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29 Jun
Staffing Shortages Have U.S. Nursing Homes in Crisis

Staffing Shortages Have U.S. Nursing Homes in Crisis

There's a shortage of nursing home beds for the elderly in America due to a severe staffing crisis that has caused long-term care facilities to cut back on new admissions, new research shows.

Three out of five nursing homes (61%) have limited new admissions due to staffi...

16 Jun
Obamacare May Have Helped Lower Suicide Rates

Obamacare May Have Helped Lower Suicide Rates

Suicide rates are rising more slowly in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study finds.

“Suicide is a public health problem, and our findings indicate ...

19 May
Obamacare Helped Extend Lives of People With Cancer

Obamacare Helped Extend Lives of People With Cancer

Cancer survival rates rose more in states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare than in those that did not, and rates increased most among Black patients and those in rural areas, according to a new study.

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27 Apr
Pandemic Medicaid Rules Allowed More Women to Stay Insured After Childbirth

Pandemic Medicaid Rules Allowed More Women to Stay Insured After Childbirth

Far fewer U.S. women lost health insurance coverage after giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic than in previous years, likely due to a federal law that prevented Medicaid from dropping people, researchers say.

But they noted that the

04 Feb
Crowdfunding for Medical Costs Almost Always Fails

Crowdfunding for Medical Costs Almost Always Fails

You have almost certainly seen the pleas while scrolling through social media: Called crowdfunding, folks try to raise money to pay for their sick loved one's mounting medical bills.

But new research sh...

31 Jan
Calif. Universal Health Care System Bill Faces Monday Deadline

Calif. Universal Health Care System Bill Faces Monday Deadline

California lawmakers must vote by Monday on whether to keep a bill to create a universal health care system moving forward.

Monday, Jan. 31, is the last chance for Califor...

21 Jan
After Heart Attack, Cardiac Rehab Begins Road to Recovery

After Heart Attack, Cardiac Rehab Begins Road to Recovery

Your heart is in an incredibly vulnerable state if you've suffered a heart attack or are fighting heart failure, and cardiac rehabilitation could be an important part of your recovery.

Unfortunately, not enough older folks appear to be taking advantage of this life-savin...

18 Jan
Here's How to Get Your Free Home COVID Test Kits

Here's How to Get Your Free Home COVID Test Kits

Home COVID tests are now available at no cost to most Americans, as part of the Biden administration's effort to increase testing around the United States.

Folks can buy home tests online or in stores and be

12 Jan
Medicaid Rules May Affect Americans' Cancer Survival

Medicaid Rules May Affect Americans' Cancer Survival

The chance of someone who is covered by Medicaid surviving cancer may depend in part on where they live, a new analysis finds.

In states that had lower Medicaid income eligibility limits, cancer survival rates were...

15 Dec
Many Seniors on Medicare Falling Into Medical Debt

Many Seniors on Medicare Falling Into Medical Debt

"Medicare For All" gets tossed around a lot by advocates of universal health coverage, but a new study finds that today's Medicare is far from free for seniors and people with disabilities.

Instead, a large number of beneficiaries are sliding into medical debt and delayi...

07 Dec
1 in 3 U.S. Children Lack Adequate Health Insurance

1 in 3 U.S. Children Lack Adequate Health Insurance

Though they live in one of the world's richest nations, a growing number of young Americans are without ample health insurance.

07 Dec
Medicaid Expansion Saved Lives in Affected States: Study

Medicaid Expansion Saved Lives in Affected States: Study

In a sign that the expansion of Medicaid has really worked, new research finds that death rates have declined in states that expanded the public health insurance program.

Medicaid expansion began in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") and ...

03 Dec
Almost 13 Million Americans Per Year Skip Meds Due to Cost

Almost 13 Million Americans Per Year Skip Meds Due to Cost

Nearly 13 million U.S. adults a year skip or delay filling needed prescriptions due to high price tags, new research shows.

This figure includes more than 2.3 million Medicare beneficiaries and 3.8 million privately insured working-age adults who didn't get needed medica...

04 Oct
Racial Disparities Persist With Childhood Cancers

Racial Disparities Persist With Childhood Cancers

Black kids and Hispanic kids with cancer fare worse than their white counterparts, a large, nationwide study finds.

