GAO Report: HHS Needs Better Information to Assess Impact of Federal Programs on the Physician Workforce

In 2015, the federal government spent $14.5 billion to fund graduate medical education training for physicians. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was responsible for 90 percent of this spending. A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends information that the agency can collect to aid in determining whether the programs are helping to ensure that enough doctors with specialties that people need will be in the places where our country needs them.

Health Centers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Face Serious Threats as the Next Hurricane Season Approaches

Six months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), the regions’ twenty-three community health centers continue to play a crucial role in responding to the catastrophe, providing direct care and essential community-based public health services.

Policies that Help Medicaid Beneficiaries to Quit Smoking

At a time when American adults living below the poverty line are over 50 percent more likely to smoke than other citizens, health care services provided through Medicaid may make a real difference.  A new paper by researchers from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) analyzed state Medicaid coverage policies to see which ones were most effective.

Title X and Barriers to Insurance Use for Confidential Family Planning Services

New study highlights how Title X’s important confidentiality protections impacts insurance use for family planning services despite growth of coverage through ACA.