People with complex, long-term health care needs, and those living in poverty, often struggle the most to get their needs met. In this video, The Commonwealth Fund’s Melinda Abrams and Mark Zezza, along with Jennifer DeCubellis of Hennepin County Health in Minneapolis, talk about new models of care that can help health care providers improve the health and health care of their high-need patients, while also lowering costs. They also explain how focusing on these patients has the potential to improve care for all Americans.
Infertility treatment is a numbers game in some respects: How many treatments will it take to conceive a child? And how much can you afford?
Even as insurance plans are modestly improving their coverage of such treatments, clinics and others are coming up with creative ways to cover the costs to help would-be parents reduce their risk for procedures that can run tens of thousands of dollars.
Some even offer a money-back guarantee if patients don’t conceive. Continue reading
From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For Colleges and Universities
Advice for Study Abroad, Foreign Exchange, or Other Education-related Travel
Is it safe to travel to countries where the Ebola outbreaks are occurring (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria)? What should we do if we have study abroad, foreign exchange, research, or other education-related travel planned to these countries? Continue reading
By Christine Vestal
Unhappy with the choices her insurance broker was offering, Denver publishing company owner Rebecca Askew went to Colorado’s small business health insurance exchange last fall.
She found exactly what she’d been hoping for: affordable insurance options tailored to the diverse needs of her 12 employees.
But Askew is in a tiny minority. Only 2 percent of all eligible businesses have checked out so-called SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) exchanges in the 15 states where they have been available since last October under the Affordable Care Act. Even fewer purchased policies.
So far, 15 states, including Washington state, and the District Columbia have set up SHOPs.
SHOP exchanges were supposed to open nationwide on Oct. 1, the same day as exchanges offering health insurance for individuals.
But the Obama administration postponed the SHOP launch, citing the need to fix serious technical problems with the exchanges for individuals, which it said were a higher priority. Continue reading
From the Office of Research on Women’s Health
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden force, such as from an explosive blast or an automobile accident, causes damage to the brain.
TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.
In most of these cases, the skull remains intact and the damage is believed to be caused by a pressure wave of the explosion’s concussive force passing through the brain.
Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Continue reading
By Carrie Feibel, KUHF
AUGUST 30TH, 2014, 10:18 AM
In a highly anticipated ruling, a federal judge in Austin struck down part of a Texas law that would have required all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical centers.
The regulation, which was set to go into effect Monday, would have shuttered about a dozen abortion clinics, leaving only eight places in Texas to get a legal abortion — all in major cities.
“. . . state’s regulation was unconstitutional and would have placed an undue burden on women, particularly on poor and rural women.”
Judge Lee Yeakel ruled late Friday afternoon that the state’s regulation was unconstitutional and would have placed an undue burden on women, particularly on poor and rural women living in west Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. Continue reading
Glitches and technical problems have affected as many as 28,000 people trying to buy health insurance through the Washington Healthplanfinder online marketplace, said associate operations director Brad Finnegan.
Consumers getting government subsidies for health insurance who are later found ineligible for those payments will owe the government, but not necessarily the full amount, according to the Treasury Department.
The clarified rule could affect some of the 300,000 people facing a Sept. 5 deadline to submit additional documents to confirm their citizenship or immigration status, and also apply broadly to anyone ultimately deemed ineligible for subsidies.
If found ineligible, residents could owe thousands of dollars.
Those who don’t know about the deadline, or can’t meet it because of glitches, could be deemed ineligible for subsidies and lose their coverage. Continue reading