Published on December 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Des Moines Register: Seeing Health Reform As Economic Tool
(We) are recasting our message to the governor on this issue: Don't expand Medicaid just to help the poor and the mentally ill and the elderly Iowans who need it. Do it to help businesses. Governor (Terry) Branstad may not have thought about Medicaid as an economic development angle. We're not sure who has advised him when he first took a position against expanding Medicaid. ... A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the additional federal money for new Medicaid enrollees will actually save the state money and put more revenue into the bank accounts of Iowa hospitals that frequently are swallowing the cost of treating people who are not uninsured (12/11).
The Denver Post: Alabama Forges Ahead With Research On Benefits, Costs Of Medicaid Expansion
Okay, so not only is Colorado so far behind Alabama in football that we barely play the same game, now it turns out we're also behind the Sweet Home state in Medicaid research. University of Alabama-Birmingham researchers have carefully tallied uphow many people will join Medicaid under the proposed federal expansion, what it will cost Alabama to administer given the feds' offer of a 100 percent underwriting, and what the state would get back in new tax money and economic development (Booth, 12/11).
Kansas City Star: Removing Shame From Mental Illness
In the days since Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide, the tragedy has been framed as a controversy about gun control. What about the issue of getting help before it's too late? I recently returned to Kansas City after living in California for 10 years. In Los Angeles, I was surprised to see how open people were about their mental health. People chatted about how great their therapist was as if they were recommending their favorite restaurant. Friends would debate and discuss their favorite medications for anxiety and depression. In contrast, during my upbringing here, depression and mental illness were rarely discussed. As a child I recall repeatedly going to visit my grandfather in the hospital's locked-down psych ward. I was told he was "sick" or "sad" (Jenni Simcoe, 12/11).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.