‘Patients Deserve to Know’: Trump Administration Wants Drug Commercials to Show Prices
TRENTON, N.J. — The federal government said Monday that it wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials. The drug industry’s main trade group said drug companies are only willing to disclose the prices on their websites, not in commercials, and they’ll start doing that next spring. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar unveiled a proposal that would apply to all brand-name drugs covered by the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which is most medicines. “Patients deserve to know what a given drug could cost when they’re being told about th...
Source: TIME: Health - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: LINDA A. JOHNSON / AP Tags: Uncategorized Healthcare onetime Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2019 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) 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 15, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Number of Children Without Vaccinations Has Skyrocketed Since 2001, New Reports Find
The number of children who have not received vaccines for preventable diseases has quadrupled since 2001, to an estimated 100,000 individuals, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Using data from the National Immunization Survey-Child, the CDC report published Thursday found that in 2017, “the percentage of children with no vaccinations by age 2 years increased from 0.9% for children born in 2011 to 1.3% for those born in 2015.” In 2001, that figure was only 0.3%. The survey found that children were least likely to have received vaccinations for hepatitis A and...
Source: TIME: Health - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Wilder Davies Tags: Uncategorized onetime public health Source Type: news

Uninsured Rate at 8.8 Percent in First Quarter of 2018
Rate remained steady compared with 2017 but was substantially lower than rate of 16 percent in 2010 (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - October 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

Uninsured Rate at 8.8 Percent in First Quarter of 2018
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 -- In the first quarter of 2018, the uninsured rate was 8.8 percent, not significantly different from a year earlier, according to a report released Aug. 29 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Robin A. Cohen,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

More Non - Elderly Americans Uninsured in 2017 Versus 2016
More than 700,000 Americans uninsured in 2017 versus 2016, despite broad economic improvement (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - October 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

Number of Uninsured in the U.S. Rises in 2017
The number of Americans without health insurance rose to 28 million in 2017, up from 27.3 million in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - October 1, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Low-Income Children Have a Reason to Smile —America’s ToothFairy Receives Product Donation from Cosmedent
(Charlotte, NC – September 26, 2018) Low-income children in California suffering from tooth decay have a reason to smile thanks to a recent product donation from Cosmedent, Inc. made to America ’s ToothFairy.The donation, valued at $102,808, consisted of an assortment of restorative materials, including Insure, CosmeSeal and Renamel products. America ’s ToothFairy distributed the donation to AYUDA International, a member of its Dental Resource Program, which supports nonprofit clinics serving low-income and uninsured children.AYUDA treats patients in Southern California and around the world through a...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - September 27, 2018 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Drinking Water Violations More Common in Impoverished Counties Drinking Water Violations More Common in Impoverished Counties
Drinking water violations may be more common in U.S. counties with greater numbers of minorities, low-income families, and uninsured households, a new report suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Losses of Private Non-Group Health Insurance a Key Driver Behind 2017 Increase in Uninsurance
Despite a healthy economy and low unemployment, a report shows the number of uninsured individuals increased for the first time since the ACA took effect. (Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity)
Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity - September 27, 2018 Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Skopec L Tags: Health Care Quality and Value Health Care Coverage and Access National Source Type: news

In 2016, Proportion of Uninsured Americans Down to 10 Percent
Larger reductions in uninsured rate in Medicaid expansion states, from 15.3 to 7.6 percent (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - September 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

Drinking water violations more common in impoverished counties
(Reuters Health) - Drinking water violations may be more common in U.S. counties with greater numbers of minorities, low-income families, and uninsured households, a new report suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Birth complications rise, especially for mothers over 40
A rising number of U.S. women are experiencing serious complications while giving birth, with the highest percentage of problems occurring in mothers over age 40. While severe complications rose by 45 percent overall, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), they were most likely to affect older women, those in poor and urban areas, the uninsured, and black and Hispanic women.  Severe complications rose from 101 per 10,000… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Upstate New York maintains low uninsured rates
Upstate New York continues to lead the state — and the nation — when it comes to the total number of uninsured individuals, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau and an analysis of that data by Univera Healthcare. The eight-county Western New York region maintained an uninsured rate of 3.7 percent, with Upstate holding at 4 pe rcent. That’s compared to a statewide uninsured rate of 5.7 percent and a national rate of 8.7 percent. The numbers are based on five years of data from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 14, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Obamacare Upped Insurance Coverage for Head and Neck Ca Patients
(MedPage Today) -- Historical comparisons show uninsured exhibit lower survival rates (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - September 13, 2018 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

