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CDC: Half Of All American Adults Have A Chronic Disease

Half of all adults in the US have at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in The Lancet. The paper – part of a new series in the journal, ‘The Health of Americans’ – says the proportion … Continue reading

Millions Of People Have Gained Access To Health Care, But Republicans Still Say Obamacare Is Worse Than 9/11, Slavery, And The Holocaust

Nine months after the official rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), things are looking pretty good for the new health care law. In total, counting those who signed up for coverage via the state exchanges, healthcare.gov, and the Medicaid expansion, an estimated 17.2 million people have gained access to health insurance under the law. The percentage of … Continue reading

The Hidden Benefits Of The Affordable Care Act — And How They Could Change The Modern Face Of Health Care

President Barack Obama’s health care reform law will spend more than $1 trillion over the next decade to extend health coverage to millions of people — and about $20 billion actually trying to make us healthier. The money supporting these initiatives is tucked inside the Affordable Care Act in the form of the Prevention and … Continue reading

Health Policy Research Roundup: Six New Reports From The Health Care Industry

With the Affordable Care Act now in full swing, health policy research has kicked into overdrive. Here are six reports released last week that provide insight into the diverse industry of health care: Health Affairs: Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: An Examination Of Market And Policy Strategies 
 The ongoing consolidation between and … Continue reading

The Affordable Care Act: Improving Health Care For Women Of Color

Women of color, many of whom have unique health issues or are disproportionately underserved by the current health care system, have much to gain under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By making private insurance more affordable, expanding Medicaid, creating partnerships with communities of color, and supporting important care-delivery and system reforms, the ACA will improve … Continue reading

Reducing Just Six Risk Factors Could Prevent 37 Million Deaths Over The Next 15 Years

Reducing or curbing just six modifiable risk factors — tobacco use, harmful alcohol use, salt intake, high blood pressure and blood sugar, and obesity — to globally-agreed target levels could prevent more than 37 million premature deaths over 15 years, from the four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs): cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory disease, cancers, and diabetes, … Continue reading

CDC: 5 Things Cause Two-Thirds Of All Deaths In The U.S.

Five things kill more people in the United States than anything else: heart disease, cancer, lung disease such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, stroke, and unintentional injuries such as those on roads or caused by medication overdoses (and for young people, firearm deaths). Together, these five conditions cause almost two-thirds of all deaths in the … Continue reading

Stuck In The Coverage Gap: Low-Income Women In States Not Expanding Medicaid Face Major Barriers To Critical Health Care Services

Access to affordable health coverage is important for everyone, but it is a particularly salient issue for women. Women more often manage multiple chronic conditions and pay more than men in out-of-pocket costs, which makes them particularly vulnerable to health care costs. As a result, their health care needs go unmet, with women routinely foregoing … Continue reading

These 6 Reasons Explain Why Childhood Obesity Has Fallen So Much

These 6 Reasons Explain Why Childhood Obesity Has Fallen So Much The Washington Post —  A major new paper appearing in this month’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that childhood obesity — age 2 to 5 — has fallen from 13.9 percent in 2003-04 to 8.4 percent in 2011-12. This age … Continue reading

Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion Has Already Cut The Number Of Uninsured West Virginians By A Third

Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion Has Already Cut The Number Of Uninsured West Virginians By A Third Think Progress —  West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) decision to accept Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion last spring is already paying off in a big way for the large number of poor and uninsured people in the state. According … Continue reading

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