for uninsured medical expenses is threatened in the House GOP tax bill, and that's sparking an outcry (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Coverage Gap: Uninsured Poor Adults in States that Do Not Expand Medicaid
A new issue brief looks at the effects of state decisions to not implement Medicaid expansion, leaving many without an affordable health insurance coverage option. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Survey provides insight into demographics and health of California ’s transgender adults
The first release of transgender data from the  California Health Interview Survey, the nation ’s largest state survey, reveals the demographic characteristics of transgender adults in the state — such as population size, racial makeup and marital status — as well as sobering disparities in their health status. For example, one in five transgender adults in California has attempted suic ide — a rate six times that of the state’s adult cisgender population.The health data used in a  new policy brief by The Williams Institute and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Re...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 31, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Large decrease in uninsured new cancer patients linked to Affordable Care Act
(Reuters Health) - The number of newly diagnosed cancer patients without health insurance declined by one-third in 2014, which is likely an effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a small study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Estimates of Eligibility for ACA Coverage among the Uninsured in 2016
This analysis provides national and state-by-state estimates of eligibility for ACA coverage options among those who remained uninsured. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System: Beyond the Walls and Into Communities
Case study outlines a program to address the social determinants of health for uninsured patients within a hospital system. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Number of uninsured Americans is up 3.5 million this year
The number of Americans who do not have health insurance has shot up by 3.5 million this year, a survey has revealed. Experts are warning that this number will increase in the coming months. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More cancer patients now have insurance because of Obamacare
The law has reduced the number of uninsured Americans. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

With ACA, Uninsured New Cancer Patients Hit Historic Low With ACA, Uninsured New Cancer Patients Hit Historic Low
States with Medicaid expansion see biggest decreases in uninsured patients with newly diagnosed cancer.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

More cancer patients now have insurance because of health care law
The law has reduced the number of uninsured Americans. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

With Obamacare, fewer Americans were uninsured when they were told they had cancer
As President Trump and his allies in Congress keep pushing to get rid of Obamacare, new research shows that the contentious law has succeeded in expanding health insurance coverage for Americans with cancer.But not everywhere. This upside of Obamacare — known formally as thePatient Protection... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - October 19, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

A Black, White Mortality Gap Much Explained by Insurance A Black, White Mortality Gap Much Explained by Insurance
Having no insurance or inadequate insurance accounts for more than a third of the excess mortality risk between black and white women with early-stage breast cancer in the United States.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Fewer ACA Ads, Puzzled Public Threaten Sign-ups, KFF Says Fewer ACA Ads, Puzzled Public Threaten Sign-ups, KFF Says
Most uninsured don't know the start and stop dates for signing up for coverage next year.'There could be a drop in enrollment,'a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) policy analyst said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Hospital Closings Likely to Increase
Discusses recent hospital closures and indications that they are likely to continue because these hospitals continue to have insufficient patient populations, high rates of uninsured patients, dwindling cash flow, and physician shortages. It is estimated that 9% of rural hospitals are at high risk for financial trouble, and these hospitals often serve vulnerable populations with significant health disparities. Also touches on programs designed to help these hospitals improve quality and track their viability. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 19, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Number of newly diagnosed cancer patients without insurance drops in first year of ACA
(Indiana University) The number of newly diagnosed cancer patients who were uninsured fell by one-third in the first year of the Affordable Care Act's implementation, according to research from Indiana University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 19, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Underinsured Rate Increased Sharply In 2016; More Than Two Of Five Marketplace Enrollees And A Quarter Of People With Employer Health Insurance Plans Are Now Underinsured
        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nation's Uninsured Rate for Children Drops to Another Historic Low in 2016
A new report shows that 95.5% of children had health insurance in 2016, up from 95.2% in 2015. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Who Are the Uninsured?
In 2016, there were about 27.3 million people (8.6 percent of the population) who lacked health insurance coverage according to the latest American Community Survey data. You may wonder what the uninsured population looked like. Were the uninsured young or old? Were they more likely to live in certain parts of the nation? (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Obamacare helps reverse the decline in US trust
(Umea University) Since the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, known as Obamacare, an estimated 20 million previously uninsured US citizens have gained access to health insurance. Recent research from Ume å and Lund universities in Sweden shows that Obamacare might be key to reversing the trend of declining social trust that has plagued the United States since the 1970s. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Flat-Fee Primary Care Helps Fill Niche for Texas ’ Uninsured Flat-Fee Primary Care Helps Fill Niche for Texas ’ Uninsured
Doctors offering this care charge a monthly fee for services that can be handled in the office. But patient advocates warn it is not insurance and offers no coverage for hospital or specialist care.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

The Unexpected Faces of the Uninsured
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 -- In a finding that upends conventional thinking about who is typically uninsured, new research finds that 1 in 7 residents in the suburbs don't have health coverage. When tallied up, that totaled almost 40 percent of all... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 4, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Community Health Workers May Help Control Hypertension Community Health Workers May Help Control Hypertension
A program led by community health workers reduced systolic and diastolic BP and improved hypertension control among low-income, uninsured patients with hypertension vs usual clinician care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Adults With Asthma Not Getting Pneumonia Vaccine As Recommended
BOSTON (CBS) – At about this time, we start talking about flu shots but many adults are missing out on another key vaccine. The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for all adults with asthma, but a new study finds that only 42% of people ages 18 to 64 who have asthma getting it. Also known as the pneumococcal vaccine, it protects against a type of bacteria that commonly causes pneumonia. A version of the vaccine is given to kids in early childhood, older adults, and people with chronic illnesses, including asthma. So why aren’t more than half of adults with asthma getting the shot? Perhaps they have never heard o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Shot pneumonia vaccine Source Type: news

Affordable Care Act grants that expanded community health center services set to expire, despite bipartisan suport
While the U.S. Senate has been consumed in the past few weeks by the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Congress let the clock wind down on one of the law's provisions that both parties really like. The ACA tripled federal grants to community health centers, which serve uninsured and low-income patients in health care deserts in cities and rural areas nationwide. In the past five years, the centers have hired clinicians and added services such as dental and eye care. These clinics… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 28, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Affordable Care Act grants that expanded community health center services set to expire, despite bipartisan suport
While the U.S. Senate has been consumed in the past few weeks by the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Congress let the clock wind down on one of the law's provisions that both parties really like. The ACA tripled federal grants to community health centers, which serve uninsured and low-income patients in health care deserts in cities and rural areas nationwide. In the past five years, the centers have hired clinicians and added services such as dental and eye care. These clinics… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 28, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Fewer Uninsured Cancer Patients After Medicaid Expansion
Title: Fewer Uninsured Cancer Patients After Medicaid ExpansionCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/27/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/28/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - September 28, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Fewer Uninsured Cancer Patients After Medicaid Expansion
Surgery and radiation are more likely if you have insurance, researcher says (Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer)
Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer - September 28, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Fewer Uninsured Cancer Patients After Medicaid Expansion
Surgery and radiation are more likely if you have insurance, researcher says (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - September 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Oncology, News, Source Type: news

Fewer Uninsured Cancer Patients After Medicaid Expansion
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 -- States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act halved the number of uninsured cancer patients, a new U.S. study finds. This matters because " uninsured cancer patients are more likely to go without needed... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 27, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

ACA Medicaid expansion cut disparities in cancer care for minorities, poor
(Duke University Medical Center) States that fully expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act cut their rates of uninsured cancer patients by more than half between 2011 and 2014. Black patients and those living in the highest poverty areas saw the greatest benefit from Medicaid expansion, according to a Duke Cancer Institute analysis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news