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Medicaid expansion 'private option' plans drawing increasing concern from advocates

Stateline reports that backers of the health law and the expansion increasingly are worried that these alternative approaches being developed by some states could undermine the Medicaid program. [More]

Viewpoints: Health law didn't simplify anything; possible 'blowback' in 2016; now is the time for a 'doc fix'

Nelson's health insurance covered 90 percent of the costs after a reasonable $500 deductible. I'm happy he has such good health coverage. He's my dog. And I'm jealous of him. [More]

42% of Americans unable to describe deductible, shows survey

The week before open enrollment closes for new health care exchanges, a study by researchers at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research shows that those who might potentially benefit the most from the Affordable Care Act - including those earning near the Federal Poverty Level - are also the most clueless about health care policies. [More]

New international partnership aims to increase wheat yields by 50% by 2034

A new international partnership aims to increase wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034. This will address demand for wheat - one of the world's most important crops - that is growing much faster than production. [More]

Va. Gov.'s Medicaid expansion proposal denied

Republicans in a House committee rejected the proposal, which is holding up a two-year budget deal. Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried to shake up Virginia's deadlocked Medicaid debate Monday by proposing a new budget that would expand the health care program and shower a projected $225 million in related savings on teachers, state employees, pre-kindergarten programs and other Democratic priorities (Vozzella, 3/24). [More]
Certain drugs in Obamacare plans carry hefty pricetags

Certain drugs in Obamacare plans carry hefty pricetags

Insurers selling Obamacare plans have set drug prices according to a tiered system that in some cases requires consumers to pay as much as 50 percent of the cost, The Associated Press writes. [More]
Viewpoints: Predictions of rising premiums in 2015; anniversary of health law

Viewpoints: Predictions of rising premiums in 2015; anniversary of health law

No one challenges reality like Kathleen Sebelius, who assured the world on Sept. 30, 2013 that the Affordable Care Act website would be open for business the next day. "We're very excited about tomorrow," Sebelius said. "Shutdown or no shutdown, we're ready to go." [More]
Treat or eat: Many people forced to choose between food or medicine

Treat or eat: Many people forced to choose between food or medicine

Chronically ill adults who reported food insecurity in their household (not having consistent access to food due to lack of financial stability) were significantly more likely to report cost-related medication underuse, according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine,. The term cost-related medication underuse refers to taking less medication than prescribed, or not taking it at all due to financial concerns. [More]

Strengthening health systems is the most critical investment in global health, finds survey

Strengthening the health systems that provide health products and care is the most critical investment in global health, according to international survey results released today by leading global health organizations, PSI and PATH, as well as Devex, the global development media brand. [More]

Study estimates a third of uninsured won't enroll in health plans

The Fiscal Times reports that the study by Bankrate.com shows government outreach efforts are falling short. Meanwhile, news outlets look at enrollment efforts in New Jersey, Montana, Maine, Washington, Pennsylvania, Ohio and California. [More]
Binghamton University plays role in improving Rwandan’s healthcare system

Binghamton University plays role in improving Rwandan’s healthcare system

Twenty years after the Rwandan Genocide left nearly 1 million dead and 2 million homeless, Binghamton University is playing a role in improving the nation's healthcare. Karen Feltham, a clinical instructor in the Decker School of Nursing, spent the 2013 fall semester in Rwanda working with women in the Rwandan Midwives Association. [More]

Study explores the effect of falling incomes

Becoming poor makes people feel unhappy immediately due to the loss of income and status and this does not improve, even over the long term. [More]

State highlights: Vt. health care costs plan; Iowa inmate coverage; Mich. abortion law takes effect

A selection of health policy stories from Vermont, Iowa, Michigan, California, Florida, Wisconsin and North Carolina. [More]
Racial differences in health outcomes between blacks and whites associated with synthesize of Vitamin D

Racial differences in health outcomes between blacks and whites associated with synthesize of Vitamin D

​A new study investigating racial disparities in birth outcomes shows that contrary to some theories Vitamin D is unlikely to play a role in differences in preterm birth and low birth weight between African-Americans and whites. [More]
First Edition: March 13, 2014

First Edition: March 13, 2014

Today's headlines include details of Wednesday's Capitol Hill testimony by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. [More]
Bacterium and fungus partner to cause painful form of tooth decay in preschool children

Bacterium and fungus partner to cause painful form of tooth decay in preschool children

Early childhood caries, a highly aggressive and painful form of tooth decay that frequently occurs in preschool children, especially from backgrounds of poverty, may result from a nefarious partnership between a bacterium and a fungus, according to a paper published ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity. [More]
Viewpoints: No reason to delay health law; GOP may need an alternative message; shrinking abortion options

Viewpoints: No reason to delay health law; GOP may need an alternative message; shrinking abortion options

HealthCare.gov is working better, so the technical barriers to pushing people into new plans aren't as high. The law, meanwhile, attempts to establish a norm that all Americans should have coverage of a certain quality and comprehensiveness. In general and over time, this is good for them and for the system as a whole. [More]

Survey credits health law for lowered uninsured rate

News outlets report on implementation issues including the declining rate of uninsured people, confusion created by recent administrative changes and a union's assertion that the law will increase inequality. [More]
Longer looks: Health care in jail; preventing Medicare drug fraud; new medical codes

Longer looks: Health care in jail; preventing Medicare drug fraud; new medical codes

"Sheriff Ashe," [the waitress] began. "My daughter is in your jail." She then told me her daughter's story. "Laura," as I'll call her here, was a bright and sociable girl who, after graduating from high school, went on to community college. [More]

Aetna honored with 2014 Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities Award

Aetna was honored today by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) with the 2014 Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities Award. Aetna is a three-time recipient of the award that recognizes organizations for their commitment to equality in health care and exceptional support for cultural diversity. [More]