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Medicaid expansion likely improved colon cancer care, study finds

Medicaid expansion likely improved colon cancer care, study finds

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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...
Appeals court deals blow to Trump’s Medicaid work rules

Appeals court deals blow to Trump’s Medicaid work rules

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The Trump administration's effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care has suffered a serious setback after a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what's allowed by lawBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JILL BLEED Associated PressFebruary 14, 2020, 9:22 PM4 min readWASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care suffered a serious setback Friday when a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what's allowed by law. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means President Donald Trump will have little to show for one of his major health care initiatives ahead of the November elections. The case involves Ark...
Studies show Medicaid expansion improved health outcomes, cost effects unclear

Studies show Medicaid expansion improved health outcomes, cost effects unclear

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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

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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...