For the Poor, Obamacare Can Reduce Late Rent Payments

The following excerpt comes from the December 4, 2018, article by Kriston Capps on CityLab. When Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision in 2012 to uphold the Affordable Care Act, the court set the stage for a natural experiment in economics. His majority opinion in NFIB v. Sebelius invalidated the part of … Continue reading For the Poor, Obamacare Can Reduce Late Rent Payments

Promoting Young Children’s Healthy Development in Medicaid and CHIP

The following excerpt comes from the report by Elisabeth Wright Burak released October 17, 2018, by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families. A child’s brain develops most rapidly in the earliest years of life, building the foundation for learning, behavior and health. Medicaid—as the primary source of health coverage for … Continue reading Promoting Young Children’s Healthy Development in Medicaid and CHIP

Health Insurance Coverage in Small Towns and Rural America: The Role of Medicaid Expansion

In September, the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families released a report by Jack Hoadley, Joan Alker, Mark Holmes highlighting the impact of Medicaid expansion on rural areas. Key findings include: The uninsured rate for low-income adult citizens (below 138 percent FPL) has come down since 2008/09 in nearly all states, … Continue reading Health Insurance Coverage in Small Towns and Rural America: The Role of Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Expansion Helped Reduce Disparities Among Different Groups With Cancer

The following excerpt comes from the Agust 30,2018, article by Allison Inserro on the In Focus Blog at AJMC. The expansion of Medicaid may mitigate health disparities in cancer diagnosis, according to a recent study that found state variation in reductions in the percentage of uninsured patients aged 18 to 64 years diagnosed with cancer. … Continue reading Medicaid Expansion Helped Reduce Disparities Among Different Groups With Cancer

Positive Economic Effects from Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion Provides Example for Southern States

The following excerpt comes from the July 5, 2018, article by Allexa Gardner on the Say Ahhh! Blog from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute for Children and Families. A new report produced by Louisiana State University shows Louisiana’s decision to expand Medicaid to non-elderly adults below 138%of Federal Poverty Level (FPL) has resulted in … Continue reading Positive Economic Effects from Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion Provides Example for Southern States

The American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality

The following excerpt comes from the January 19, 2018, article by Vann R. Newkirk II in the Atlantic. For most people, a single doctor’s visit can be a financial obstacle course. Many patients throughout the year pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in premiums, most often through workplace contributions. Then, at the doctor’s office, they … Continue reading The American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality

Why insurance really is a life or death issue, especially for minorities

The following excerpt comes from the article by Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice posted on CNN on October 19,2017. The study released this week by the American Cancer Society highlighted the significant role health insurance plays in the widening chasm of disparities in breast cancer mortality. Progress on this front has been made. The Affordable Care … Continue reading Why insurance really is a life or death issue, especially for minorities

Why Medicaid Is The Platform Best Suited For Addressing Both Health Care And Social Needs

The following excerpt comes from the article by Katharine Witgert published September 7, 2017 on the Health Affairs Blog. ...The Medicaid program provides a plausible platform upon which to build a health infrastructure that incorporates the social determinants of health. Medicaid could provide a common entry point that links individuals and families not just to … Continue reading Why Medicaid Is The Platform Best Suited For Addressing Both Health Care And Social Needs

Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care: Has the Affordable Care Act Made a Difference?

The following excerpt comes from the Issue Brief written by Susan L. Hayes, Pamela Riley, David Radley, and Douglas McCarthy.  It was originally posted to the Commonwealth Fund website on August 24, 2017. Historically, in the United States, there has been a wide gulf between whites and members of minority groups in terms of health … Continue reading Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care: Has the Affordable Care Act Made a Difference?

The Affordable Care Act and Women

In August, the Commonwealth Fund released the issue brief How the Affordable Care Act Has Helped Women Gain Insurance and Improved Their Ability to Get Health Care Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2016. The brief explores how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reforms on women’s insurance coverage and access to care. … Continue reading The Affordable Care Act and Women