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Half of transgender youth avoid disclosing gender identity to healthcare providers

Half of transgender youth avoid disclosing gender identity to healthcare providers

Health
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Nearly half of transgender youth avoid disclosing their gender identity to healthcare providers for fear of discrimination and stigmatization, a new study shows. Published Thursday in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the findings by researchers at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh highlight the challenges faced by younger transgender people, even as social acceptance has increased, at least in some parts of the United States. "I hope the findings increase awareness about the fear of discrimination that many transgender youth face while accessing healthcare," study co-author Gina Sequeira, an adolescent medicine fellow at UPMC Children's Hospital, told UPI. "This is particularly relevant as an increasing number of states propose legi...
Pope Francis: Lack of access to healthcare is social justice issue

Pope Francis: Lack of access to healthcare is social justice issue

World
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Pope Francis on Friday said governments and institutions should work to ensure everyone has access to healthcare. In a message for the World Day of the Sick, the pope said the lack of access to healthcare is a matter of social justice. "For this reason, I urge healthcare institutions and government leaders throughout the world not to neglect social justice out of a preoccupation for financial concerns," he said. In his address, the pope also encouraged the use of principles of "solidarity and subsidiarity" to ensure access to treatments that will preserve or restore health. Subsidiarity is a concept in Catholic thought that matters should be handled by the smallest or least central unit of social organization at which they will function. He also encouraged healthcare prof...
How the Affordable Care Act transformed our health-care system

How the Affordable Care Act transformed our health-care system

Finance
U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Health Care for America Act during a ceremony with fellow Democrats in the East Room of the White House March 23, 2010 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee | Getty ImagesRecently, a federal court decided the central provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring all Americans to be insured or face a tax penalty is unconstitutional. Now, the entire law may be in limbo. Congress just repealed three taxes meant to raise revenue for the ACA.In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress had exceeded its constitutional power by requiring states to expand Medicaid — one of the main ways the law aimed to increase coverage rates. At least 14 states have refused to expand their Medicaid program since."Changes to the ACA have come from many different quarter

Navajo Nation to create its own managed healthcare entity

Health
The Navajo Nation says it is seeking to become one of the first Native American tribes to create it's own managed healthcare entityByThe Associated PressDecember 18, 2019, 6:36 AM2 min readWINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation is seeking become one of the first Native American tribes to create it's own managed healthcare entity, the tribe recently announced. The tribe said it plans to contract with Molina Healthcare to work toward a managed healthcare offering under New Mexico’s Centennial Care Medicaid program. Navajo Nation Counselor Daniel Tso, chair of the Health, Education and Human Services Committee, said the new entity “will be a one-of-a-kind medicaid program” designed to improve access and quality of healthcare on the largest Native American reservation. Navajos access care
Clients’ health-care spending gets closer look from advisors as costs squeeze budgets

Clients’ health-care spending gets closer look from advisors as costs squeeze budgets

Finance
Find yourself struggling to manage your health-care costs in retirement? You're not alone.As the cost of health care continues climbing faster than the rate of inflation and an aging population is living longer, many financial advisors are focused on the line item in their retired clients' budgets more than ever."It's a cost we see that's ever-present and it's gone way up over time," said certified financial planner Kelly Wright, director of financial planning for Columbia, Maryland-based Pinnacle Advisory Group. Pinnacle ranked No. 80 on the CNBC FA 100 list of top advisor firms for 2019.The ability to pay for health-care needs is one of the most critical issues of retirement.Hero Images | Getty ImagesThe U.S. spent about $ 3.5 trillion on health care in 2017, or about $ 11,000 per person...