ACA's Role as Safety Net Is Tested by COVID Recession ACA's Role as Safety Net Is Tested by COVID Recession
The upshot, studies indicate, is that even with the new options and expanded safety net created by the ACA, by the end of summer a record number of people were poised to become newly uninsured.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Getting Health Care Was Already Tough in Rural Areas. The Pandemic Has Made It Worse
Provides an overview of a nationwide poll that reported one in every four households have been unable to get medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, widening the disparities that already exist in rural communities. Describes that in rural areas, some obstacles to healthcare include high rates of uninsured residents, small healthcare workforce, and an increase of hospital closures. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 7, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Growth in 340B program has not translated to improvements for patients
Is 340B benefiting the vulnerable, uninsured patients it was designed to help? That ’s the most important question policymakers should be asking in any discussion about the 340B program. Unfortunately, this program is essentially a black box with lax reporting requirements and weak oversight – which means there is little to no clear evidence that patients consistently benefit f rom the massive discounts on medicines provided to 340B covered entities. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - October 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: 340B 340B Spotlight Source Type: news

Nearly 15% of US adults are uninsured with most saying it is because coverage is too expensive
A new CDC report found that 14.5% of adults between ages 18 and 64 were uninsured in 2019, with 73.7% reporting that it was because they believe coverage was too costly for them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Even before pandemic struck, more US adults were uninsured
About 2.5 million more working-age Americans were uninsured last year, even before the coronavirus pandemic struck (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Some workers face looming cutoffs in health insurance
Not only are businesses shedding workers, with the nation ’s unemployed numbering roughly 13.6 million, but employers are also cutting expenses like health coverage, and projections of rising numbers of uninsured have grown bleak. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 28, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Reed Abelson Source Type: news

Donald Trump Is Losing On An Issue Voters Care A Lot About. Here ’s How He’s Trying to Change That
With nearly 200,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 and millions more who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs this year, President Donald Trump tried this week—as he has done throughout his presidency—to change the conversation. On Sunday, the President issued a new executive order aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, an issue dear to many voters, and boasted on Twitter that “prices are coming down FAST.” The reality is more complicated. Trump’s new executive order, which revokes and replaces a different executive order on drug prices that he signed in July, directs the...
Source: TIME: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized 2020 Election COVID-19 Explainer News Source Type: news

As the COVID-19 Recession Extended Into the Summer of 2020, More Than 3 Million Adults Lost Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Coverage and 2 Million Became Uninsured
The Household Pulse Survey offers a snapshot of how health insurance coverage changed between April 23–May 12 and July 9–21, 2020, as the COVID-19 recession extended into the summer and millions of adults remained unemployed. (Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity)
Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity - September 17, 2020 Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Gangopadhyaya A Tags: Health Care Coverage and Access Source Type: news

Dashboard reveals COVID-19 ’s impact on Californians’ jobs, mental health
With more than 13,000 deaths and more than 712,000 confirmed cases in California alone, the COVID-19 pandemic has already had profound and lasting effects on the nation ’s most populous state.Now, UCLA ’sCalifornia Health Interview Survey haspublished preliminary data from its 2020 survey, shedding new light on the pandemic ’s effects on employment and home life in California. The figures provide further confirmation that the state’s vulnerable groups are among those being hardest hit by the crisis.The California Health Interview Survey is conducted annually by theUCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and the ful...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 10, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Americans sick with Covid disproportionately poor, minorities, uninsured and food insecure
(Physicians for a National Health Program) A new study finds that working-age adults who stayed home sick with symptoms of coronavirus in April-May were more likely to be people of color (Black, Hispanic, Asian), low-income, and have less education, compared to adults who remained working or who were absent from work because of non-Covid illness. The Covid group also had high rates of uninsurance and food insecurity, which could inform any future efforts to help those most impacted by the virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 10, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Social Norms and Self-Management Ability Social Norms and Self-Management Ability
Are higher levels of social norms associated with better self-management skills? A new study looks at the possible connection among low-income, uninsured primary care patients.Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Trump Program to Cover Uninsured Covid-19 Patients Falls Short of Promise
Some patients are still receiving staggering bills. Others don ’t qualify because conditions other than Covid-19 were their primary diagnosis. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Goodnough Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Health Insurance and Managed Care Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (2020) Hospitals United States Politics and Government Medicaid Federal Aid (US) Trump, Donald J your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Serbia: Health System Review.
Authors: Bjegovic-Mikanovic V, Vasic M, Vukovic D, Jankovic J, Jovic-Vranes A, Santric-Milicevic M, Terzic-Supic Z, Hernandez-Quevedo C Abstract This analysis of the Serbian health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. The health of the Serbian population has improved over the last decade. Life expectancy at birth increased slightly in recent years, but it remains, for example, around 5 years below the average across European Union countries. Some favourable trends have been observed in healt...
Source: Health systems in transition - August 28, 2020 Category: Health Management Tags: Health Syst Transit Source Type: news

Maharashtra government to retain price cap on private hospitals
Maharashtra govt is set to extend till November the cap on rates that private hospitals can charge for treatment of Covid-19, according to people in the know. The move will help keep hospital beds within reach of coronavirus patients who do not have insurance cover to pay for treatment. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cosmetic surgeon struck off after botched ops
Patients awarded thousands in compensation have not been paid as he did not have insurance. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news