"This study suggests that improving health insurance coverage and access to care for children, especially those with low [socioeconomic status], may reduce...

01 Oct
How the COVID Pandemic Made the Opioid Epidemic Worse, Even as Telehealth Helped

How the COVID Pandemic Made the Opioid Epidemic Worse, Even as Telehealth Helped

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the U.S. opioid crisis in ways bad and good, increasing the risk of use and overdose but also spurring innovative approaches to treatment.

The pandemic has definitely been linked to an increase in opioid use and overdose deaths, Tufts ...

17 Sep
Millions Who Joined Medicaid During Health Emergency Could Soon Lose Coverage

Millions Who Joined Medicaid During Health Emergency Could Soon Lose Coverage

When the COVID-19 public health emergency ends, a new crisis in insurance coverage in the United States may begin.

Fifteen million Americans who enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic could lose their coverage when the emergency declaration ends, according to an analys...

16 Sep
Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

The cost of providing hospital care for unvaccinated Americans has reached $5.7 billion in just three months, CBS News reported.

Between June and August, about 287,000 people who were not vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States, according ...

13 Sep
Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Helped Americans' Blood Pressure

Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Helped Americans' Blood Pressure

With the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, fewer Americans are uninsured and more are getting their blood pressure and blood sugar under control, a new study finds.

The gains are especially strong among Black and Hispanic patients, according to Boston University res...

10 Sep
Average COVID Hospitalization Is 150 Times More Expensive Than Vaccination

Average COVID Hospitalization Is 150 Times More Expensive Than Vaccination

While the cost of administering COVID-19 vaccines is nominal -- and free to consumers in the United States -- the cost of paying for hospitalizations for people who've contracted the virus is dramatically higher.

The average financial cost of hospitalization for a COVID-...

23 Aug
Little Change in Number of Uninsured in  Pandemic's First Year

Little Change in Number of Uninsured in  Pandemic's First Year

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on the economy and jobs, it didn't result in fewer Americans having health insurance.

The number of 18- to 64-year-olds in the United States without health insurance held steady at 11% between March 2019 and April 2021, ac...

20 Aug
American Dental Association Pushes for Dental Coverage Under Medicaid

American Dental Association Pushes for Dental Coverage Under Medicaid

Dental care should be a required part of Medicaid coverage for adults in every state, the American Dental Association and nearly 130 other organizations urge in a letter to Congress.

The groups called on lawmakers to support and advance a bill called the Medicaid Dental ...

11 Aug
Did Obamacare Expand Access to Insurance for Minorities? In Some U.S. States, Hardly at All

Did Obamacare Expand Access to Insurance for Minorities? In Some U.S. States, Hardly at All

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reduced the ranks of uninsured Americans, but a recent study shows that many U.S. states did little to close racial gaps in health coverage.

Researchers found that in the two years after the ACA came into force, some U.S. states showed large...

26 Jul
Patients of Color Less Likely to Get Specialist Care Than White Patients

Patients of Color Less Likely to Get Specialist Care Than White Patients

People of color are consistently less likely to see medical specialists than white patients are, a new U.S. study finds, highlighting yet another disparity in the nation's health care system.

Researchers found that compared with their white counterparts, Black Americans,...

21 Jul
PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans

PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans

Nearly all health insurers must cover the entire cost of HIV prevention treatments, the U.S. government says.

That includes the two approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs Truvada and Descovy, all clinic visits and lab tests, NBC News reported.

19 Jul
Many Hit Hard by Pandemic Now Swamped by Medical Debt

Many Hit Hard by Pandemic Now Swamped by Medical Debt

The coronavirus pandemic has left plenty of Americans saddled with medical bills they can't pay, a new survey reveals.

More than 50% of those who were infected with COVID-19 or who lost income due to the pandemic are now struggling with medical debt, according to resear...

15 Jul
More Americans Gaining Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment, But Race Matters

More Americans Gaining Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment, But Race Matters

Opioid addiction treatment has become more widely available to Medicaid recipients under the Affordable Care Act, but Black patients are much less likely than white patients to get that treatment, a new study finds.

