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Medicaid enrollment on the rise – Healthcare Economist – Health Article

As reported by Kaiser Health News: Reversing a three-year decline, the number of people covered by Medicaid nationwide rose markedly this spring as the impact of the recession caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 began to take hold.Yet, the growth in participation in the state-federal health insurance program for low-income people was less than many analysts predicted. One possible factor tempering enrollment: People with concerns about catching the coronavirus avoided seeking care and figured they didn’t need the coverage…Medicaid enrollment…

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Some good news – Healthcare Economist – Health Article

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the US, there was some good news last week from this year’s AIDS conference. Due to COVID-19, the conference had to be held remotely. One policy goal is known as the 90:90:90, which means to identify 90% of HIV cases, treat 90% of those identified and supress viral load to undetectable levels for 90% of those treated. The Economist reports: Fourteen countries, including Botswana, Cambodia, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, report that they have…

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What explains the decline in COVID deaths despite the rising number of cases? – Healthcare Economist – Health Article

Take a look at these two graphs. The first gives the number of new COVID-19 cases from John Hopkins University. It is a scary graph. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/new-cases The second graph is the number of COVID deaths from IHME. Not nearly as bad. https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america CDC reported death numbers are similar. In fact, the number of deaths in recent weeks is no different from normal according to the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm One reason for rising cases is that we are doing more testing. Thus,…

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