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

Drop In Sudden Cardiac Arrests Linked To Obamacare

The following excerpt comes from an article by Jenny Gold on Kaiser Health News.--- If 22 million Americans lose their health care coverage by 2026 under the GOP Senate’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, how many people could die? The question is at the heart of the debate raging in Washington, … Continue reading Drop In Sudden Cardiac Arrests Linked To Obamacare

Health Insurance Coverage, Doctor-Patient Relationship, and Health Care Utilization

A recent study published in Preventive Medicine Reports explored the effect of health insurance coverage and doctor-patient relationships on the likelihood that an individual would receive diagnostic tests for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Using data collected from 230 participants in the Labor Market Health Care Survey (LMHCS), the study examined three questions: How does health … Continue reading Health Insurance Coverage, Doctor-Patient Relationship, and Health Care Utilization

Three-Year Impacts of the Affordable Care Act: Improved Medical Care and Health Among Low-Income Adults

The following comes from a Commonwealth Fund summary of research first published in Health Affairs Web. Synopsis Low-income adults in Arkansas and Kentucky who obtained coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion had better access to primary care and preventive health services, lower out-of-pocket costs, improved medication compliance, and improved self-reported health status than … Continue reading Three-Year Impacts of the Affordable Care Act: Improved Medical Care and Health Among Low-Income Adults

Medicaid’s Role in Providing Access to Preventive Care for Adults

The following excerpt is from a Data Note by Leighton Ku, Julia Paradise, and Victoria Thompson published by the Kaiser Family Foundation published on May 17, 2017. Medicaid, the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low income, covers 74 million Americans today, including millions of low-income adults. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded … Continue reading Medicaid’s Role in Providing Access to Preventive Care for Adults

HDRG Recap: Health Care Apartheid: Labor Markets, Race-Ethnicity, and Affordable Care

At the April 21, 2017, meeting of the Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG), Dr. Kenneth Hudson and his team presented findings from their research on the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on insurance rates. This work is part of the research project The Impact of Labor Force/Labor Market  Status on … Continue reading HDRG Recap: Health Care Apartheid: Labor Markets, Race-Ethnicity, and Affordable Care