"Opioid use disorder can be treated, just like any othe...

14 Jul
Cancer Survivors Fared Better Financially After Obamacare

Cancer Survivors Fared Better Financially After Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has eased financial struggles for younger adult cancer survivors, a new study finds.

University of Michigan researchers analyzed data from more than 20,000 participants in the National Health Interview Survey and found that cancer survivors ...

02 Jul
Cost a Barrier to Cervical Cancer Screening for Many U.S. Women

Cost a Barrier to Cervical Cancer Screening for Many U.S. Women

Many women in the United States aren't screened for cervical cancer because they can't afford it, a new study finds.

Screening helps reduce cervical cancer cases and deaths, but disparities in screening rates exist based on income, insurance status, race and ethnicity.

17 Jun
U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Challenge to Affordable Care Act

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Challenge to Affordable Care Act

The landmark Affordable Care Act, which has expanded health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans, has withstood a third challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 7-2 decision, a majority of justices ruled on Thursday that plaintiffs involved in the case did...

17 Jun
$10,000: What New Parents Might Pay for Childbirth, Even With Insurance

$10,000: What New Parents Might Pay for Childbirth, Even With Insurance

Having a baby is expensive. The cost of diapers, a crib, a car seat and all the other infant necessities can really add up, and now a new study shows that having a child comes with its own hefty hospital price tag for many U.S. families.

About one in six families in the ...

19 May
As Medicaid Access Expands, So Does Cancer Survival

As Medicaid Access Expands, So Does Cancer Survival

More lower-income Americans are surviving cancer due to expanded Medicaid health care coverage, a new study shows.

Researchers found a link between long-term survival of patients newly diagnosed with cancer -- across all stages and types of the disease -- and expan...

18 May
It's Still Tough to Find Prices on Most U.S. Hospital Websites

It's Still Tough to Find Prices on Most U.S. Hospital Websites

U.S. hospitals have been required to make their prices public since 2019, but 18 months into the rule more than half weren't doing it, a new study finds.

In 2018, the Trump administration issued a rule requiring hospitals to publish their "chargemasters" on their website...

12 May
For the Poor, Even a Small Medical Bill Can Trigger Coverage Loss

For the Poor, Even a Small Medical Bill Can Trigger Coverage Loss

WEDNESDAY, May 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) - When people with low incomes are asked to help pay for their health insurance, some drop their coverage, even when bills as low as $20 per month arrive.

That's the upshot of a new study of Medicaid expansion in the state of Mich...

03 May
Obamacare Gave More Breast Cancer Survivors Access to Breast Reconstruction

Obamacare Gave More Breast Cancer Survivors Access to Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction rates rose significantly among Black women after Obamacare expanded access to Medicaid, a new study says.

It also found a large increase in reconstruction rates among women with lower income and education levels.

The findings suggest "that Med...

19 Apr
Job Losses Hit Americans Hard in Pandemic, Report Confirms

Job Losses Hit Americans Hard in Pandemic, Report Confirms

American families that suffered job losses during the pandemic are struggling to pay their bills and afford food, and many have turned to government help, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,700 adults who took part in an Urban Institute survey in ...

17 Feb
Pandemic Has Affected Kids' Dental Health: Poll

Pandemic Has Affected Kids' Dental Health: Poll

Could the COVID-19 pandemic be taking a toll on kids' teeth?

A new, nationwide poll found the pandemic has made it harder for parents to get their kids regular dental care. But on the other hand, many say their youngsters are now taking better care of their teeth.

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17 Dec
Support for Obamacare Grows as Biden Takes Control: Poll

Support for Obamacare Grows as Biden Takes Control: Poll

The popularity of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, continues to grow, with nearly two-thirds of Americans saying they want the law to remain as is or be improved, a new Harris/HealthDay poll shows.

About 34% of U.S. adults think the Affordable Care Act sho...

06 Nov
If Elected, Joe Biden Has Big Plans for Health Care

If Elected, Joe Biden Has Big Plans for Health Care

If Joe Biden becomes the next president, he would have clear and ambitious plans for the nation's health -- expanding the Affordable Care Act, empowering public health agencies to deal with COVID-19, and passing a stimulus bill that would support struggling doctors, hospitals ...

