Carroll County School Board approves policy changes and revamps employee health care

Carroll County School Board approves policy changes and revamps employee health care

The Board of Education unanimously approved a health care provider for Carroll County public school employees and policy revisions related to violent incidents and student health. At its monthly Wednesday evening meeting, the board approved the renewal of employee health care through Aetna. As a provider of Medicaid, prescription drugs, stop loss insurance, and Medicare … Read more

House just passed a controversial defense policy bill that limits access to abortion and transgender health care for military personnel. Here’s how the Colorado delegates voted.

House just passed a controversial defense policy bill that limits access to abortion and transgender health care for military personnel.  Here's how the Colorado delegates voted.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the annual defense policy bill on Friday, 219 to 210. The Colorado delegation like the House as a whole split largely, but not quite, along the lines of the party after Republicans added several controversial amendments to the culture war. The bill would authorize an $866 billion defense bill … Read more

Why do Americans pay more for health care?

Why do Americans pay more for health care?

The United States spends significantly more on health care than other nations, but it doesn’t have better health outcomes. Additionally, rising health care spending is a key driver of America’s unsustainable national debt, and high health care costs also make it more difficult to respond to public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Below … Read more

Medicaid expansion has improved access to palliative care for cancer patients

Medicaid expansion has improved access to palliative care for cancer patients

By Kelsey Waddill July 13, 2023 — Medicaid recipients with advanced-stage cancer may have greater access to palliative care in states that have adopted Medicaid expansion, according to a study published in Health Affairs. The researchers leveraged the National Cancer Database to perform this assessment. The individuals in the sample ranged in age from 18 … Read more

Patient Discovery announces steering committee dedicated to reducing disparities in cancer care

Patient Discovery announces steering committee dedicated to reducing disparities in cancer care

Nationally Recognized Champions of Health Equity Named as Inaugural Members. BOSTON, July 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Patient discoveryleader in using patient-centric data to drive equitable health outcomes, recently announced inaugural members of new group Connect life to care Steering Committee. This group will focus on improving access to care and outcomes for all cancer patients. … Read more

Mental health respite facilities are filling care gaps in more than a dozen states

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If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing “988” or the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741. Aimee Quicke has made repeated trips to emergency rooms, hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and psychiatric lockdowns for mental health crises — including suicidal … Read more

No connection between the submarine tragedy and health care credit

No connection between the submarine tragedy and health care credit

Claim: Media used Titan submarine tragedy to ‘cover’ a $1,300 monthly health care credit A July 2 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) shows a video alleging that the media used the implosion of the submersible Titan to divert people’s attention away from free health claims. Guys, the media was using the byline to cover … Read more

Biden takes aim at Trump’s health care policy

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Friday already?! Here’s what we’re looking at as we prepare for lawmakers to return to Washington next week. Biden moves to limit ‘junk insurance’ President Joe Biden on Friday proposed a series of initiatives intended to reduce health care costs, including new restrictions on short-term insurance plans that critics are calling “junk” because they can … Read more

Biden reverses Trump’s expansion of ‘junk’ health care plans.

President Joe Biden comments on his plan to protect Americans' access to affordable health care in Virginia Beach, Virginia on February 28, 2023.

WASHINGTON President Joe Biden is cracking down on what the White House calls junk health insurance plans, which is less robust, short-term coverage that the Trump administration has expanded as a cheaper alternative to Obamacare plans. Insurance rules set out in the Affordable Care Act, for example, require plans to cover pre-existing conditions. That’s not … Read more

California promises better care for thousands of inmates as they leave prison

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California has agreed to improve health care for newly released disabled inmates, including through a series of measures that advocates say will help nearly anyone trying to transition from incarceration. Lawyers representing inmates say adequate assistance during the transition from prison has long been lacking and can lead to homelessness. A recent study found that … Read more