Here's why Oregon's already low uninsured rate could be even lower
The already low number of Oregonians without health insurance could get reach a nation-leading 1 percent if only more of the uninsured realized they were eligible for benefits, new survey shows (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 13, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Here's why Oregon's already low uninsured rate could be even lower
The already low number of Oregonians without health insurance could reach a nation-leading 1 percent if only more of the uninsured realized they were eligible for benefits, new survey shows. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

How Republicans Opposed To Medicaid Expansion Hurts Children
The uninsured rate for children dropped in Medicaid expansion states to 4% from 6% from 2013 to 2015 and has sustained such gains, new Urban Institute research shows. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Depression Treatment: Where We Are Missing the Mark
Depression affects 450 million people worldwide and 15 million adults in the United States (U.S.) alone. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 40,000 lives every year. We see these heartbreaking stories making headlines too often, and there are tens of thousands more we do not know about. The scariest part? There is no end in sight. Antidepressants are one of the three most commonly used therapeutic drug classes in the United States. Approximately 1 in 9 Americans of all ages reported taking at least one antidepressant medication — a number that was less than 1 in 50 just th...
Source: Psych Central - September 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Sachin Mehta, M.D. Tags: Antidepressants Bipolar Depression Medications Mood Stabilizers Neuroscience Suicide Treatment Deep brain stimulation Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation Depression Treatment Electroconvulsive Therapy Major Depressive Disorder Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion Curbs Uninsured Hospitalization for CV Events Medicaid Expansion Curbs Uninsured Hospitalization for CV Events
States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw a decline in the proportion of uninsured hospitalizations for heart attack, stroke, and heart failure, a study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Stan Brock, 82, Intrepid Provider of Health Care in Remote Areas, Dies
A British-born former cowboy in South America and a “ Wild Kingdom ” TV star, he went on to deploy mobile clinics to treat the underserved and uninsured. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Brock, Stan (1936-2018) Deaths (Obituaries) Remote Area Medical Health Insurance and Managed Care Volunteers and Community Service Source Type: news

Poor, Non-English Speaking Cancer Patients Need Support
TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 -- There are steps health care providers can take to better support cancer patients who do not speak English, are underinsured, and may face other major financial challenges, according to an article published in Managed... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Uninsured CV Hospitalization Down With Medicaid Expansion
TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 -- States that expanded Medicaid had a greater reduction in the proportion of uninsured hospitalizations for major cardiovascular events, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in JAMA Network Open. Ehimare Akhabue,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Obamacare tied to fewer uninsured hospitalizations for heart disease, cancer
(Reuters Health) - With increased access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, fewer uninsured patients have been hospitalized for serious heart conditions, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Obamacare Enrollee Numbers Aren't Falling: Report
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 -- Health insurance coverage rates have held steady in the United States, despite continued commotion over the future of the Affordable Care Act, a new government report shows. About 28.3 million Americans were uninsured... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Senate passes 'minibus' bill that includes health funds
The U.S. Senate on August 23 passed an $857 billion "minibus" bill that...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Federal bill promotes x-ray screening for black lung U.S. Senate health bill would leave 22M uninsured by 2026 CBO: AHCA would leave 14M more uninsured by 2018 U.S. House passes bill to repeal and replace ACA U.S. House Republicans float AHCA amendment (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 27, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

How Medicaid Expansion Improves Care For Heart Attack Patients
Heart attack sufferers are less likely to be uninsured for hospital stays thanks to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, research in JAMA Network Open shows. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Why Medicaid Expansion Is Good For Your Heart
Heart attack sufferers are less likely to be uninsured for hospital stays thanks to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, research in JAMA Network Open shows. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Decline in uninsured hospitalizations for cardiovascular events after ACA Medicaid expansion
(JAMA Network) Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with a decline in the proportion of uninsured hospitalizations for major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke and heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Uninsured major cardiac-related hospitalizations declined in first year after ACA
(Rutgers University) States that expanded eligibility for their Medicaid program in 2014 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented, saw fewer uninsured patients among major cardiac-related hospitalizations in the first year compared with states that did not expand the program, according to a study released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association Network. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why the Uninsured Get More Unnecessary Care
(MedPage Today) -- Peter Ubel, MD, has five reasons (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - August 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medicaid expansion states see rise in coverage for low income adults with substance use disorders
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) The percentage of low-income Americans with substance use disorders who were uninsured declined more sharply in states that chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act versus states that did not, according to a new study. The percentage of low-income residents with substance use disorders without coverage decreased from 34 percent in 2013 to 20 percent in 2015 within states that had implemented Medicaid expansion -- or expansion states -- compared to 45 percent to 39 percent in non-expansion states. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Using GoFundMe To Attack Health Care Costs
One in three campaigns through GoFundMe are for medical costs. A number of the GoFundMe campaigns are for people who do not have health insurance. Since health insurance is now guaranteed issue, should we fund people who did not fulfill their responsibility to obtain coverage? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carolyn McClanahan, Contributor Source Type: news