30 Sep
Obamacare Means 2 Million Fewer Americans Face Catastrophic Medical Bills Each Year

Obamacare Means 2 Million Fewer Americans Face Catastrophic Medical Bills Each Year

Since the passage of "Obamacare," fewer Americans are facing insurmountable medical bills -- but the benefit does not seem to be reaching people with private insurance, a new study shows.

Researchers found that after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented, the...

06 Jul
Breast Cancer Caught Earlier in U.S. States With Expanded Medicaid: Study

Breast Cancer Caught Earlier in U.S. States With Expanded Medicaid: Study

Early-stage breast cancer is more likely to be diagnosed in U.S. states that have expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare than in those that haven't, researchers say.

Their new study looked at a database of more than 71,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 31...

06 Jul
Obamacare Helps Poorer Americans Spot Cancer Earlier: Study

Obamacare Helps Poorer Americans Spot Cancer Earlier: Study

Medicaid expansion under Obamacare may have decreased the number of poorer Americans diagnosed with advanced cancer, a new study suggests.

The study focused on Ohio, which was among the first states to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ...

18 Jun
Obamacare Linked to Fewer Leg Amputations for Minorities

Obamacare Linked to Fewer Leg Amputations for Minorities

There's been a significant drop in diabetes-related lower leg amputations among non-white patients in states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, a new study finds.

About one-third of people with diabetes develop a foot ulcer, which is the most common cause of foo...

02 Jun
Are Food Allergies Under-Diagnosed in Poor Families?

Are Food Allergies Under-Diagnosed in Poor Families?

Food allergies may be under-diagnosed among children covered by Medicaid, a new study suggests.

"We were surprised to find such a large discrepancy in estimates of food allergy prevalence in children on Medicaid compared to the general population," said senior study ...

15 May
Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Might Have Cut U.S. Cancer Deaths

Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Might Have Cut U.S. Cancer Deaths

Cancer death rates have declined more in U.S. states that expanded Medicaid after the Affordable Care Act than in those that didn't, a new study finds.

"This is the first study to show the benefit of Medicaid expansion on cancer death rates on a national scale," said...

01 May
Obamacare May Have Boosted Use of Mammograms

Obamacare May Have Boosted Use of Mammograms

Medicaid expansion under Obamacare has increased access to mammograms for impoverished older women, a new study suggests.

In those states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women who didn't have access to this breast cancer screening tool ha...

29 Apr
Obamacare May Help Many Laid-Off Workers Get Health Insurance

Obamacare May Help Many Laid-Off Workers Get Health Insurance

Millions of Americans in industries hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic could be eligible for financial help with health insurance, a new study says.

Many of the newly unemployed might not know they can get public insurance or subsidies for coverage through the Aff...

01 Apr
As Unemployment and COVID-19 Cases Rise, Who Will Pay for Care?

As Unemployment and COVID-19 Cases Rise, Who Will Pay for Care?

The coronavirus pandemic is spreading across the United States at the same time that millions have been laid off from their jobs.

That raises the obvious question -- how will those newly unemployed folks pay for medical care if they become infected with the coronavir...

03 Mar
U.S. Drug Prices Have Risen Three Times Faster Than Inflation

U.S. Drug Prices Have Risen Three Times Faster Than Inflation

Over the course of a decade, the net cost of prescription drugs in the United States rose more than three times faster than the rate of inflation, a new study finds.

The net cost of a drug refers to the sticker price minus manufacturer discounts.

Researcher...

12 Feb
Fewer American Families Weighed Down by Medical Bills

Fewer American Families Weighed Down by Medical Bills

The number of people struggling to pay their medical bills declined dramatically during the last decade, as the Affordable Care Act expanded health insurance coverage and financial protection for the sick.

The percentage of families who had problems paying medical ex...

11 Feb
Medicaid Expansion Meant More Poor in 'Diabetes Belt' Got Insurance

Medicaid Expansion Meant More Poor in 'Diabetes Belt' Got Insurance

There was a steep drop in the number of low-income people without health insurance in so-called Diabetes Belt states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, a new study shows.

The Diabetes Belt is a swath of 644 U.S. counties across 15 southeastern states that have h...