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