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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. The second graph is the number of COVID deaths from IHME. Not nearly as bad. CDC reported death numbers are similar. In fact, the number of deaths in recent weeks is no different from normal according to the CDC. One reason for rising cases is that we are doing more testing. Thus,…

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