Medicaid expands for adults

As of January 1st, the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid eligibility requirements to include adults living at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (about $15,000 per year for an individual). However, several state and local governments, including … Continue reading

Can MLPs lead the care team?

Primary care will be delivered increasingly by non-physician clinicians in the future. How will patients fare? There is an increasing shortage of primary care physicians (PCPs) in the United States and it is projected that US medical schools will not be able to produce enough physicians in … Continue reading

Are You in Love with Mary Jane?

Does the availability of medical marijuana increase the risk of recreational use among teens? Data suggest not. Since 1996, when California became the first state in the US to pass a medical marijuana law (MML) and provided broad protection against prosecution for both physicians and patients, 17 … Continue reading

Cost-shifting: no longer a concern?

A study refutes the theory of cost-shifting in health care and suggests private cost growth mirrors Medicare. Increasing costs of health care in the United States have been longstanding concerns.  Several solutions have been proposed to address this issue; one idea calls for decreasing … Continue reading

Insurance Impacts Infant Health

Insurance is needed for access; access is vital to life. Mortality rates associated with premature births in the United States have been a longstanding concern among pediatricians.  Although extensive research and preventative measures have been employed to combat this problem, the US still … Continue reading