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The Racial Divide Affecting Medicaid Expansion

New research published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law revealed that public support for Medicaid expansion is related to state adoption, but this public support is racialized. Using complex statistical wrangling, the authors [...]

April 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Fixing the Family Glitch

The “Family Glitch” is a problem cited by many policy experts as a substantial flaw in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here is how it works: if an individual has a family income between 100-400% of the federal poverty level and is ineligible for [...]

April 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Americans Struggle with Costs and Access

Since 1998, the Commonwealth Fund has surveyed several health care metrics in eleven countries across North America, Europe, and Australia. Recent surveys have shown the United States lagging in indicators relating to access and perceptions of [...]

April 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Access to Specialists Worse with Medicaid

Increase outpatient services and thereby decrease expensive emergency department visits, or so the popular axiom goes. This only works, however, if there are enough outpatient visits to be had. This study by Medford-Davis et al. examines the [...]

April 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Implications of Health Reform

On March 9, 2017, House Republicans announced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). A week later, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of [...]

March 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Punch to the Gut for Young Americans

Appendicitis is not pleasant. Commonly described as a dull mid-abdominal ache that sharpens as it moves toward the right lower quadrant, it is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Worse than appendicitis, however, are the possible complications [...]

March 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

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