health care spending

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Good News For Obamacare: 2016 Enrollment Numbers Exceed Hopes

The Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2016 enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act, and the results are good news for supporters of the President’s signature health care law: the third enrollment season brought in nearly 13 million sign-ups for Obamacare, exceeding the government’s goals for enrollment and beating last year’s … Continue reading

Task Force Releases New Guidelines Clarifying When Women Need Mammograms

The debate over when and how often women should get mammograms was reignited Monday with the release of new guidelines that recommend that women wait until age 50 to begin getting the breast cancer screenings, and then follow up with them every other year, rather than annually. The guidelines, issued by the influential U.S. Preventive … Continue reading

With GOP Gubernatorial Victory In Kentucky, Health Insurance For 400,000 Is Now At Risk

With Tuesday’s election of Republican Matt Bevin as the new governor of Kentucky, the future of the state’s thriving health insurance market — established under the Affordable Care Act — is suddenly at risk, leaving half a million newly-insured residents hanging in the balance. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is retiring because of term limits, … Continue reading

Experts Say Universal Screening For BRCA Mutations Is Worthless: ‘Like Looking For A Needle In A Haystack’

Universal screening to identify women carrying BRCA gene mutations is a “questionable” idea with little to no clinical value given the “extraordinarily low prevalence” of the mutations, experts say in a new article published in JAMA Oncology. The decision-analysis study, conducted by Elisa F. Long, PhD, and Patricia Ganz, MD, of the University of California … Continue reading

Obamacare Is Increasing Access To Health Care, Reducing ‘Long-Standing Racial Disparities’

    The Affordable Care Act has improved key health care indicators for millions of Americans, reversing what had been a downward spiral in which health care was becoming more costly and less available to many Americans, a new study finds. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show marked gains … Continue reading

Uninsured Rate Continues To Fall Under Obamacare

A year and half after the Affordable Care Act went into effect, the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance continues to plunge, according to a new Gallup survey released Monday. The poll found that the uninsured rate in the U.S. fell from 17.3% in 2013 to 11.7% in the first half of 2015. But … Continue reading

This One Chart Shows The Remarkable Success Of Obamacare

The uninsured rate in the United States is at its lowest level ever recorded by Gallup, continuing a trend that first appeared amid the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka, “Obamacare”). In the second quarter of this year, the uninsured rate plunged to 11.4 percent, down from, 11.9 percent in the first quarter of … Continue reading

Thanks, Obamacare! Uninsured Rate Continues To Plunge

The sharp plunge in the number of Americans lacking health coverage has continued in the second quarter of 2015, pushing the uninsured rate down to a record low, a new Gallup survey shows. The decline is evidence of lasting improvement following a sharp first-quarter drop, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. In the second quarter … Continue reading

Young African American Men Deserve Better From Health Care

Healthcare spending is at an all-time high in the U.S., yet young African-American men see little benefit, according to new research published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers point out that black men have a life expectancy nearly five years less than white men. While heart … Continue reading

President Obama’s Awesome Reaction When He Learned Of The Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling

When President Barack Obama learned that the Supreme Court had rejected a major challenge to his signature health care law, White House photographer Pete Souza was there to capture the moment. On Thursday, the court ruled 6-3 against invalidating subsidies for people who live in states with federal health care exchanges, marking the second time … Continue reading

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