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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

MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- 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 ...

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...

11 Feb
1 in 5 Insured Hit With Surprise Bills for Surgery

1 in 5 Insured Hit With Surprise Bills for Surgery

You scheduled your surgery and made sure both your doctor and hospital are in your insurer's approved network of providers. Everything went without a hitch -- until a whopper of a bill showed up in the mail for "out-of-network" care during your operation.

The averag...

06 Feb
2 Million Lost Health Coverage or Access in Trump's First Year

2 Million Lost Health Coverage or Access in Trump's First Year

Two million more Americans didn't seek health care from late 2016 through 2017 because they couldn't afford it and/or lacked insurance, new research shows.

The analysis of data from 2011 through 2017 also found that health care coverage and access improved with imple...

03 Feb
HIV Drug Costs Soaring, Jeopardizing Effort to End Epidemic

HIV Drug Costs Soaring, Jeopardizing Effort to End Epidemic

The U.S. government aims to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, but skyrocketing medication costs may make that a pipe dream, a new study suggests.

Since 2012, the cost of antiviral treatment for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has jumped 34%. That's nearly four time...

31 Jan
Obamacare May Have Boosted Jobs, Education for Poor

Obamacare May Have Boosted Jobs, Education for Poor

The Affordable Care Act might have done more than provide more Americans with health insurance: New research suggests accompanying expansions in Medicaid may be linked to higher numbers of low-income people having jobs or going to school.

That's what happened after M...

28 Jan
Despite Obamacare, Number in U.S. Who Can't Afford to See Doctor Keeps Rising

Despite Obamacare, Number in U.S. Who Can't Afford to See Doctor Keeps Rising

Even though the Affordable Care Act expanded access to health insurance, the number of Americans who can't afford to see a doctor keeps increasing, a new study shows.

The researchers found that compared with two decades ago, more Americans today say they have skipped...

23 Jan
How Obamacare Helped Some Southern States

How Obamacare Helped Some Southern States

The physical and mental health of poor people is less likely to be at risk in Southern U.S. states that expanded their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 15,500 low-income adults in 12 Southern states and fo...

10 Jan
Obamacare May Have Prevented Many Opioid-Related Deaths

Obamacare May Have Prevented Many Opioid-Related Deaths

The Medicaid expansion brought in by Obamacare may have prevented thousands of deaths from opioid overdoses, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that in U.S. states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, fatal opioid overdoses dipped...

06 Jan
Medical Paperwork Costs U.S. $812 Billion a Year

Medical Paperwork Costs U.S. $812 Billion a Year

Medical paperwork cost the United States $812 billion in 2017 and accounted for more than one-third of total spending for doctor visits, hospitals, long-term care and health insurance, according to a new study.

However, reducing medical paperwork expenses to the same...

30 Dec
Young Cancer Patients Fare Better on Private Insurance

Young Cancer Patients Fare Better on Private Insurance

The odds of surviving childhood cancer may be influenced by the type of health insurance a young patient has, researchers say.

In a new study, children and young adults covered by Medicaid or other government agencies were less likely to be alive five and 10 years af...

25 Nov
Heart Medicines Priced Out of Reach for Many Americans

Heart Medicines Priced Out of Reach for Many Americans

Many working-age Americans struggle to pay for the heart medications that protect them from heart attack, stroke and heart disease, a new study reports.

About one in eight adults suffering from a high-risk heart problem say financial strain has caused them to skip ta...

23 Oct
Married Women Gained Most From Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion: Study

Married Women Gained Most From Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion: Study

Married people, especially women, benefited more than singles after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded Medicaid insurance coverage in the United States, a new study finds.

The ACA allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage for adults, and 25 did so by 2014. Since...

12 Sep
Is Your State One of the 'Most Obese' in America?

Is Your State One of the 'Most Obese' in America?

The number of U.S. states with adult obesity rates above 35% reached an all-time high of nine in 2018, a new report says.

In 2018, the nine states with adult obesity rates above 35% were: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, No...

02 Jul
Need Emergency Air Lift to Hospital? It Could Cost You $40,000

Need Emergency Air Lift to Hospital? It Could Cost You $40,000

An air ambulance might be your only chance to survive a medical emergency -- but a new study reports it's going to cost you.

The median charge of an air ambulance trip was $39,000 in 2016, about 60% more than the $24,000 charged just four years earlier, researche...

20 Jun
More Than 5 Million U.S. Cancer Survivors Deal With Chronic Pain

More Than 5 Million U.S. Cancer Survivors Deal With Chronic Pain

One-third of U.S. cancer survivors have chronic pain, and 1 in 6 have levels that restrict their daily activities, a new study finds.

"The prevalence of chronic pain and high impact chronic pain among cancer survivors in our study was almost double that in the genera...

05 Jun
ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Have Lowered Heart Disease Deaths

ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Have Lowered Heart Disease Deaths

New research supports the notion that Obamacare has improved the health of Americans: State expansions in Medicaid appear to have cut the number of deaths from heart disease.

Counties in states with expanded Medicaid experienced an average of four fewer deaths from h...

04 Jun
'Secret Shopper' Study Finds Many Who Need Addiction Treatment Can't Get It

'Secret Shopper' Study Finds Many Who Need Addiction Treatment Can't Get It

When people who are addicted to opioids make the difficult decision to quit, the last thing they need to face are barriers to treatment.

Yet, a new "secret shopper" study suggests most addicts seeking a prescription for buprenorphine -- which helps people stop using ...

24 May
Colon Cancer Screenings Increase When Medicaid Arrives

Colon Cancer Screenings Increase When Medicaid Arrives

There were greater increases in colon cancer screening rates in states that expanded Medicaid than in those that did not, a new study finds.

It also found that expansion resulted in hundreds of thousands more people getting screened for colon cancer through colonosco...

22 May
Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors

Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors

A solid minority of senior citizens still struggles to afford their prescription medications, a new government report shows.

About 5% of adults 65 and older don't take their medication as prescribed to cut costs, according to survey data from the U.S. Centers for...

19 Apr
Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion a Year With Dip in Smoking

Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion a Year With Dip in Smoking

Just a 1% decrease in the number of Medicaid recipients who smoke could save the insurance program billions of dollars a year, a new study suggests.

Over one year, that small decline in smoking and its associated health harms would lead to $2.6 billion in total M...

17 Apr
C-Section Infection Risk Higher for Moms on Medicaid: Study

C-Section Infection Risk Higher for Moms on Medicaid: Study

For women who deliver a baby by cesarean section, the risk of developing a surgical site infection is higher if she is covered by Medicaid versus private insurance, a new study finds.

Several factors may be at play, including a patient's living situation and social s...

01 Apr
Obamacare Is Helping West Virginia Fight the Opioid Crisis

Obamacare Is Helping West Virginia Fight the Opioid Crisis

New research suggests that the Medicaid expansion the Affordable Care Act set into motion has played a key role in fighting America's opioid epidemic.

Ever since West Virginia expanded its Medicaid program under "Obamacare," many more people with opioid addiction hav...

25 Mar
Medicaid Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening All Over the Map

Medicaid Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening All Over the Map

State Medicaid programs must do more to make sure that people at high risk for lung cancer are screened for the deadly disease, a new American Lung Association report says.

Medicaid is the public assistance program offering health care coverage for low-income America...