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This paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine sheds light on the costs of bureaucratic waste in our health care financing system. This waste is a cost of enforcing unequal access to care and extracting profit. The study found that health care bureaucracy cost Americans $812 billion in 2017, more than one-third (34.2%) of […]
ABSTRACT Of the fourteen states that have not expanded eligibility for Medicaid, nine are in the southern census region, and two others border that region. Ongoing debate over the merits of Medicaid expansion in these states has focused, in part, on whether the safety net provides sufficient access for uninsured low-income Americans. We analyzed longitudinal […]
Overall national health spending grew at a rate of 3.9 percent in 2017, almost 1.0 percentage point slower than growth in 2016, according to a study conducted by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and published online today ahead of print by Health Affairs. Medicare spending grew at about the […]
Strengthening Women’s Health: A Key to Reducing Infant Mortality and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities
North Carolina is at a crossroads. Reductions in infant mortality have stalled and new data show rates are on the rise for the state’s most vulnerable babies.
One in every five adult women in North Carolina is uninsured, the majority of whom are women of reproductive age between 19 and 44. The Affordable Care Act allows states to extend Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults who are in the coverage gap
Today, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report, Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, which details the effects of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on access to care, financial security, overall health and well-being of residents, and state economies. The Affordable Care Act has expanded high‐quality, affordable health insurance […]
Report details county-by-county exactly how North Carolina is losing out on jobs and other economic benefits due to the State Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid. Funded by Greensboro’s Cone Health Foundation and Winston-Salem’s Kate B. Reynolds Foundation, researchers from George Washington University analyzed the losses in NC. The full report is available, with a handy […]
Introduction This report presents data on health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Source and Accuracy [PDF 374kb] Highlights In 2013, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage for the entire […]
Executive Summary The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United […]
Key findings Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2012 In 2012, more than one in four families experienced financial burdens of medical care. Families with incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL) were more likely to experience financial burdens of medical care than families with incomes above 250% of the […]
As originally passed, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded Medicaid to cover most uninsured, low-income citizens and legal immigrants who have resided in the United States for at least five years. However, the US Supreme Court, in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 132 S. Ct. 2566 (2012), held that this mandatory Medicaid expansion was unconstitutionally coercive to the states. This decision leaves the Medicaid expansion as a voluntary option to the states.
This was the detailed study performed by the NC Institute of Medicine for use by the NC General Assembly’s deliberation on accepting the Federal Affordable Care Act’s offer of expanding to new recipients: poor adults without any of: young children pregnancy full and permanent disability senior citizen status Ideas it contains include the cost of caring […]
BACKGROUND Several states have expanded Medicaid eligibility for adults in the past decade, and the Affordable Care Act allows states to expand Medicaid dramatically in 2014. Yet the effect of such changes on adults’ health remains unclear. We examined whether Medicaid expansions were associated with changes in mortality and other health-related measures.