Low Income Workers Spend a Higher % of Income on Insurance for Less Coverage than Middle and High Income Workers

Low Income Workers Spend a Higher % of Income on Insurance for Less Coverage than Middle and High Income Workers “..But compared to middle and upper-income employees, low-income workers are often offered less robust coverage, get less employer help with their premiums, and must pay a greater share of their income toward health care costs. […]

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Health Insurance Reduces Mid-life Mortality

Health Insurance Reduces Mid-life Mortality “…We evaluate a randomized pilot study in which the IRS sent informational letters to 3.9 million taxpayers who paid a tax penalty for lacking health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Drawing on administrative data, we study the effect of the intervention on taxpayers’ subsequent health insurance enrollment and […]

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Life Expectancy Decreasing in US while Increasing in Other Wealthy Nations

Life Expectancy Decreasing in US while Increasing in Other Wealthy Nations “Potential ExplanationsThe increase in midlife mortality after 1999 was greatly influenced by the increase in fatal drug overdoses. Heroin use increased substantially in the 1960s and 1970s, as did crack cocaine abuse in the 1980s, disproportionately affecting (and criminalizing) the black population.74,75 Mortality from drug […]

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Treatment Adherence Improves when Prescription Medications are Free

Treatment Adherence Improves when Prescription Medications are Free Importance Nonadherence to treatment with medicines is common globally, even for life-saving treatments. Cost is one important barrier to access, and only some jurisdictions provide medicines at no charge to patients. Objective To determine whether providing essential medicines at no charge to outpatients who reported not being […]

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Health Insurance Reduces All-Cause Mortality Rates

Health Insurance Reduces All-Cause Mortality Rates “At present, about 28 million Americans are uninsured. Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) would probably increase this number, whereas enactment of proposed single-payer legislation (1) would reduce it. The public spotlight on how policy changes affect the number of uninsured reflects a widespread assumption […]

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25% of Healthcare Spending is Wasteful– $760-$935 Billion Annually

25% of Healthcare Spending is Wasteful– $760-$935 Billion Annually “Findings  The review yielded 71 estimates from 54 unique peer-reviewed publications, government-based reports, and reports from the gray literature. Computations yielded the following estimated ranges of total annual cost of waste: failure of care delivery, $102.4 billion to $165.7 billion; failure of care coordination, $27.2 billion to […]

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