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3 Apr

Discrimination Against People With Low Socio-Economic Status Evident In Some Family Physicians’ Offices

Family physicians’ offices appear to discriminate against people of low socio-economic status, even when there is no economic incentive to do so under Canada’s system of publicly-funded universal health insurance, new research has shown. At the same time, these offices appear to give preference to people with chronic health conditions, according to the research led [...]

2 Apr

Premium Costs For Public Health Insurance Affect Coverage

Requiring individuals to pay a premium for public health insurance coverage can counteract the coverage effects of expanding eligibility for public health insurance programs to higher income families. That is the finding of a study by a team of researchers from Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS), University of California at Los [...]

1 Apr

State Action On Affordable Care Act’s 2014 Health Insurance Market Reforms

Only 11 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws or issued regulations to implement the Affordable Care Act’s major health insurance market reforms that go into effect in 2014, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. Thirty-nine states have not yet taken action to implement these requirements, potentially limiting their ability to fully [...]

31 Mar

Mental Health-Substance Use Services In Hospitals Up After Parity Law

Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“Parity Act”) increased access to mental health and substance use services in hospitals, yet consumers continued to pay more out-of-pocket for substance use admissions than for other types of hospital admissions, finds a new Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) report. The report is one of [...]

30 Mar

Providing Free Diabetes-Related Medications And Supplies Could Save Money For Insurers

Reducing financial barriers to medication access – a strategy known as value-based insurance design (VBID) – can improve medication adherence and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes. The economic and patient-perceived benefits of eliminating co-payments for diabetes-related medications and supplies are described in a trend-setting study published in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal [...]

29 Mar

HMO Enrollees With Poor Health Have Hardest Time Communicating With Doctors

In the nation’s most diverse state, some of the sickest Californians often have the hardest time communicating with their doctors. So say the authors of a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that found that residents with limited English skills who reported the poorest health and were enrolled in commercial HMO [...]

28 Mar

Emphasis On ‘Value’ In Health Care Reform Sends Mixed Messages

The wide consensus that health care spending poses a threat to the nation’s fiscal solvency has led to the championing of “value” as a goal of health care reform efforts. But the divergence of opinions between patients and physicians on the meaning of value presents an obstacle to progress in achieving genuine reform, says Lisa [...]

27 Mar

New Healthcare Law Will Allow Americans To Search and Compare Options for Coverage in 2014

With more parts of the Affordable Care Act going into effect over the coming months, the new changes will give consumers a reliable method to compare and enroll in healthcare coverage in the small group and individual markets, while giving insurance companies and states more independence and versatility to enforce the new law. The U.S. [...]

26 Mar

Keeping Millions Of American Women And Their Families Healthy

Women’s issues play a major role in the health of the nation and should be a key consideration for policymakers as they design and set up the new insurance exchanges, according to a report co-authored by policy experts at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). The report offers a [...]

25 Mar

In 2011 A Record Number Of Children Were Covered By Health Insurance

A record number of U.S. children were covered by health insurance in 2011, mostly due to substantial increases in the enrollment rates of public insurance, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute brief “Record Number of Children Covered by [...]

24 Mar

Boost In Access To Breast And Cancer Screens Study Shows

A study by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) indicates that full implementation of the Affordable Care Act would expand health insurance coverage for more low-income women, enabling more than a million women to obtain potentially life-saving screening for breast and cervical cancer. The study, “Health Care [...]

23 Mar

Study: Barriers To Prostate Cancer Care: Affordable Care Is Not Enough

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Latino men. Additionally, Latino men are more likely to be diagnosed with later-stage disease than non-Hispanic white men. “We found that an array of obstacles compromise access and frequently result in negative outcomes,” said Sally L. Maliski, associate dean of [...]

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