The First 10 Years of the ACA: We Must Protect and Build on Major Gains in Sexual and Reproductive Health
March 23 marks 10 years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. Over this decade, the law has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the United States, eliminated many unfair private insurance practices, expanded the scope of what health insurance covers, instituted new patient protections, supported the U.S. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Race, Insurance Status Linked to Lower Cancer Survival
MONDAY, March 16, 2020 -- Nonwhite, uninsured patients with clinically favorable human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) have higher mortality than their white peers, according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Annual Report to the Nation: Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer and found that cancer death rates decreased between 2001 and 2017. Researchers also found that all Healthy People 2020 targets for reducing death rates were met for all cancers, but identified that breast cancer screening rates dropped slightly among rural and uninsured women. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - March 12, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Uninsured older adults more likely to be sicker and in need of inpatient care in China
(University of Toronto) A new study, published this week in the International Journal of Health Services, found that older adults without health insurance in China were 35% less likely to receive needed inpatient care compared to those with job-based health insurance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study examines how Ontario family doctors charge for uninsured services
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - March 12, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

‘There Has to Be a Plan.’ For Relatives of Nursing Home Residents, Anger and Worry as the Coronavirus Spreads
Kevin Connolly says his father-in-law credits the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington with “giving him his life back.” It’s where he recovered from hospice care, flirted with nurses and enjoyed eating chicken pot pie. But now, it’s where Connolly worries the 81-year-old will die because of what he says has been a bungled response to the coronavirus outbreak that has devastated the nursing home facility, which is linked to at least 13 of the 19 coronavirus deaths that had been reported in the U.S. as of Sunday morning. “I can no longer sit around and wait for a phone call to tell me my lo...
Source: TIME: Health - March 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Reilly Tags: Uncategorized coronavirus COVID-19 elder care nursing homes Source Type: news

Why the US is so vulnerable to coronavirus outbreak
High numbers of uninsured people mean it could spread more quickly than in other countries (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - March 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Uninsured Kidney Patients Often End Up in ERs
Title: Uninsured Kidney Patients Often End Up in ERsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/5/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/6/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - March 6, 2020 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Why Coronavirus Testing Should Be Free For All Americans
When Osmel Martinez Azcue returned to the US after a trip to China and developed a flu-like illness, he did exactly the right thing. He went to a hospital in Miami to get tested for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Thankfully, he was clear of the virus—it was regular, seasonal flu. But imagine his shock when the bill arrived for $3,270 and his insurance company said he’d have to pay $1,400 out of pocket. Stories like this one are playing out all across America. If any of the 28 million people without insurance develop symptoms and get coronavirus tests, they could face medical bills that could push the...
Source: TIME: Health - March 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gavin Yamey Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 health ideas Source Type: news

Uninsured Kidney Patients Often End Up in ERs
THURSDAY, March 5, 2020 -- In a finding that likely applies to emergency rooms across the United States, researchers report that over 10,000 uninsured patients needed lifesaving kidney dialysis at Texas emergency departments in 2017. Those patients... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 5, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Waive fees for coronavirus tests and treatment, health experts urge
New York is among the first states in the country to waive some fees and expenses for people who undergo testing for the coronavirus, as public health officials are increasingly worried that medical bills will discourage the poor and uninsured from getting medical care. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Reed Abelson and Sarah Kliff Source Type: news

America ’s Health System Will Likely Make the Coronavirus Outbreak Worse
As government officials race to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, fundamental elements of the U.S. health care system—deductibles, networks, and a complicated insurance bureaucracy—that already make it tough for many Americans to afford medical care under normal conditions will likely make the outbreak worse. More than 140 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States so far, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. But as the CDC makes the test for the virus more widely available, the structure of the U.S. health care system is complicating the response. For one, people mus...
Source: TIME: Health - March 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Health Care Source Type: news

State And Local Leaders Discuss Front Line Coronavirus Prevention
EAST BOSTON (CBS) — State and local leaders are coming together to get ahead to the coronavirus. At the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Wednesday morning, Congressman Joe Kennedy III lead a round table discussion. The focus of the discussion became the role of community health centers in the event of an outbreak and the potential impact the virus will have on the most vulnerable. Among the most at risk are those on Medicare and Medicaid, the uninsured, immigrants and anyone who feels they have no choice but to go work instead of staying home sick. “I’m also concerned about our staff,” said Manny...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Coronavirus Health News Joe Kennedy III Lisa Gresci Source Type: news

Waive Fees for Coronavirus Tests and Treatment, Health Experts Urge
As the number of U.S. cases mounts, officials and advocates want to ensure that medical bills, especially for the poor or uninsured, are not an obstacle to seeking care. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 4, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Reed Abelson and Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Medicine and Health United States Politics and Government Epidemics Emergency Medical Treatment Respiratory Diseases Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Tests (Medical) your-feed-healt Source Type: news

Health Mart Independent Pharmacies Donate Their Dispensing Services to HHS to Support “Ending the HIV Epidemic” Initiative
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Health Mart today announced that more than 3,300 Health Mart independent pharmacies agreed to donate their dispensing services to support Ready, Set, PrEP, the HHS program that provides free PrEP medication to uninsured individuals. As part ... (Source: McKesson News)
Source: McKesson News - March 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news