Nonprofit hospitals with healthiest finances offer little charity care
(Reuters Health) - Among nonprofit hospitals, those with the highest net incomes tend to devote the smallest proportion of their earnings to providing free care to uninsured patients and low-income people who struggle to pay their bills, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Charity care provided by nonprofit hospitals
(JAMA Network) Researchers looked at the net income of nonprofit hospitals in the US and examined how their financial status was associated with the level of charity care they provided in 2017 for uninsured and insured patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How risky are uninsured drivers? - Yarmukhamedov S.
Obtaining insurance is expected to have disincentive effects on driver behavior, and as such on accident probabilities due to the adverse selection and/or moral hazard effects, though empirical studies provide mixed evidence. The risks of an accident incur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

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

His mission? Help the uninsured afford colonoscopies, radiology
Ali Poonawala is director of Farmers Branch-based Assist Health Group, which operates two medical programs – ColonoscopyAssist and RadiologyAssist – with more on the way. The offerings help uninsured patients receive procedures at an affordable cost. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rob Schneider Source Type: news

His mission? Help the uninsured afford colonoscopies, radiology
Ali Poonawala is director of Farmers Branch-based Assist Health Group, which operates two medical programs – ColonoscopyAssist and RadiologyAssist – with more on the way. The offerings help uninsured patients receive procedures at an affordable cost. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 6, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rob Schneider Source Type: news

Two million Americans lost health coverage/access in Trump's first year
Over the course of 2017, positive trends in insurance coverage and healthcare access from the Affordable Care Act reversed, particularly for low-income residents of states that did not expand Medicaid. A new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study finds that two million more Americans avoided health care because of inability to pay, and/or did not have health insurance, at the end of 2017 compared to the end of 2016. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - February 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Study Links Three Key Variables to Higher Rural Mortality Rates in US
Summarizes a study in which researchers found three variables correlated to higher mortality rates in the country: socioeconomic deprivation, percentage of uninsured, and the primary care supply. Researchers from the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) discuss their methods and findings at the Health Affairs Rural Health Forum. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 4, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

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

U.S. Insurance Coverage, 2018: The Affordable Care Act Is Still Under Threat and Still Vital for Reproductive-Age Women
Ten years after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), several things are clear: The law ’s major expansions of Medicaid and private insurance coverage have drastically reduced the number of women of reproductive age who are uninsured. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - January 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Choosing Freedom, After Decades of Switching Addictions
This article includes references to self-injury, intravenous drug use and disordered eating.* One in five US high school students have reported being bullied. Approximately 160,000 teenagers have skipped school as a preventative measure. I encountered bullies for the first time in second grade, in the midst of such an innocent time of my youth. I dreaded entering my elementary school classroom, as I was well aware of what my presence would entail. I endured both verbal and physical harassment from my fellow peers for nearly a decade. I was passive, inevitably leading to the acceptance of my “fate,” in addition ...
Source: Psych Central - January 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Megan Lane Tags: Addictions Anorexia Bullying Depression Eating Disorders Personal Stories Substance Abuse Addiction Recovery Anorexia Nervosa Drug Use heroin Self Harm Self Injury Source Type: news

Pay-as-you-go health care: Uninsured people in Canada face sky-high bills, delays in treatment, doctors say
Most Canadians are secure knowing that they benefit from universal health care. All you have to do is walk into a clinic or hospital and you will be treated. For an estimated 500,000 people who live and work among us, it’s a different reality. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/White Coat, Black Art Source Type: news

HHS Activates Emergency Prescription Assistance Program for Uninsured Puerto Rico Residents Needing Medicine after Recent Earthquakes
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) to help Puerto Rico residents access prescription medications after the recent earthquakes. Uninsured patients in need of certain medications and medical supplies can access those for free at any of the participating EPAP pharmacies. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Lack of insurance cause of survivorship gap in minorities with cancer, study shows
(University of Illinois at Chicago) Nearly half of the disparity in later-stage diagnosis was mediated by being uninsured or underinsured, according to a new study conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The U.S. Spends $2,500 Per Person on Health Care Administrative Costs. Canada Spends $550. Here ’s Why.
Whether it’s interpreting medical bills, struggling to get hospital records, or fighting with an insurance provider, Americans are accustomed to battling bureaucracy to access their health care. But patients’ time and effort are not the only price of this complexity. Administrative costs now make up about 34% of total health care expenditures in the United States—twice the percentage Canada spends, according to a new study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine. These costs have increased over the last two decades, mostly due to the growth of private insurers’ overhead. The researchers exa...
Source: TIME: Health - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Health Care Source Type: news