People Are Raising $650 Million On GoFundMe Each Year To Attack Rising Healthcare Costs
One in three campaigns through GoFundMe are for medical costs. A number of the GoFundMe campaigns are for people who do not have health insurance. Since health insurance is now guaranteed issue, should we fund people who did not fulfill their responsibility to obtain coverage? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carolyn McClanahan, Contributor Source Type: news

Sexual Minorities Have Lower Health-Related Quality of Life
FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 -- Sexual minority women and men are more likely to be unemployed and uninsured and have worse health-related quality of life (HRQL) than heterosexual individuals, according to a study published recently in BMJ Open. Brittany... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 -- Underinsured and never insured adults are more likely than adequately insured adults to report poor/fair health and frequent mental distress (FMD), according to a study published online July 19 in the U.S. Centers for... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UCLA awarded $9.3 million to help provide prostate cancer treatment in the community
Members of the  UCLA urology department have received $9.3 million of funding from the state of California to help combat the financial burden of cancer treatment for men diagnosed with prostate cancer, one of the most common cancers in American men.During the next three years, the award will directly support the 17-year-oldIMPACT program, which stands for Improving Access, Counseling and Treatment for Californians with prostate cancer.Dr. Mark Litwin, professor of urology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and his team have led the efforts of the state-funded program that provides free, high-qu...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 8, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C Capacity Development Program
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part C Capacity Development Program serves to strengthen organizational infrastructure and increase capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality HIV primary health care services for low-income, uninsured, and underserved people living with HIV (PLWH). (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - August 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Disparities Remain in Prevalence of Cancer Screening Tests
TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 -- There are persistent disparities in recommended cancer screening tests among U.S. adults, particularly among the uninsured, according to a study published online July 26 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scout Marks the Spot in Soft Tissue for Cancer Treatment
Cianna Medical celebrated another regulatory milestone this week after FDA cleared its Scout reflector for an extended indication, allowing the tiny device to be used to mark soft tissue sites, including lymph nodes.  The non-radioactive wire-free localization device is smaller than a grain of rice (4mm) and won the gold award in the 2017 Medical Device Excellence Awards for the category of ER and OR tools, equipment, and supplies. Last year FDA cleared the device for implantation in breast cancer patients without restrictions on the length of time that it can remain in the breast. The reflector is completely p...
Source: MDDI - August 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Imaging Implants Source Type: news

Feds approve Maine insurance program that Obamacare halted
Maine's effort to re-launch a $93 million program to reduce health insurance premiums and reduce the uninsured population has been given the go-ahead (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risks of opioid abuse among uninsured primary care patients utilizing a free clinic - Kamimura A, Panahi S, Rathi N, Weaver S, Pye M, Sin K, Ashby J.
The annual number of opioid prescriptions for pain relief has been increasing in the United States. This increase has raised concerns about prescription opioid abuse and overdose. The purpose of this study was to examine opioid risks (risk factors that inc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Characteristics of the Remaining Uninsured: An Update
Using data from March 2015-2017, this report provides the characteristics of uninsured people, including those eligible for Medicaid or eligible for financial assistance (premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions) through the marketplaces. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Grant from L.A. Care funds scholarships for 4 UCLA medical students
Thanks to a $1.3 million grant from L.A. Care Health Plan, four medical students have received full scholarships to attend theDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.L.A. Care, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country, is an independent agency created by the state of California to provide health coverage to low-income residents of Los Angeles County. A shortage of primary care physicians is threatening the county ’s so-called safety net — the health care facilities that serve the uninsured, Medi-Cal members and other vulnerable populations.The new UCLA scholarships are part of a larger L.A. Care...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 23, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

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

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

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

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

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