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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

Report – The Global Refugee Crisis: A Conspiracy of Neglect

“Worst refugee crisis since World War II. One million refugees desperately in need of resettlement. Four million Syrian refugees struggling to survive in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. More than 3 million refugees in sub-Saharan Africa, and only a small fraction offered resettlement since 2013. 3,500 people drowned while trying to cross the MediterraneanContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Army Combat Vehicles, Aviation Security, Defense Civilian Compensation, Disability Insurance, Federal Real Property, Prepositioned Stocks

Army Combat Vehicles: Industrial Base Study’s Approach Met Research Standards, GAO-15-548: Published: Jun 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2015. Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve Vetting of Airport Workers, GAO-15-704T: Published: Jun 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2015. Defense Civilian Compensation: DOD and OPM Could Improve the Consistency of DOD’s EligibilityContinue Reading

FDA announces ban on trans fats

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2013-N-1317] Final Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice; declaratory order. “Based on the available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) has made a finalContinue Reading

Patients – price of prescription drugs too high

“Given recent news about some high-cost prescription drugs and the debate about who should pay for them, this month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has a special focus on the issue. Nearly three-quarters of the public think that the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable. Americans place much of the blame with the drug companies sayingContinue Reading

Association Between Connecticut’s Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Law and Homicides

Kara E. Rudolph, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Jon S. Vernick, and Daniel W. Webster.  (2015).  Association Between Connecticut’s Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Law and Homicides. American Journal of Public Health. e-View Ahead of Print. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302703 “Objectives. We sought to estimate the effect of Connecticut’s implementation of a handgun permit-to-purchase law in October 1995 on subsequent homicides. Methods.Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Acquisition Process, Federal Home Loan Banks, Mental Health

Defense Acquisition Process: Military Service Chiefs’ Concerns Reflect Need to Better Define Requirements before Programs Start, GAO-15-469: Published: Jun 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2015: “Most current and former military service chiefs and vice chiefs GAO interviewed from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps collectively expressed dissatisfaction with acquisition program outcomes andContinue Reading

NIH approves strategic vision to transform National Library of Medicine

New release via Ben Amata:  “National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the DirectorContinue Reading

Study – Poverty Among Seniors

Kaiser Foundation – Poverty Among Seniors: An Updated Analysis of National and State Level Poverty Rates Under the Official and Supplemental Poverty Measures. June 2015. “Payments from Social Security and Supplemental Security Income have played a critical role in enhancing economic security and reducing poverty rates among people ages 65 and older. Yet many olderContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – DOD, InfoTech Acquisitions, National Nuclear Security, TSA Performance, VA Health Care

Civil Support: DOD Is Taking Action to Strengthen Support of Civil Authorities, GAO-15-686T: Published: Jun 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2015. Information Technology: Additional Actions and Oversight Urgently Needed to Reduce Waste and Improve Performance in Acquisitions and Operations, GAO-15-675T: Published: Jun 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2015. National Nuclear Security Administration: ActionsContinue Reading