Community Impact: Health Care
A closer look at data related to health care services, the number of uninsured, mental illness and drug addiction, and Medicaid expenditures by county. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Florida drops in annual healthiest states ranking
Florida dropped in the new national rankings of the healthiest states in the country in 2019, according to an annual report. The Sunshine State dropped by four spots from its previous position, coming in as the 33rd healthiest state, according to United Health Foundation's yearly America's Health Rankings report. The report details state and national data regarding key public health indicators like smoking, access to p rimary care physicians and uninsured rates. Florida's strengths included a low… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 1, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Florida drops in annual healthiest states ranking
Florida dropped in the new national rankings of the healthiest states in the country in 2019, according to an annual report. The Sunshine State dropped by four spots from its previous position, coming in as the 33rd healthiest state, according to United Health Foundation's yearly America's Health Rankings report. The report details state and national data regarding key public health indicators like smoking, access to p rimary care physicians and uninsured rates. Florida's strengths included a low… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 1, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans hold steady with no insurance penalty
But enrollment fails to grow against a backdrop of more Americans becoming uninsured. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

The Health Care Worker/Hospital Shortage in Rural America
Opinion piece addresses the issues that rural hospitals are faced with, such as physician shortages, lack of financial stability, and underinsured and aging populations. Describes policies that have been implemented in various states to recruit healthcare workers and help hospitals stay open in rural areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 18, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

U.S. Supreme Court justices lean toward insurers on $12 billion Obamacare claims
U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic to claims made by health insurers seeking $12 billion from the federal government under a program set up by the Obamacare law aimed at encouraging them to offer medical coverage to previously uninsured Americans. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New Federal Program Provides Free HIV Prevention Drugs to Uninsured
Title: New Federal Program Provides Free HIV Prevention Drugs to UninsuredCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/4/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/5/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet HIV General)
Source: MedicineNet HIV General - December 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Program Gives Uninsured Free HIV Prevention Drugs
However only about 18% of the 1.2 million Americans who might benefit from the medications got a prescription last year, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New government program provides HIV prevention drugs for uninsured
US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the launch of a national program to provide free HIV-prevention drugs to uninsured Americans at risk of HIV. "Ready, Set, PrEP" will provide about 200,000 Americans annually access to PrEP medications -- daily pre-exposure prophylaxis pills for the prevention of HIV. To qualify for the program, participants must test negative for HIV, have a valid prescription for the medication and not have any prescription drug coverage. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HCV Screening of Baby Boomers Continues to Lag in U.S. Safety-Net Clinics HCV Screening of Baby Boomers Continues to Lag in U.S. Safety-Net Clinics
Even with help, safety-net primary care clinics serving low-income and uninsured populations in the U.S. often fall short in screening baby boomers for hepatitis C virus (HCV), as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, according to a new study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

200,000 Uninsured Americans to Get Free H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs
A new government program will provide donated drugs through major drugstore chains. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis for H.I.V.) Truvada (Drug) Gilead Sciences Inc Health and Human Services Department Azar, Alex M II Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Tests (Medical) Health Insurance and Managed Car Source Type: news

New Federal Program Provides Free HIV Prevention Drugs to Uninsured
TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2019 -- A new program to provide free HIV prevention drugs to people who cannot afford them because they do not have health insurance was announced Tuesday by the U.S. government. Use of daily preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP)... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 3, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured
The government has launched a program to provide a daily HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More than 300 UCLA health care providers treat the homeless at Care Harbor free clinic
For Dr. Patrick Dowling, volunteering at the 2019Care Harbor free clinic for people who are uninsured or who lack access to health care is a sharp break from his norm of treating people at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.This atypical setting on the front lines of health care for the most vulnerable, sometimes results in unorthodox treatments.Dowling and other care givers at the annual clinic held at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles noticed that although the 60-year-old man they were treating said he had given himself insulin prior to his arrival at the clinic, his blood sugar level had fallen too low.Typically, physicia...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 21, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

