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GAO Reports – Electricity, Federal Transit Benefit Program, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

  • Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in Consumption Has Slowed, Affecting System Operations and Prices, GAO-15-524: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
  • Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT’s Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards, GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
  • Medicaid: Service Utilization Patterns for Beneficiaries in Managed Care, GAO-15-481: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
  • Youth Athletes: Sports Programs’ Guidance, Practices, and Policies to Help Prevent and Respond to Sexual Abuse, GAO-15-418: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.

Take the Test: Protect Yourself and Others

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and nearly 1 in 8 doesn’t know it.  It is important to get tested and know if you are in this group, only then can you take the next steps to protect your health and others. Find a freeContinue Reading

HHS OIG Reports Fraud Abuse in Cost of Drugs Under Medicare

HHS OIG Data Brief • June 2015 • OEI-02-15-00190. Questionable Billing and Geographic Hotspots Point to Potential Fraud and Abuse in Medicare Part D: “More than 1,400 pharmacies had questionable billing for Part D drugs in 2014 A total of 1,432 retail pharmacies billed extremely high amounts for at least one of the five measuresContinue Reading

Supreme Court rejects latest challenge to Affordable Health Care Act

United States Supreme Court – KING ET AL. v. BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL., (2015) No. 14-114. Argued: March 4, 2015  Decided: June 25, 201 “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act grew out of a long history of failed health insurance reform. In the 1990s, several States sought to expandContinue Reading

Drexel Law Librarian John Cannan Cited by U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell

Via Peter J. Egler Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Thomas R. Kline School of Law Drexel University: “I am proud to report that our colleague John Cannan has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its decision in King v. Burwell, issued today. The court cites John’s article from the Law Library Journal: “AContinue Reading

Health Care Coverage and Access for Men, 2013-2015

Kaiser Foundation: “This Visualizing Health Policy infographic provides a snapshot of men’s health care and insurance coverage issues, including health status, access to care and use of services. It compares the uninsured rates of men and women, their cost barriers to care, their connection to clinicians, and their use of prescription drugs, screening, and counseling services. FewerContinue Reading

CDC – Preventing Melanoma

June 2015 Vital Signs: “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. In 2011, there were more than 65,000 cases of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Melanoma can spread to other parts of the body and causes over 9,000 deaths every year. People who die of melanoma loseContinue Reading

Government Report – Most Americans Are Obese

LA Times: “Americans have reached a weighty milestone: Adults who are obese now outnumber those who are merely overweight, according to a new report in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. A tally by researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis estimated that 67.6 million Americans over the age of 25 were obese as of 2012,Continue Reading

Report – 400 million do not have access to essential health services

“A WHO and World Bank Group report launched today shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending. “This report is a wakeup call: It shows that we’re a longContinue Reading

Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing Affordable Care Act

“CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimate that, over the next decade, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would probably increase budget deficits with or without considering the effects of macroeconomic feedback.”

How Does Gaining Health Coverage Affect People’s Lives?

Kaiser – “In 2014, millions of people gained health insurance as the major coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were implemented. While much attention has been paid to enrollment in new coverage options and changes in the number of uninsured over the past year, less is known about how this coverage has affectedContinue Reading

State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk of Smoking

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHS) report by  Rachel N. Lipari, Ph.D., and Arthur Hughes, M.S., May 18, 2015: “Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke causes more than 443,000 deaths every year, and another 8.6 million people suffer from a serious illness related to smoking. According to the Surgeon General, if currentContinue Reading