Several encouraging reports from the last two years indicate that America is making some headway in the fight against youth obesity. But a new study by Harvard researchers suggests that the gains have been economically stratified — and the obesity rate is actually increasing for poor adolescents, even as it falls among teenagers with affluent and more-educated parents.
The Obama administration released new data Monday on the people who enrolled in health plans through the Affordable Care Act between October and December, the first half of Obamacare’s six month open enrollment period. For the first time, the administration included information on enrollees’ gender and age — the latter of which is particularly significant for how well the health law functions.
Over 1.1 million Americans enrolled in private health plans through Healthcare.gov between October 1 and Christmas Eve, the Obama administration announced on Sunday. That includes 975,000 enrollments in December alone as the beleaguered Obamacare website was relaunched at the beginning of the month and Americans faced a December 23 deadline to sign up for plans that take effect on New Year’s Day.
On Monday, ABC News correspondent Amy Robach revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer a month after reluctantly agreeing to an on-air mammogram on Good Morning America. Robach’s hectic job schedule kept her from getting tested earlier.
Approximately 46 percent of single, uninsured young adults living in 34 of the states with a federal Obamacare marketplace will be able to purchase basic health coverage — a bare-bones “Bronze” level plan — for less than $50 per month after factoring in federal tax subsidies, according to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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On Tuesday, Elizabeth Rosenthal of the New York Times tweetedout, “British royal born in fanciest ward :$15000. Average US birth: billed $30,000; paid $18,000. What’s wrong here?” Rosenthal has her numbers right — and to answer her question, what’s wrong is that the U.S. system of medical care charges patients on a fee-for-service basis without giving consumers transparent pricing information. Worse yet, Americans don’t even receive particularly high-quality maternal care in exchange for their outsized medical bills.
In a campus-wide email sent out on Friday, Dartmouth College’s Board of Trustees Chair Steve Mandel appeared to equate the actions of sexual assault protesters with the subsequent death and rape threatsmade against them by several other Dartmouth students on anonymous online forums and message boards.
According to a new Consumer Reports investigative study published Thursday, there is rampant variation in the price of generic drugs as large U.S. pharmacy chains — including CVS, Rite Aid, and Target — marking up the prices of generic drug versions for common medications by as much as 18 times what wholesale chains like Costco charge. That price variance ends up costing Americans, who spend an average of $758 out-of-pocket on drugs every year, hundreds of dollars in unnecessary spending each month.
The Great Recession, in conjunction with states’ propensities to cut Medicaid benefits in the face of the rising cost of health care services, led to some of the biggest cuts to state mental health care services in U.S. historybetween 2009 and 2011. Of course, the population of Americans with mental health problems didn’t just disappear in that time. Facing a shortage of adequate medical resources, many of them are now ending up in the only place that will take them: America’s jails.