CDC: ~ 20 Percent of U.S. Adults Currently Use Tobacco Products
Prevalence of use higher for men, adults aged ≤ 65 years, uninsured, those with disability or limitation (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Switching Contraceptives From Prescription-Only To Over-The-Counter: Good Idea?
On balance, switching hormonal contraceptives OTC improves availability for many, particularly the un- and underinsured. But, it ’s important to keep in mind the above caveats regarding contraindications in certain instances and increased out-of-pocket costs for some. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: CY 2020 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 Medicare's Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2020. The premium is paid by enrollees age 65 and over who are not otherwise eligible for Part A benefits and by certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. This premium is effective on January 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 13, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: CY 2020 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 Medicare's Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2020. The premium is paid by enrollees age 65 and over who are not otherwise eligible for Part A benefits and by certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. This premium is effective on January 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 12, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Head and neck cancer patients benefited from Affordable Care Act
(Saint Louis University) The rate of uninsured patients with head and neck cancers was 'significantly reduced' following the implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 6, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Study shows Affordable Care Act benefited adults with head, neck cancers
Levels of uninsured people with head and neck cancer declined by 3 percent following implementation of Affordable Care Act. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospitals Take Shot at Opioid Makers Over Treating Uninsured for Addiction Hospitals Take Shot at Opioid Makers Over Treating Uninsured for Addiction
A few hundred hospitals have banded together to sue drugmakers in state courts, but far more are staying on the sidelines to avoid'unflattering attention'about their role in the opioid crisis.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - October 31, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Stable costs but more uninsured as 'Obamacare' sign-ups open
'Obamacare' sign-up season opens with stable premiums and greater choice, but more are going uninsured (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Virginia Garcia cuts staff due to rising uninsured rate among patients
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center cut 26 jobs and froze 47 open positions throughout its network of 18 clinics in Washington and Yamhill counties. Most of the positions are administrative, along with three clinical positions, said spokeswoman Kasi Woidyla. The cuts, first reported by Street Roots, represent a 4.4 percent of personnel. CEO Gil Munoz told Street Roots that revenue has fallen because of rising rates of uninsured patients — u p 5 percent from two years ago. Almost 25 percent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Facebook Makes Its Healthcare Debut
Cristin Moran, CEO of Growth Science, said it best last week at MD&M Minneapolis when she said almost every industry is interested in healthcare. We've already seen Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google make power moves in healthcare, so it should come as no surprise that Facebook has now made its healthcare debut. The social media giant announced this week that it is developing products and partnerships aimed at connecting people with healthcare resources, starting with a new Preventive Health tool for U.S. consumers. Facebook said it is working with U.S. health organizations to offer the new tool, which is...
Source: MDDI - October 30, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Health uninsurance rate in California remained low in 2018, survey finds
The percentage of Californians without health insurance remained stable and low in 2018, thanks to actions by state legislators, according to a policy brief produced by the  UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The findings are unlike the rest of the nation, which saw an increase in the rate of uninsurance.The uninsured rate dropped nearly by half to 8.1% last year, compared with 15.5% in 2013, according to the brief. Insurance coverage is one of many topics covered in newly released data from the 2018  California Health Interview Survey.The 2018 edition of the survey, which includes responses from 23,195 chil...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 24, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Medicaid Covers a Million Fewer Children. Baby Elijah Was One of Them.
Officials point to rising employment, but the uninsured rate is climbing as families run afoul of new paperwork and as fear rises among immigrants. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 22, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Medicaid State Children ' s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Tennessee Texas Verma, Seema Source Type: news

Child Vaccination Rates Near Target in US, But Uneven Child Vaccination Rates Near Target in US, But Uneven
Some numbers are lower in low-income, underinsured, and rural areas. In 25 states, the number of nonexempt, undervaccinated kindergarteners was higher than the numbers of exempt students.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - October 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

1 in 4 residents in this South Florida city have no health insurance
It's one of the highest uninsured rates in the U.S. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 11, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ashley Portero Source Type: news

1 in 4 residents in this South Florida city have no health insurance
It's one of the highest uninsured rates in the U.S. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ashley Portero Source Type: news

Hawaii has the 3rd lowest uninsured rate in the nation, Wallethub study finds
Hawaii has the third-lowest population of uninsured residents in the country, according to a new report released by financial website Wallethub on Thursday. For the report, Wallethub ranked each of the 50 states by breaking down rates of uninsured residents by ethnic group, income and age, as well as by the change in uninsured rates between 2010 and 2018 using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to recent data from the Bureau, the national uni nsured rate has increased from 7.9% in 2017 to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 10, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Olivia Peterkin Source Type: news

Hawaii has the 3rd lowest uninsured rate in the nation, Wallethub study finds
Hawaii has the third-lowest population of uninsured residents in the country, according to a new report released by financial website Wallethub on Thursday. For the report, Wallethub ranked each of the 50 states by breaking down rates of uninsured residents by ethnic group, income and age, as well as by the change in uninsured rates between 2010 and 2018 using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to recent data from the Bureau, the national uni nsured rate has increased from 7.9% in 2017 to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 10, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Olivia Peterkin Source Type: news

Outcomes in critically ill patients with traumatic brain injury: ethnicity, documentation, and insurance status - Ram P, Miah FT, Wyrick JM, Kalosza BA, Coritsidis GN.
OBJECTIVES: Disparities in traumatic brain injury outcomes for ethnic minorities and the uninsured have previously been demonstrated; however, outcomes in undocumented immigrants have not been examined. We wanted to determine whether ethnicity, insurance, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Disparities in Oral Cancer Screening Among Dental Professionals: NHANES 2011 –2016
ConclusionsA significantly higher proportion of minority race/ethnicity and low SES individuals report not receiving an oral cancer screening exam, despite a recent dental visit. This selective screening by dental professionals is incompliant with guidelines and concerning because these groups are more likely to present with an advanced stage of oral cancer at diagnosis. An understanding of the reasons for discriminatory oral cancer screening practices could help develop effective interventions. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - September 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Affordable Care Act Insured Millions of Uninsured Diabetics
Title: Affordable Care Act Insured Millions of Uninsured DiabeticsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/27/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General)
Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General - September 30, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news