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Interactive Map Shows Recent Evolution of State Policies Shaping Access to Abortion Coverage in Medicaid and Private Insuranc

“A new interactive map from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides a broad look at states’ laws shaping access to coverage for abortion in Medicaid and private insurance. The map includes the ability to view snapshots showing the extent of such limitations in states across the nation for the years 2000, 2010 and 2014. Taken together, the maps chart the increase in such limitations over that time period.  State and federal attempts to limit private insurance and Medicaid coverage of abortion services began soon after the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. However, the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 fueled a new round of legislative efforts to curb insurance coverage of abortion, this time focusing on private plans in the new ACA insurance marketplace. While a handful of states restricted abortion coverage in private insurance prior to the ACA, many more enacted private plan limits and banned abortion coverage from Marketplace plans in the wake of the law’s enactment. In addition to the new interactive map, a related resource, Coverage for Abortion Services and the ACA, provides a more detailed look at current federal and state policies on Medicaid and insurance coverage of abortion services.  For information about state policies impacting abortion, see the State Health Facts section of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website.”

2014 Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey – EBRI

“Asked to rate the U.S. health care system, many workers describe it as poor (29 percent) or fair (32 percent). One-quarter consider it good, while only a small minority rate it as very good (10 percent) or excellent (1 per-cent). Dissatisfaction with the health care system appears to be focused primarily on cost. The 2013–2014Continue Reading

CDC data show declines in 5 major diabetes-related complications among U.S. adults

“A new CDC study shows that rates of five major diabetes-related complications have declined substantially in the last 20 years among U.S. adults with diabetes. The study, Changes in Diabetes Related Complications in the United States, 1990 -2010, published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, used data from the National Health Interview Survey, National HospitalContinue Reading

Legislative Actions to Repeal, Defund, or Delay the Affordable Care Act

CRS – Legislative Actions to Repeal, Defund, or Delay the Affordable Care Act, C. Stephen Redhead, Specialist in Health Policy; Janet Kinzer, Information Research Specialist. September 12, 2014. “Congress is deeply divided over implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health reform law enacted in March 2010. Since the ACA’s enactment, lawmakers opposed to specific provisionsContinue Reading

New Report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance

White House: “Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to the President, Combating Antibiotic Resistance. The report was released simultaneously with a National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria as well as with a Presidential Executive Order, emphasizing to the Nation the importance of addressing this growing challenge. The evolution of antibiotic resistanceContinue Reading

New GAO Reports: Depot Maintenance, Healthcare.gov, IGs, Large Partnerships, Secure Flight, VA Health Care

DEPOT MAINTENANCE: Accurate and Complete Data Needed to Meet DOD’s Core Capability Reporting Requirements, GAO-14-777: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014. HEALTHCARE.GOV: Information Security and Privacy Controls Should Be Enhanced to Address Weaknesses, GAO-14-871T: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014. INSPECTORS GENERAL: Improvements Needed in the Office of Inspector General’s Oversight of the Denali Commission, GAO-14-320: Published: SepContinue Reading

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S.: 2013

“The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2013, the poverty rate declined from the previous year for the first time since 2006, while there was no statistically significant change in either the number of people living in poverty or real median household income. In addition, the poverty rate for children under 18 declined fromContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – 8(a) subcontracting, Healthcare.gov, Health Insurance Exchanges, IRAs

8(A) SUBCONTRACTING LIMITATIONS: Continued Noncompliance with Monitoring Requirements Signals Need for Regulatory Change, GAO-14-706: Published: Sep 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2014. HEALTHCARE.GOV: Actions Needed to Address Weaknesses in Information Security and Privacy Controls, GAO-14-730: Published: Sep 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2014. HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES: Coverage of Non-excepted Abortion Services by Qualified Health Plans, GAO-14-742R: Published: Sep 15, 2014. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

The Impact of Time at Work and Time off from Work on Rule Compliance

Dai, Hengchen and Milkman, Katherine L. and Hofmann, David A. and Staats, Bradley R., The Impact of Time at Work and Time off from Work on Rule Compliance: The Case of Hand Hygiene in Healthcare (September 3, 2013). The Wharton School Research Paper No. 56; UNC Kenan-Flagler Research Paper No. 2320114. Available for download atContinue Reading

Presentations about the Budget Outlook – CBO

Doug Elmendorf, CBO Director, at the Macroeconomic Advisers’ 24th Annual Washington Policy Seminar: “I was very pleased to speak last week at Macroeconomic Advisers’ Washington Policy Seminar and at Cornell University. (See my slides for the first talk and my slides for the second talk.) In both presentations I described CBO’s updated outlook for the federal budget under current lawContinue Reading

Federal Open Payments Database Tracking Pharma Arriving September 30

KFF – Shefali Luthra: “Despite technical glitches, the federal “Open Payments” database – which tracks pharmaceutical company contributions to doctors and teaching hospitals – remains on track for its scheduled Sept. 30 launch, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed. It was mandated by a sunshine act included in the federal health law seeking to ease concerns that pharmaceuticalContinue Reading

The U.S. Global Health Budget Tracker

“The Kaiser Family Foundation has launched a new, interactive, online tool designed to provide the latest data on the U.S. government’s global health budget in an easy-to-access form. The U.S. Global Health Budget Tracker lets users follow the budget from the President’s budget request through the appropriations process in Congress, as well as see trends over time. DataContinue Reading