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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426315/medicaid-expansion-and-aca-repeal-evidence-from-ohio
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Eric E Seiber, Micah L Berman
OBJECTIVES: To examine the health insurance coverage options for Medicaid expansion enrollees if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, using evidence from Ohio, where more than half a million adults have enrolled in the state's Medicaid program through the ACA expansion. METHODS: The Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey interviewed 42 000 households in 2015. We report data from a unique battery of questions designed to identify insurance coverage immediately prior to Medicaid enrollment...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407650/insurance-coverage-and-utilization-at-a-sexually-transmitted-disease-clinic-in-a-medicaid-expansion-state
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Madeline C Montgomery, Julia Raifman, Amy S Nunn, Thomas Bertrand, A Ziggy Uvin, Theodore Marak, Jaime Comella, Alexi Almonte, Philip A Chan
BACKGROUND: In Rhode Island, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has led to over 95% of the state's population being insured. We evaluated insurance coverage and barriers to insurance use among patients presenting for services at the Rhode Island sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic. METHODS: We analyzed factors associated with insurance coverage and utilization among patients presenting for STD services between July and December 2015. RESULTS: A total of 692 patients had insurance information available; of those, 40% were uninsured...
May 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406363/insurance-receipt-and-readiness-for-opportunities-under-the-affordable-care-act-a-national-survey-of-treatment-providers-for-substance-use-disorders
#3
Lydia Aletraris, Mary Bond Edmond, Paul M Roman
This study measures the readiness of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to use opportunities under the Affordable Care Act by examining Medicaid and private insurance acceptance between 2011 and 2013, as well as center characteristics associated with acceptance. Data for this study were from a random sample of SUD treatment centers in the United States. Interviews were conducted on site and face to face, with administrative and clinical directors. We employed logistic regression analyses to examine Medicaid acceptance and private insurance acceptance...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404601/federal-funding-insulated-state-budgets-from-increased-spending-related-to-medicaid-expansion
#4
Benjamin D Sommers, Jonathan Gruber
As states weigh whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid reform remains a priority for some federal lawmakers, fiscal considerations loom large. As part of the ACA's expansion of eligibility for Medicaid, the federal government paid for 100 percent of the costs for newly eligible Medicaid enrollees for the period 2014-16. In 2017 states will pay some of the costs for new enrollees, with each participating state's share rising to 10 percent by 2020. States continue to pay their traditional Medicaid share (roughly 25-50 percent, depending on the state) for previously eligible enrollees...
April 12, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398778/sustained-reduction-in-hiv-diagnoses-in-massachusetts-2000-2014
#5
Kevin Cranston, Betsey John, H Dawn Fukuda, Liisa M Randall, Jonathan Mermin, Kenneth H Mayer, Alfred DeMaria
OBJECTIVES: To describe secular trends in reported HIV diagnoses in Massachusetts concurrent with treatment access expansion. METHODS: We characterized cases of HIV infection reported to the Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program between 2000 and 2014 by sex, age, race/ethnicity, and exposure mode. We used Poisson regression to test the statistical significance of trends in diagnoses. RESULTS: Between 2000 and 2014, annual new HIV infections diagnosed in Massachusetts decreased by 47% (P < ...
May 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378961/primary-care-appointment-availability-and-the-aca-insurance-expansions
#6
Molly Candon, Daniel Polsky, Brendan Saloner, Douglas Wissoker, Katherine Hempstead, Genevieve M Kenney, Karin Rhodes
In the current debate in Congress over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the issue of provider access is a major concern. Fortunately, our 10-state audit study published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that primary care appointment availability for new patients with Medicaid increased 5.4 percentage points between 2012 and 2016 and remained stable for patients with private coverage. Over the same period, both Medicaid patients and the privately insured experienced a one-day increase in median wait times. Higher appointment availability for Medicaid patients is a surprising result given the increase in demand for care from millions of new Medicaid enrollees...
March 2017: LDI Issue Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378959/the-impact-of-health-insurance-on-preventive-care-and-health-behaviors-evidence-from-the-first-two-years-of-the-aca-medicaid-expansions
#7
Kosali Simon, Aparna Soni, John Cawley
The U.S. population receives suboptimal levels of preventive care and has a high prevalence of risky health behaviors. One goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to increase preventive care and improve health behaviors by expanding access to health insurance. This paper estimates how the ACA-facilitated state-level expansions of Medicaid in 2014 affected these outcomes. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and a difference-in-differences model that compares states that did and did not expand Medicaid, we examine the impact of the expansions on preventive care (e...
