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 20, 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