Between 2010 and 2016, the number of U.S. women without health insurance dropped nearly in half from 19 million to 11 million—or 20% to 11% of the population—according to a recent analysis of Commonwealth Fund’s Biennial Health Insurance Surveys. The surveys also show that women ages 19 to 64 who shopped for new coverage on their own found it significantly easier to find affordable plans in 2016 compared to 2010.
Zika Threat Spurs Southern States to Address Family Planning
Before the first locally transmitted case of Zika was reported in the continental United States last summer, stakeholders from several Southern states were already working to strengthen family planning care to address this threat. The Editor’s Choice study in the latest issue of the journal Women’s Health Issues, “Facilitating State-Wide Collaboration around Family Planning Care in the Context of Zika,” describes the process by which the U.S.
HPM Presentations at AcademyHealth Conference
Ten GW Health Policy and Management students, staff, faculty and affiliates gave presentations or posters at the AcademyHealth annual research meeting for health services and health policy held in New Orleans on June 25-27. The conference helped showcase the vibrant and diverse research being done in the department.
Those making presentations and giving posters included:
Assistant Professor Wayne Psek
Susan Wood and Ruth Lopert Participate in PharmedOut Conference
Wood participated in “Pharma Funded Patient Advocacy Groups: Panel Discussion” and Lopert presented on “How Industry Influences Trade Discourse and Why It Matters”.
CRS Report on the ACA Prevention and Public Health Fund
This report released today by the Congressional Research Service provides background on the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which is intended to support an “expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health programs.” Established by Section 4002 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148, as amended), the PPHF is funded with a permanent annual appropriation to be administered by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).