Event: The Future of EU and US Health Care Systems

The health care systems of developed economies are facing similar pressures from the combined impact of technology, demographic change and globalization.  An event at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) featured Xavier Prats Monné, the Director-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) at the European Commission, who gave a presentation and participated in a discussion on the future of the EU and US health care systems.

State Medicaid Programs’ Coverage for Long-Acting Reversible Contraception is Uneven, Study Finds

State Medicaid programs must cover family planning services, but wide variation in specific policies around payment and training means low-income women's access to some of the most effective methods of contraception can vary by state. Researchers who analyzed nine states' Medicaid policies around long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) found most did not explicitly cover all key elements of quality contraceptive care.

Providing Legal Services in Clinical Settings Can Help Promote Health Equity, According to New Research in Health Affairs

As health care organizations seek to address unmet social needs of their patients to improve health care quality, equity, and health outcomes, medical-legal partnership offers a practical intervention to address social and environmental circumstances of patients that have a remedy in civil law. More than 300 health care organizations nationwide have adopted medical-legal partnerships in a wide variety of settings, including general hospitals and health systems, children’s hospitals, health centers, veteran’s health clinics, tribal health organizations, and others.

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.