When states reduce barriers for low-income children to get coverage, their mothers are more likely to be married and less likely to smoke.
Social scientists determined that body mass index growth declined for children of low-income parents in states that had expanded their Medicaid programs.
Most states have taken advantage of the opportunity to expand access to Medicaid since 2014 through the Affordable Care Act. That’s helping reduce the number of uninsured people.
Public investments in benefit programs could save tens of thousands of children from being victims of child abuse and have important later-life effects on child welfare and overall health.
The Affordable Care Act has allowed many preventive health services, including cancer screenings and vaccines, to be free of charge. But legal challenges may lead to costly repercussions for patients.
The federal government sent a lot of money to states to help with an anticipated COVID-related economic downturn. Turns out, states did not need that much money – but they may spend it anyway.
States led by Republican governors generally had higher COVID-19 case and death rates in 2020.
States claim the stimulus law assaults state sovereignty by barring local governments from using aid money to cut taxes. But the Supreme Court has consistently approved conditions on federal spending.
The headlines were inescapable: States faced a financial disaster of epic proportions because of COVID-19. The predictions were wrong.
Nursing homes have struggled through COVID-19 deaths and lockdowns. Giving nurses more quality time with patients can help them win back trust.
A neuropsychologist who works in these skilled care facilities describes the changing populations. With COVID-19, many nursing homes are now struggling to stay in business.
The president is calling for sweeping changes in health care policy. Tens of millions of Americans could be affected.
Rural health care will have to transform to survive.
From expanding children’s coverage to reducing surprise bills, Biden and lawmakers may be able to broaden health care access.
Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.
The US has a long history of forced sterilization campaigns that were driven by the bogus ‘science’ of eugenics, racism and sexism.
Home health care is a much trickier question after COVID-19, and that becomes an issue for millions of older people who rely on home health care, as well as the workers who care for them.
Help is out there for those many who have lost health insurance because of the pandemic. You can thank Obamacare.
As Congress considers further financial help for victims of the coronavirus pandemic, the magnitude of the fiscal crisis that governors and their states will have to face is just starting to emerge.
A scholar of the American safety net explains how, through her own brother, she’s getting a personal window into what it means to face COVID-19 as a worker in the gig economy.