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Preliminary Data on Insurer Exits and Entrants in 2017 Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

Kaiser Family Foundation: “The following charts provide a preliminary picture of the potential effect insurer exits and entrants may have on competition and consumer choice in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. This analysis was done at the request of the Wall Street Journal. Our earlier analysis found that UnitedHealth’s absence from these markets would leave many parts of the country with fewer marketplace insurers, and that the number of counties with a single insurer would likely increase substantially if there were no new entrants. Similarly, our July analysis of insurer participation in 17 states with detailed, publicly available premium and participation data found that on average there would be fewer insurers participating in 2017 in these states than there had been in 2016 or 2015. Since the time of our earlier analyses, more details have emerged on the degree to which some insurance companies, most recently Aetna and Oscar, are planning to scale back or withdrawing their participation on the marketplaces. Meanwhile other insurers, including Cigna, have noted their intent to enter into new markets or expand their offerings in their 2017 rate filings to state regulators…”

GAO Report – Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B: Data on Coupon Discounts Needed to Evaluate Methodology for Setting Drug Payment Rates, GAO-16-643: Published: Jul 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2016: “In 2015, manufacturers of 29 of the 50 high-expenditure Medicare Part B drugs GAO analyzed offered coupon programs, which reduce the costs patients incur for specific drugs. Part B… Continue Reading

CRS – Reforming the U.S. Postal Service

Via FAS – Reforming the U.S. Postal Service: Background and Issues for Congress. Michelle D. Christensen, Coordinator, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Kathryn A. Francis, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Garrett Hatch, Specialist in American National Government. August 25, 2016. “This report provides background information on the responsibilities, financial challenges and workforce issues… Continue Reading

Report and Recommendations: Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation through Community Networks

CFPB – “Elder financial exploitation destroys the financial security of millions of older Americans annually. In response to this crisis, hundreds of communities across the United States have created collaborative networks to protect their older residents.  To increase our understanding of how elder financial protection networks can grow and endure, the CFPB conducted research nationwide.… Continue Reading

The Economist – Global Liveability Ranking 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit – “The latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking (reg. req’d) – which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide – show that although Melbourne has retained its crown as the world’s most liveable city, liveability has deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities (20 per… Continue Reading

The link between health spending and life expectancy: The US is an outlier

Via Our World in Data by Max Roser – “[This graph and much more can be found in the Our World In Data-entry on how healthcare is financed.] The graph shows the relationship between what a country spends on health per person and life expectancy in that country between 1970 and 2014 for a number… Continue Reading

Kaiser Foundation – Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers

“Disparities in health and health care in the United States have been a longstanding challenge resulting in some groups receiving less and lower quality health care than others and experiencing poorer health outcomes. This brief provides an introductory overview of health and health care disparities, including what disparities are and why they matter, the status… Continue Reading

The 2015-2016 Zika Outbreak

Kaiser Family Foundation: “This infographic offers key facts about the Zika virus, tracks the increasing number of countries reporting local transmission over the past year, and breaks down how key U.S. government agencies are responding to Zika.” Download PDF: The 2015-2016 Zika Outbreak (Updated August 11, 2016) Continue Reading

Paper – Adherence to a Mediterranean-Style Diet and Effects on Cognition in Adults

Adherence to a Mediterranean-Style Diet and Effects on Cognition in Adults: A Qualitative Evaluation and Systematic Review of Longitudinal and Prospective Trials. Roy J. Hardman, Greg Kennedy, Helen Macpherson, Andrew B. Scholey and Andrew Pipingas. Frontiers in Nutrition, vol. 3, page 22 -, 2016. DOI 10.3389/fnut.2016.00022. “The Mediterranean-style diet (MedDiet) involves substantial intake of fruits,… Continue Reading

Understanding Health Research – A tool for making sense of health studies

“Understanding Health Research is a tool designed to help people understand and review published health research to decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is. The tool guides users through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research, and helps users to understand what the answers to those questions… Continue Reading

Violent Death Rates: The US Compared with Other High-income OECD Countries, 2010

Via Fast co.exist: “You’re 25 Times More Likely To Be Shot To Death In America Than Any Other Developed Nation…In a study based on World Health Organisation (WHO) data from 2010, by Erin Grinshteyn and David Hemenway, researchers from the University of Nevada-Reno have detailed the absurd risks of guns in the U.S. The study… Continue Reading

Care Count School Laundry Program Exposes Link Between Clean Clothes and Attendance

Healthy meals every day, and clean clothes – yes nutrition and clean clothes impact school attendance. Every child in America deserves safe public schools, good food, and clean clothes (and great teachers, libraries and librarians, music and art classes…) When did we stop considering this to be a right, not a Privilege? Via Care Counts… Continue Reading