New Study in Women’s Health Issues Quantifies the ACA Medicaid Expansion’s Effects on Insurance for Low-income Women of Reproductive Age

Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many low-income women could only receive Medicaid coverage if they were pregnant or parenting young children. The ACA’s Medicaid expansion has reduced uninsurance for low-income women of childbearing age by 13 percentage points, with a drop of 27 percentage points for those without dependent children.

To Counter Pain and Opioid Use in Women, Commentary Recommends a Physical Activity Research Agenda

In a new commentary in the journal Women’s Health Issues, a group of researchers notes that as many as one-third of U.S. and Canadian women suffer from chronic pain, and commonly prescribed opioid treatments come with substantial risks. National health agencies recommend physical activity as a nonpharmacologic pain management strategy, but health professionals don’t yet have enough information about the type and intensity of exercise to recommend for specific groups of patients, or how best to make physical activity accessible to those who could use it to manage chronic pain.

Blog: Terminating the DACA Program Would Harm Health and the States

Stymied by years of Congressional gridlock concerning immigration reform, in 2014 President Obama used executive action to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to provide temporary legal status to children and young adults who came to the U.S.

Support for Community Health Center Funding

The U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act early last Friday morning to extend funding for community health centers for two more years, ending months of uncertainty for the nation’s nearly 10,000 clinic sites, which served 26 million people in 2016.  The bill also provides funding for the National Health Service Corps and for Teaching Health Centers and extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next decade.

A Case for Continuing to Fund Title X

“Title X family planning clinics play a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and preventive health services,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services website.  HHS administers the program, which was created in the 1970s with bi-partisan supported and signed into law by President Richard Nixon.