Getting a birth control implant used to cost some women hundreds of dollars, especially if they had a high-deductible health plan. A new study shows the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s no-cost birth control provision, and the potential impact of a Supreme Court ruling allowing employers to opt out.Read more
The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for low-income people appears to lead to earlier diagnosis of colon cancer, enhanced access to care, and improved surgical care for patients with this common cancer.Read more
States where Medicaid was expanded under the Affordable Care Act have seen a measurable increase in the early detection of cancer and reduced late-stage cancer incidence, according to the results of a new study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.Read more
The study showed that health insurance expansions increased early-stage cancer diagnoses, while rates of late-stage cancer decreased.Read more
The Affordable Care Act has improved women’s reproductive health care, but a looming legal challenge threatens those gains. On Nov. 10, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in California v. Texas, which challenges the constitutionality of the ACA.Read more
President-elect Joe Biden began transition planning with the announcement of a COVID-19 task force, continuing a focus on health careRead more
People who are transgender and lack access to insurance coverage for gender-affirming hormone therapy are more likely to turn to sources other than a licensed health care provider, a new Michigan Medicine-led study finds.Read more
Removing out-of-pocket costs for contraception may help reduce the income-related disparities that play such a significant role in unintended pregnancies, a new Michigan Medicine-led study suggests.Read more
A free online event featuring health policy experts will explore the past, present and future of the Affordable Care ActRead more
Professor Lena Merjanian, a reproductive health expert and gynecologist at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is available toRead more
New data from researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) revealed the effects of Medicaid expansion on cancer death rates on a national scale. The landmark study found that states that adopted Medicaid expansion following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 saw greater decreases in cancer mortality rates than states that did not. The findings were presented as part of the press program for this year’s virtual annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).Read more
The Endocrine Society is alarmed by the Administration’s proposed rule to roll back protections for transgender individuals and narrow the scope of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when everyone needs access to health care. The Society calls on the Administration to maintain access to care protections for all, particularly vulnerable populations.Read more
A decade after President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more people are fully insured, fewer are uninsured and people who lose their insurance intermittently are no longer at greater risk of bankruptcy, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study.Read more
In states that chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), lower-income women now have access to mammograms at a higher rate than in states that did not expand Medicaid coverage.Read more
Recovery. Reentry. Reopen. Return. A new normal. Faculty experts at DePaul University are available for news media interviews about what comes next — after the COVID-19 pandemic. Does the world return to normal or will there be fundamental changes to how we live our lives, work, and travel; and how we are governed?Read more
n the years after 2014, when the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces were established, low-income patients who underwent a surgical procedure saved an average of $601 in out-of-pocket spending and $968 in premium spending per year, compared to before the marketplaces existed. Those low-income patients also had a 35% lower chance of having catastrophic levels of household medical spending.
However, for middle-income patients, spending levels were about the same before and after the marketplaces began.Read more
As the Affordable Care Act turns 10, a new study shows it has narrowed racial and ethnic gaps in access to health insurance – but definitely not eliminated them.
Both the percentage of people 19-64 who lacked health insurance, and the size of the health insurance gap between white, African-American and Hispanic Americans, shrank. From 2013 to 2017, the gap between blacks and whites narrowed 45%, and the difference between Hispanics and whites narrowed 35%.
[Embargoed to March 2, 2020 @ 4 p.m. (ET). ] By 2008, when President Obama was first elected, the rateRead more
Peter Loge is an expert in political communication relating to public health initiatives and is the director of the ProjectRead more
Commercially insured children in the U.S. are seeing pediatricians less often than they did a decade ago, according to a new analysis led by a pediatrician-scientist at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.Read more
When Michigan expanded its Medicaid program to cover more low-income residents, its leaders built in special features to encourage enrollees to understand their health risks, and incentivize them to prevent future health problems, or find them early. According to two new studies, that effort has paid off.Read more