2017: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374214/medicaid-s-impact-on-chronic-disease-biomarkers-a-cohort-study-of-community-health-center-patients
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Brigit Hatch, Miguel Marino, Marie Killerby, Heather Angier, Megan Hoopes, Steffani R Bailey, John Heintzman, Jean P O'Malley, Jennifer E DeVoe
BACKGROUND: Understanding the impact of health insurance is critical, particularly in the era of Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion. The electronic health record (EHR) provides new opportunities to quantify health outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To assess changes in biomarkers of chronic disease among community health center (CHC) patients who gained Medicaid coverage with the Oregon Medicaid expansion (2008-2011). DESIGN: Prospective cohort. Patients were followed for 24 months, and rate of mean biomarker change was calculated...
April 3, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368137/preventing-unemployment-and-disability-benefit-receipt-among-people-with-mental-illness-evidence-review-and-policy-significance
#9
Bonnie O'Day, Rebecca Kleinman, Benjamin Fischer, Eric Morris, Crystal Blyler
OBJECTIVE: We identify effective services to assist 3 groups of people with mental illnesses become or remain employed and prevent dependence on disability cash benefits: (a) individuals, including youth, who are experiencing an initial episode of psychosis; (b) employed individuals at risk of losing jobs due to mental illness; and (c) individuals who are or may become long-term clients of mental health services and are likely to apply for disability benefits. METHOD: We searched for articles published between 1992 and 2015 using key word terminology related to employment support services and each subgroup, and prioritized articles by study design...
April 3, 2017: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351118/how-will-repealing-the-aca-affect-medicaid-impact-on-health-care-coverage-delivery-and-payment
#10
Sara Rosenbaum, Sara Rothenberg, Sara Schmucker, Rachel Gunsalus, J. Zoë Beckerman
ISSUE: The Affordable Care Act enhanced Medicaid's role as a health care purchaser by expanding eligibility and broadening the range of tools and strategies available to states. All states have embraced delivery and payment reform as basic elements of their programs. GOAL: To examine the effects of reducing the size and scope of Medicaid under legislation to repeal the ACA. FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: Were the ACA's Medicaid expansion to be eliminated and were federal Medicaid funding to experience major reductions through block grants or per capita caps, the effects on system transformation would be significant...
March 2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342190/expanded-medicaid-dental-coverage-under-the-affordable-care-act-an-analysis-of-minnesota-emergency-department-visits
#11
Nadia Laniado, Victor M Badner, Ellen Johnson Silver
OBJECTIVES: Hospital emergency departments (EDs) function as the safety net for patients with non-traumatic dental conditions (NTDCs). With the implementation of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) many adults became eligible for dental benefits. We examined the impact of "early" Medicaid expansion in Minnesota on ED visits for NTDCs from 2008 (prereform) to 2014 (postreform). METHODS: Data from the State Emergency Department Databases for Minnesota were analyzed for 2 years: 2008 and 2014...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339427/a-critical-analysis-of-obamacare-affordable-care-or-insurance-for-many-and-coverage-for-few
#12
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), of 2010, or Obamacare, was the most monumental change in US health care policy since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. Since its enactment, numerous claims have been made on both sides of the aisle regarding the ACA's success or failure; these views often colored by political persuasion. The ACA had 3 primary goals: increasing the number of the insured, improving the quality of care, and reducing the costs of health care. One point often lost in the discussion is the distinction between affordability and access...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323472/the-affordable-care-act-insurance-coverage-and-health-care-utilization-of-previously-incarcerated-young-men-2008-2015
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Tyler N A Winkelman, HwaJung Choi, Matthew M Davis
OBJECTIVES: To estimate health insurance and health care utilization patterns among previously incarcerated men following implementation of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) Medicaid expansion and Marketplace plans in 2014. METHODS: We performed serial cross-sectional analyses using data from the National Survey of Family Growth between 2008 and 2015. Our sample included men aged 18 to 44 years with (n = 3476) and without (n = 8702) a history of incarceration...
