Many young children are now going without health insurance
The number of uninsured kids younger than 6 has spiked above a million for the first time since most of the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2014. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Ollove Source Type: news

& #62;10,000 Uninsured Texas Patients Seek Dialysis in ED Annually
MONDAY, March 2, 2020 -- More than 10,000 uninsured patients in Texas sought hemodialysis in emergency departments in 2017, according to a research letter published online Feb. 19 in JAMA Network Open. Julianna West, from The University of Texas... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 2, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Despite burdens most pediatricians very supportive of national vaccination program
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Despite bureaucratic hurdles, the vast majority of pediatricians want to keep participating in a national program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children who are on Medicaid, uninsured, or who are American Indian/Alaska Native, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

California loosens its individual mandate for health insurance
Uninsured Californians still have time to avoid a penalty for not having healthcare if they sign up through Covered California by March 31. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melody Gutierrez Source Type: news

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 to suffe...
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