Lives are Literally at Stake

In the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40,000 women die from breast cancer every year. Breast cancer deaths are … Continue reading

Carrying the Big Stick in Health Policy

In 2004, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) launched the CMS Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program, which would publicly report delivered by US hospitals. A recent study investigated quality of care measures and racial/ethnic performance rates among and within hospitals from 2005 … Continue reading

Family planning & Medicaid

Expansion of Medicaid has been one of the most controversial provisions in health reform. With the Supreme Court’s June 2012 ruling that states could opt out of the Medicaid expansion, nearly half the states in the country are leaning towards foregoing expansion. Just as controversial a … Continue reading

Say Goodbye to the Big Gulp

In September 2012, the New York City Board of Health approved a ban on many sweetened beverages in containers over 16 ounces.  If the beverage industry is unsuccessful in contesting this decision, the ban will take effect in March 2013.  NYC's Board of Health rationalizes that the … Continue reading

Impact of a Medicaid opt out

Currently, Medicaid eligibility includes some disabled individuals, parents with incomes below welfare eligibility, some low income children, and pregnant women  under 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), starting January 2014, Medicaid coverage … Continue reading