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Medicaid expansion likely improved colon cancer care, study finds

Medicaid expansion likely improved colon cancer care, study finds

Health
Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Medicaid expansion has likely improved care of colon cancer, researchers said in a study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The researchers compared states that expanded Medicaid health insurance in 2014 to non-expansion states and found that expansion led to earlier diagnosis, better access to care and improved surgical care. Advertisement The reason states had more stage 1 diagnosis after Medicaid expansion is unclear, but may indicate better access to care, Samer Tohme, senior investigator on the study, said in a press release. "Studies show that patients who are diagnosed with cancer at an earlier stage are more likely to have better treatment options, improved quality of care, and longer survival," said Tohme, a surgical oncologist a...

Many Americans will eventually need long-term care. Here’s how to pay for it

Finance
Morsa Images | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesChances are, you aren't seriously thinking about how to pay for long-term care when you are older.Most people only think about it at two points in their lives: when their parents need it or when they start to get much older and realize they need to have a plan, said Carolyn McClanahan, a physician and certified financial planner at Life Planning Partners in Jacksonville, Florida.Yet someone turning 65 years old today has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services in their remaining years, according to the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services. Women need 3.7 years of care, while men need 2.2 years. The average lifetime cost of formal long-term care is $ 172,000, according to PWC. "The big thing that you at least nee...
Coronavirus: Thousands still missing out on vital NHS care

Coronavirus: Thousands still missing out on vital NHS care

Health
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Black, White COVID-19 patients with access to care die at similar rates, study shows

Black, White COVID-19 patients with access to care die at similar rates, study shows

Health
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- White Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 are just as likely to die from the disease as Black Americans, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open. Just over 23% of White patients with COVID-19 being treated in the hospital ultimately died after getting infected, compared to 19% of Black patients, the data showed. Advertisement Researchers have previously found that Black and Hispanic Americans are hospitalized for the new coronavirus at a rate up to three times their share of the general population, but with access to care the death rates appear to even out. "These findings suggest that while Black U.S. residents might be at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and represent a disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths, mortality for those able to access...
IG report: Defense Dept. is failing in mental health care of troops, families

IG report: Defense Dept. is failing in mental health care of troops, families

Business
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The mental health care of U.S. military troops and their families is not being met by the military health system, a Defense Department Inspector General says. The 74-page report, released this week, found that "the DoD did not consistently meet outpatient mental health access to care standards for active duty service members and their families, in accordance with law and applicable DoD policies." Advertisement It noted that, in the December 2018 to June 2019 time period studied, "seven of 13 MTFs [military treatment facilities] or their supporting TRICARE network [civilian and veteran treatment facilities] did not meet the specialty mental health access to care standard." Over half of active duty members and their families, in need of mental health care, did not receive i...