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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We Are in Store for the Greatest Change to Our Healthcare System Since the Affordable Care Act. Here’s Why. – The Health Care Blog – Health Article

By LOGAN CHO The COVID-19 pandemic has been harsher and lasted longer than many of us would have predicted. While our media has been inundated with updates on death tolls and economic depression, there has been little conversation of healthcare beyond the era of COVID-19. The first question that we ask when we hear of deaths: was it COVID? We have grown to expect the primary cause of death to be of coronavirus. But the impact of COVID-19 will extend…

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New tip sheet explains ‘partial Medicaid expansion’ – and why it hasn’t happened (yet) – Health Article

Map: Kaiser Family Foundation (as of Nov. 15, 2019) Since the Supreme Court ruling in 2012, states have been warring over whether or not to expand Medicaid. Now, some states want to pursue a “partial” expansion – under the same generous federal funding rules. So far, no state has been able to do this – but they are trying. In a new tip sheet, Rachana Pradhan – who had been covering Medicaid deeply at Politico and has moved to Kaiser…

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Globe Spotlight journalist reports on the link between economic inequality and financial toxicity in health care – Health Article

Image by Colin Dunn via Flickr Two of the biggest issues the Democratic candidates are addressing in the presidential race are economic inequality and the need to reform the health insurance system. In 2016, Liz Kowalczyk, a health care and medical writer for The Boston Globe, rotated onto the paper’s Spotlight team for a project about race to document segregation in the city’s health care system. Soon after beginning that assignment she found an almost ideal source for one of…

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