Affordable Care Act

U.S. Health Care System Ranks Among Least Efficient Worldwide

U.S. Health Care System Ranks Among Least Efficient Worldwide

The United States has remained near the bottom of the Bloomberg Health-Care Efficiency Index since its creation in 2012.

Health Insurance Expansion Linked to Improved CRC Resection Rates

Health Insurance Expansion Linked to Improved CRC Resection Rates

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The model for the Affordable Care Act, the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform, was associated with increased resection rates and a reduced risk for emergency resection in patients with colorectal cancer.

Affordable Care Act Tied to Increased Breast Cancer Care Access for Hispanics

Affordable Care Act Tied to Increased Breast Cancer Care Access for Hispanics

Following the release of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) an increase in Hispanic women receiving breast cancer treatment and their related participation in clinical trials was observed.

Affordable Care Act: Comprehensive Overview Reveals Its Hits and Misses

Affordable Care Act: Comprehensive Overview Reveals Its Hits and Misses

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Researchers from the University of Miami School of Business Administration and the Florida Atlantic University College of Business present an overview of the impact of the ACA on US health care in its first 5 years.

ACA Is Helping Americans Afford Prescriptions

ACA Is Helping Americans Afford Prescriptions

Improvement seen in all age levels, but millions still struggle with the cost of prescription drugs

Health Care Reform Has No Impact on Role of Safety-Net Hospitals in Providing Care to Minority Patient Populations

Health Care Reform Has No Impact on Role of Safety-Net Hospitals in Providing Care to Minority Patient Populations

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After implementation of health insurance reforms in Massachusetts that also expanded access to care to non-safety-net hospitals, researchers found that minority-serving hospitals are vital to providing care for these patient populations.

CDC Report: Fewer Americans Hampered by Medical Bills

CDC Report: Fewer Americans Hampered by Medical Bills

U.S. report shows sharp decrease in families having trouble paying for health care.

RSNA: Breast Cancer Screening Among Poor Increased Post ACA

RSNA: Breast Cancer Screening Among Poor Increased Post ACA

Researchers report that expansion of Medicaid coverage is improving access to mammograms in the United States.

Prescription Coverage Impacts Treatment Adherence in Breast Cancer, Even for Low-cost Drugs

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Patients with breast cancer whose health insurance plans included prescription drug benefits were 10% more likely to start important hormonal therapy than patients who did not have prescription drug coverage.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impacts Stage at Diagnosis and Fertility-Sparing Treatment in Young Women With Cervical Cancer

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impacts Stage at Diagnosis and Fertility-Sparing Treatment in Young Women With Cervical Cancer

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Both the stage of cervical cancer at diagnosis and the receipt of fertility-sparing treatment among young women age 21 to 25 years, but not among women age 26 to 34 years, is associated with the Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Expansion provision.

Medical Schools Teaching About Costs of Care

Medical Schools Teaching About Costs of Care

Importance of understanding costs due to Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the prevalence of high-deductible plans has been incorporated into curricula.

Increasing number of clinicians report dissatisfaction with EHR systems

Increasing number of clinicians report dissatisfaction with EHR systems

Compared with survey five years earlier, fewer physicians report being satisfied or very satisfied with the use of their electronic health record (EHR) system.

Patients report improved care access and health after ACA implementation

Patients report improved care access and health after ACA implementation

Gains seen in how many adults have insurance and a doctor, and say they are in better health the the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

CDC: Affordable Care Act may have increased uptake for preventive care

CDC: Affordable Care Act may have increased uptake for preventive care

Insurance is a major factor in determining receipt of preventive services.

Subsidies for Affordable Care Act upheld by SCOTUS

Subsidies for Affordable Care Act upheld by SCOTUS

U.S. Supreme Court ruling preserves tax credits for 6.4 million people in 34 states.

Cancer screening increase may reflect Affordable Care Act provision

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After 2008 a rise was seen in screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) for lower socioeconomic status persons, possibly reflecting the Affordable Care Act's removal of financial barriers to screening.

Inconsistent Medicaid expansion would widen disparities in screenings for women's cancers

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Low-income and women without insurance in states that are not expanding their Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid coverage are less likely to receive breast and cervical cancer screenings.

Health insurance coverage among cancer patients varies greatly by demographics and cancer type

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Rates of health insurance coverage vary depending on patient demographics, such as race and marital status, as well as cancer type.

Nearly 17 million gain health coverage via ACA

Nearly 17 million gain health coverage via ACA

Most Americans under age 65 experienced no change in their insurance provider, according to a research report by the Rand Corporation.

Medical debt burden higher in Texas and Florida

Medical debt burden higher in Texas and Florida

California and New York fully expanded Medicaid coverage under ACA, but Texas and Florida did not.

Over 16 million Americans have gained coverage under ACA

Over 16 million Americans have gained coverage under ACA

White House announces largest drop in number of uninsured Americans in 50 years.

Physicians feeling more positive about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Physicians feeling more positive about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

There has been an increase in physicians grading health care reform as "A" and a decrease in those grading it as a failure, according to recent survey data.

Views on Affordable Care Act split by political affiliation

Views on Affordable Care Act split by political affiliation

Health care is third most important issue to Americans in fall elections, according to polls

Providers received billions from drug and device companies

Providers received billions from drug and device companies

Doctors, hospitals received billions of dollars from drug and device makers in second half of 2013, according to the new Open Payments program (created under the Affordable Care Act).

Health care spending rise expected over next decade

Health care spending rise expected over next decade

Insurance coverage under ACA, population aging, and economic growth will likely drive future spending increases.

ACA offers opportunities to improve quality of care

ACA offers opportunities to improve quality of care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fostering collaboration between the public health and health care systems and can potentially improve quality of care and advance population health.

U.S. health care system ranks last among rich nations

U.S. health care system ranks last among rich nations

Countries with nationalized health systems outperform the United States in all measures, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the issue.

Affordable Care Act may mean healthier young adults

Affordable Care Act may mean healthier young adults

A popular provision of the ACA that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a new study suggests.

Insurers: Sizeable majority paid ACA premiums

Insurers: Sizeable majority paid ACA premiums

Companies report health-plan payment rates ranging from 70 to 90 percent.

Massachusetts health care reform decreased mortality

Massachusetts health care reform decreased mortality

Health care reform in Massachusetts led to significant decreases in all-cause mortality, with the biggest changes seen in counties with lower incomes.

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