Category Archives: health policy

AHCA and the disenfranchised

The American Health Care Act would harm LGBT people, people living with HIV, and Black and Latino Americans, according to Fenway Institute analysis: The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief titled What the American Health Care Act … Continue reading

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Executive Orders and the Medical Community

It’s sad they even had to release a statement, but below is the full statement from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. February 2, 2017 Dear Members of the Graduate Medical Education Community, Since the Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation … Continue reading

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Health insurance rates by state

The uninsured rate in the US dropped to its lowest level ever last year – 9.1% to be exact.  But that drop in the uninsured rate hasn’t been equally felt across the country, and data recently released from the Census … Continue reading

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TripAdvisor – for your hospital?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been toying with the idea of providing a “star rating” for hospital quality for some time now.  Apparently, that time has come. The Obama administration recently stated that it will soon publish … Continue reading

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Know your status

An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, including 156,300 people who do not know they are infected. Each year, nearly 45,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, and 30% of new HIV infections are transmitted … Continue reading

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United Health bails out

A few weeks ago, UnitedHealth announced that it was dropping out of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges in at least 16 states.  The insurer sells individual ACA plans in 34 states, although it hasnt yet confirmed which state markets … Continue reading

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The cautionary tale of Flint

A few weeks ago, the New England Journal of Medicine published a piece by David Bellinger about the lead contamination of water in Flint.  Bellinger calls it a abject public health failure.  It’s a good article about the health problems … Continue reading

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