Survey finds Texans are burdened by medical debt and lack of insurance
The rate of uninsured Texans is almost double the national average, and almost 40 percent of Texans carry some form of medical debt. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Spencer Brewer Source Type: news

Drug rebates for insurers tied to higher costs for patients, especially the uninsured
(University of Washington) The study found that rebates were associated with increases in out-of-pocket costs for patients by an average of $6 for those with commercial insurance, $13 for Medicare patients and $39 for the uninsured. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

To Fix America ’s Broken Health Care System, We Must Rethink Who Counts as an Expert
Americans are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic like survivors of a wildfire surveying an unfamiliar landscape. As we take stock of what’s left, we are forced to rebuild, but we need not simply restore what was taken in a hollow echo of what we knew before. We can make health care and the infrastructure that supports it better, stronger, more resilient. To do that, as we learned at great cost over the past 15 months, we must value all the stakeholders in the system: not just insurance executives and hospital CEOs, but patients, disabled people, older adults, low-income people, people of color who have faced histori...
Source: TIME: Health - June 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: s.e. smith Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

DBJ seeks nominations for 2021 Health Care Heroes Awards
The 2021 Health Care Heroes Awards will shine a light on those who have made an impact on health care through their concern for patients, their research and inventions, their management skills, their innovative programs for employees and their service to the poor and uninsured. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 25, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Caleb Stephens Source Type: news

Optimizing patient Engagement in Trials
Before the pandemic hit, the value for all parties in involving patients as key stakeholders in trial recruitment, design and execution was already becoming clear for pharma businesses, leading to more successful trials for them and better outcomes for patients.   Now, this dynamic has been shown to be even more apparent and important, says Madeline Geday, Director, Global Patient Engagement and Innovation at MSD. “Patients, especially with technology today, understand more than they ever have, and we should as an industry try to give our patients more.   Strong relationships with patient and advocacy groups can imp...
Source: EyeForPharma - May 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joseph Constance Source Type: news

South Africa: Compensation Fund, Partners Contribute R1.35 Billion Towards Vaccination of Uninsured Workers
[SAnews.gov.za] The Compensation Fund and mutual assurance companies Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) and Federated Employer's Mutual Assurance (FEMA) have joined forces to contribute R1.35 billion to procure vaccines for workers without medical aid cover. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uninsured cancer patients 60-64 face worse outcomes than Medicare beneficiaries aged 66-69
(Medical University of South Carolina) Research shows that a lack of insurance leads to worse cancer outcomes for patients 60-64 compared to Medicare beneficiaries aged 66-69. This work highlights the fact that many people cannot take advantage of potentially lifesaving treatments due to the high costs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Brushing away oral health disparities in America's rural children
This article may influence policy decisions in the near future. "To understand oral health discrepancies between rural and urban children, the investigators used data from the 2017-2018 National Survey of Children ' s Health, a nationally representative sample of children from the U.S. Along with collecting information about geographic location, family income, oral health condition, family structure and race, the survey asked about access to oral health care: Had a participant ' s child received oral health care? Did the child regularly see a health care provider for preventive care such as checkups and dental cleanings?Th...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - May 4, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

‘Your mouth becomes a minefield’: the Americans who can’t afford the dentist
Pandemic job cuts have meant many people have no insurance to pay for dental work – and the poorest are hardest hit (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research reveals Medicaid expansion is still improving hospital finances
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) A new study published in Medical Care Research and Review found that the Affordable Care Act, which expanded Medicaid programs to cover people previously uninsured, provided a financial boost to hospitals. The study is the first to investigate the effects of Medicaid expansion by comparing estimates using data from both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Brushing away oral health disparities in America's rural children
This article may influence policy decisions in the near future. "To understand oral health discrepancies between rural and urban children, the investigators used data from the 2017-2018 National Survey of Children ' s Health, a nationally representative sample of children from the U.S. Along with collecting information about geographic location, family income, oral health condition, family structure and race, the survey asked about access to oral health care: Had a participant ' s child received oral health care? Did the child regularly see a health care provider for preventive care such as checkups and dental cleanings?Th...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - April 27, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Blacks, hispanics, impoverished have worse survival rates among teens, adults under 40 with cancer
(UT Southwestern Medical Center) DALLAS - April 22, 2021 - Being Black or Hispanic, living in high-poverty neighborhoods, and having Medicaid or no insurance coverage are associated with higher mortality in men and women under 40 with cancer, a review by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Uninsured Americans Are Half As Likely To Get The Covid-19 Vaccine Even Though It ’s Free, New Data Shows
The federal government is providing Covid-19 vaccines free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Deb Gordon, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

What if the American Rescue Plan’s Enhanced Marketplace Subsidies Were Made Permanent? Estimates for 2022
The number of uninsured in the United States would fall by 4.2 million if policymakers made a temporary provision in the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) permanent, according to analysis by the Urban Institute. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care - April 14, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Banthin J Tags: Health Care Coverage and Access Source Type: news

DHS Reaffirms that Every Wisconsinite Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine
With everyone ages 16 and older now eligible for theCOVID-19 vaccine, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages everyone to schedule an appointment. Anyone that lives, works, or studies in Wisconsin can get vaccinated for free —even if you cannot provide proof of residency, do not have a valid state identification card, or do not have insurance. “This pandemic has proven that our health is connected with the health of everyone in our...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 12, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news