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Studies show Medicaid expansion improved health outcomes, cost effects unclear

Studies show Medicaid expansion improved health outcomes, cost effects unclear

Health
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Expand it and they will come -- and, in the case of reforms to Medicaid eligibility, they might get healthier. Studies published in the last year, assessing the impact of broadening Medicaid eligibility on everything from colon and throat cancer to opioid addiction, suggest access to care is a big part of why people do not get treatment. The consensus of the studies, experts say, is that by providing more people with access to care, with low out-of-pocket costs, they are enabled to more proactively manage their health -- which, in turn, has led to better outcomes. Whether the stream of studies shows a true picture of the benefits and risks of expanding the federally supported health insurance program remains, however, an open question. "It's a bit of a mixed bag," Dr. D...
Premium changes, Medicaid expansion driving ACA enrollment drop

Premium changes, Medicaid expansion driving ACA enrollment drop

Health
Dec. 13 (UPI) -- As open enrollment for 2020 healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act closes on Sunday, one question has cast a long shadow over the law and the current signup period: Why have fewer Americans used the federal insurance exchange this year than in years past? According to the most recent figures released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, through Saturday, nearly 3.9 million people have applied for 2020 coverage using the healthcare.gov website. Through the same period last year, more than 4.1 million people had done so. Coleman Drake, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh who has studied the ACA , said several factors are contributing to the 5 percent drop. "There are three primary reasons enrollment is...
PNB unlikely to subscribe to fresh equity expansion of its housing subsidiary PNB Housing

PNB unlikely to subscribe to fresh equity expansion of its housing subsidiary PNB Housing

Finance
KOLKATA: Punjab National Bank is unlikely to subscribe to the fresh equity expansion of its housing subsidiary PNB Housing while Carlyle Group is keen to expand its investment, sources familiar with the development told ET. The housing finance company is raising Rs 2000 crore equity first time in four years. State-run PNB holds 32.66% in the company while Carlyle holds 32.25% through a group company, called Quality Investment Holdings. General Atlantic with 9.87% interest in the housing finance lender may also subscribe to the issue, sources said. A couple of new investors may usher in. When contacted, PNB Housing managing director Sanjaya Gupta merely said that two of the three large investors would invest. He did not share further details. PNB did not respond to queries. It is learnt tha...
Social Security expansion bill poised to gain traction in Congress

Social Security expansion bill poised to gain traction in Congress

Finance
As Social Security's funding problems loom ever closer on the horizon, the program has emerged as a pet project on many lawmakers' fix-it list. Now in control of the House, Democrats have thrown their weight behind a measure that would extend and expand the program — largely by asking high earners to pony up, along with a gradual increase in the Social Security tax rate that applies to workers' income. "Democrats have agreed that we should expand, not cut, Social Security and have the wealthy pay their share," said Nancy Altman, president of advocacy group Social Security Works. ...