An Urban Institute analysis shows that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having a positive effect on health insurance coverage. The ACA has meant that 9.4 million families are having an easier time paying for medical care, according to the Urban Institute.
The Supreme Court is due to rule in a few weeks on whether the federal government can only subsidize health care in states that set up their own exchanges. If it rules in favor of the plaintiffs, healthcare subsidies could be invalidated in the states that have not set up health care exchanges.
New York State added $1 billion to the Medicaid waiver program after many hospitals discovered that they’d be receiving far less than they originally anticipated.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed new disclosure rules that would require insurers who offer Medicaid and children’s health plans to “report what portion of the money they’re paid actually gets spent on health benefits”.
Moody’s reports that as the US population ages, Medicaid spending will be driven upward. Long term care costs will increase, posing a major challenge for many states.
Anxiety has overtaken depression as the most commonly diagnosed mental health issue for college students, according to the New York Times.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that “serious mental health problems” are more common for women in every age group than for men.
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