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In States Not Expanding Medicaid, Poor Are at Risk for Higher Costs, Fewer Benefits

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Low-income adults who qualify for expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but live in states that have not increased eligibility for the program are at risk of paying higher out-of-pocket costs and receiving less comprehensive insurance coverage, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study. Read about it here.  

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How Congress And The VA Left Many Veterans Without A ‘Choice’

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NPR — together with member stations from across the country — has been reporting on troubles with the Veterans Choice program, a $10 billion plan created by Congress two years ago to squash long wait times veterans were encountering when going to see a doctor. But as we reported in March, this fix needs a fix. Read about it here.

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Changes in Consumer Cost-Sharing for Health Plans Sold in the ACA’s Insurance Marketplaces, 2015 to 2016

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This brief examines changes in consumer health plan cost-sharing—deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket limits—for coverage offered in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces between 2015 and 2016. Three of seven measures studied rose moderately in 2016, an increase attributable in part to a shift in the mix of plans offered in the marketplaces, from plans with higher actuarial value (platinum and …

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Science on Tap Lecture Series: How to Keep Hope and Good Health as Climate Change Worsens

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the doom and gloom of climate science. Projections for Oregon show increasing risk of drought, wildfires, heat waves, storms, and floods, and predictions for worldwide consequences are even more scary. These impacts threaten our health and the systems that support us…but maybe there is a silver lining in this dark cloud looming? Climate change …

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Good news for patients: Refunds for bad service and no surprise bills

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At Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System, patients can obtain refunds if they’re unhappy with their care, according to the Washington Post. That means if they’re upset about long wait times in the ER or they don’t cotton to a doctor’s bedside manner, Geisinger will offer money back, no questions asked, according to the WP. Read more about it here.

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