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Is non-expansion a death sentence?

The journey to health care reform has surely been a long one, but for all of the twists and turns, the road to the Affordable Care Act may culminate in an unanticipated dead-end. Now that we have established health insurance exchanges and expanded [...]

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

ER Closures & Mortality at Nearby Hospitals

There has been an increase in demand for emergency care in the U.S., yet access to emergency rooms is diminishing. From 1996 to 2009, annual visits to Emergency Departments (EDs) increased by 51% while the number of EDs decreased by 6%. This has led [...]

October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Who’s Responsible for Decreased Health Care Spending?

A recent study explored whether there is a relationship between the healthcare spending of uninsured individuals – sorted by citizenship status – prior to and during the Great Recession using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) database. [...]

October 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Will Medicaid gains offset DSH cuts?

The Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program was developed to provide financial assistance for hospitals that care for large numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients. During the development of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), policymakers [...]

September 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

States opt for lower smoking fees

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows insurance companies to charge smokers up to 50% higher premiums than nonsmokers. However, this study found that most insurance companies are charging much less than the 50% maximum surcharge allowed. Source: [...]

September 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

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