CMS: 16.7 million enroll in Medicaid/CHIP since October 2013

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More than 16.7 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and April 30, 2017, increasing total enrollment in the programs by more than 29% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a ... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Enrollment, Coverage, Medicaid

CMS issues 2017 Marketplace enrollment update

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About 10.3 million Americans had an active 2017 health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplaces as of March 15, or 84% of those who selected a plan during open enrollment, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. About eight in 10 active enrollees... read more

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Tag: Coverage

AHA offers Congress recommendations to better integrate care in Medicare Advantage

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The AHA today encouraged Congress to continue access to Medicare Advantage special needs plans for vulnerable populations and give all MA plans more flexibility to tailor their products based on enrollees’ needs. “In some cases, a small subset of enrollees would benefit from a certain specialized service,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, care coordination

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

Topic: Access and Coverage
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

Topic: Access and Coverage
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

Topic: Access and Coverage
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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