CDC: Chronically uninsured rate for adults falls to 7.6%

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An estimated 7.6% of adults under age 65 were uninsured for more than one year when surveyed in the first nine months of 2016, down from 16.8% in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The share of chronically uninsured who are Hispanic, employed,... read more

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Tag: Coverage

GAO reports on trauma center availability for children

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An estimated 57% of U.S. children live within 30 miles of a level I or II pediatric trauma center, which can treat all injuries regardless of severity, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. State-level estimates range from zero to more than 90%, GAO said. Pediatric trauma... read more

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Tags: child health, access, emergency care

SAMHSA webinar next week on growing the behavioral health workforce

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on April 19 will host the third webinar in a quarterly series on innovative state solutions to develop the behavioral health workforce. The 2 p.m. ET webinar will focus on the state of Alaska’s efforts. To register, click here. The webinar... read more

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Tags: workforce, Behavioral health

Tool offers comparison data on VA clinic wait times, hospital quality

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The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday released an online tool providing average wait times for primary and specialty care appointments at specific VA clinics. The tool also provides data on VA patient satisfaction with wait times, and same-day service options for primary care and mental health. In... read more

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Tags: quality, access

Gallup reports uptick in adult uninsured rate

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The share of U.S. adults without health insurance rose 0.4 percentage points in the first quarter of 2017, to 11.3%, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Still, that’s 6.7 percentage points lower than just before the Health Insurance Marketplaces opened in October 2013, Gallup notes. 

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Tag: Coverage

Pediatric hospitalizations for certain conditions higher where incomes vary widely

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Children living in areas with large differences in income have higher hospitalization rates for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, according to a study published online this week by JAMA Pediatrics. These are conditions for which timely and effective outpatient care might avoid hospitalization, such as... read more

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Tag: access

Hospitals add 8,700 jobs in March

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.17% in March to a seasonally adjusted 5,095,800 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 8,700 more people than in February and 112,100 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due to... read more

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Kansas approves legislation to expand Medicaid to low-income adults

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The Kansas legislature today approved bipartisan legislation (HB 2044) to expand Medicaid eligibility to uninsured adults under age 65 who earn up to 133% of the federal poverty level. The Kanas Hospital Association supported the measure, which calls for the state to submit a waiver request to the federal... read more

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Tag: Medicaid

Medical school seniors, others matched to residency slots

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A record 30,478 medical school seniors and graduates were matched to U.S. residency positions today through the National Resident Matching Program, 906 more than last year. A record 31,757 positions were offered. Applicants include students and graduates of U.S. and international medical schools. 

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Tags: physicians, graduate medical education

CMS: 12.2 million select Marketplace plan during 2017 open enrollment

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More than 12.2 million people selected a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplaces during 2017 open enrollment, about 500,000 fewer than last year, according to a final report released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More than 9.2 million people enrolled through HealthCare.gov,... read more

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Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

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