May 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319791/premium-subsidies-the-mandate-and-medicaid-expansion-coverage-effects-of-the-affordable-care-act
#14
Molly Frean, Jonathan Gruber, Benjamin D Sommers
Using premium subsidies for private coverage, an individual mandate, and Medicaid expansion, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased insurance coverage. We provide the first comprehensive assessment of these provisions' effects, using the 2012-2015 American Community Survey and a triple-difference estimation strategy that exploits variation by income, geography, and time. Overall, our model explains 60% of the coverage gains in 2014-2015. We find that coverage was moderately responsive to price subsidies, with larger gains in state-based insurance exchanges than the federal exchange...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296674/impact-of-medicaid-expansion-on-medicaid-covered-utilization-of-buprenorphine-for-opioid-use-disorder-treatment
#15
Hefei Wen, Jason M Hockenberry, Tyrone F Borders, Benjamin G Druss
BACKGROUND: Buprenorphine has been proven effective in treating opioid use disorder. However, the high cost of buprenorphine and the limited prescribing capacity may restrict access to this effective medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether Medicaid expansion and physician prescribing capacity may have impacted buprenorphine utilization covered by Medicaid. RESEARCH DESIGN: We used a quasi experimental difference-in-differences design to compare the pre-post changes in Medicaid-covered buprenorphine prescriptions and buprenorphine spending between the 26 states that implemented Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 and those that did not...
April 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296579/perceived-impacts-of-the-affordable-care-act-perspectives-of-buprenorphine-prescribers
#16
Hannah K Knudsen, Jamie L Studts
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been heralded as a major policy change that is expected to transform the delivery of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Few studies have reported on the perceived impacts of ACA from the perspectives of SUD treatment providers, such as physicians who prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder. The present study describes buprenorphine prescribers' perceptions regarding impacts of the ACA on the delivery of buprenorphine and examines whether state-level approaches to implementing ACA are associated with its perceived impacts...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275997/caring-by-numbers-evaluation-of-inconsistencies-and-incompleteness-in-the-reporting-of-racial-and-ethnic-data
#17
Beth Marie Hartzler, Angela Snyder
Significant health disparities throughout the lifespan have long been evident within the American, non-White population. These differences include increased incidence of infant mortality, childhood hospitalization, diabetes, mental and behavioral health problems, cardiovascular disease, and late-stage cancer diagnoses. These types of disparities could be addressed by identifying those individuals at greatest risk for chronic disease or higher mortality rates and improving their health literacy and access to care...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274601/producing-a-worthy-illness-personal-crowdfunding-amidst-financial-crisis
#18
Lauren S Berliner, Nora J Kenworthy
For Americans experiencing illnesses and disabilities, crowdfunding has become a popular strategy for addressing the extraordinary costs of health care. The political, social, and health consequences of austerity--along with fallout from the 2008 financial collapse and the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)--are made evident in websites like GoFundMe. Here, patients and caregivers create campaigns to solicit donations for medical care, hoping that they will spread widely through social networks. As competition increases among campaigns, patients and their loved ones are obliged to produce compelling and sophisticated appeals...
February 8, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273021/health-and-access-to-care-during-the-first-2-years-of-the-aca-medicaid-expansions
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Sarah Miller, Laura R Wherry
Background By September 2015, a total of 29 states and Washington, D.C., were participating in Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act. We examined whether Medicaid expansions were associated with changes in insurance coverage, health care use, and health among low-income adults. Methods We compared changes in outcomes during the 2 years after implementation of the Medicaid expansion (2014 and 2015) relative to the 4 years before expansion (2010 through 2013) in states with and without expansions, using data from the National Health Interview Survey...
March 9, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272310/the-cost-of-cost-sharing-the-impact-of-medicaid-benefit-design-on-influenza-vaccination-uptake
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Charles Stoecker, Alexandra M Stewart, Megan C Lindley
Prior research indicates that cost-sharing and lack of insurance coverage reduce preventive services use among low-income persons. State Medicaid policy may affect the uptake of recommended adult vaccinations. We examined the impact of three aspects of Medicaid benefit design (coverage for vaccines, prohibiting cost-sharing, and copayment amounts) on vaccine uptake in the fee-for-service Medicaid population 19-64 years old. We combined previously published reports to obtain state Medicaid policy information from 2003 and 2012...
March 6, 2017: Vaccines
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