A new study finds that Medicaid patients who are smokers give better ratings to physicians and plans that offer more support and advice about cessation. The research suggests that both clinicians and Medicaid managed care plans can improve their efforts to motivate Medicaid patients to quit smoking.
Report Describes Threats to the Use of Science in Government Decisions Regarding Public Health
A new report from a wide-ranging group of organizations that promote science-based policy making describes threats to the use of science in government decisions regarding public health and recommends steps Congress can take in response.
Encouraging Signs about Small Employer and Worker Insurance Rates Under the ACA
Workers in jobs with historically low insurance rates have experienced an increase in insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a study recently published by the Urban Institute based on funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). A second study by the Commonwealth Fund shows that the small group health insurance market has remained stable under the ACA.
Data Raises Concerns About the Impact of Medicaid Work Requirements
A brief published by the Commonwealth Fund predicts the impact on adult Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky if work requirements go into effect. The authors estimate that as many as 118,000 adults enrolled in Medicaid would either become uninsured for an extended period of time or experience a gap in insurance over a two-year period.
Key Details About Framework for Assessing Accountable Communities for Health Published in Health Affairs
The Funders Forum on Accountable Health at George Washington University (GW) has spearheaded the process of developing a common framework for assessing accountable communities for health. Jeffrey Levi, the forum’s principal investigator, is the lead author of blog about the process published in Health Affairs.