Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

State Solutions Can Improve Medicaid

While many states have opted not to expand Medicaid, states also have the choice of implementing innovative, market-driven solutions to improving Medicaid...

Texas Vet Loses License over Internet Consultations

The Texas veterinary board suspended a retired veterinarian's license after discovering that his practice was strictly Internet-based...

Affordable Care Act's Medical Device Tax Is Counterproductive

The medical device tax increases the per-unit price of a good by 2.3 percent at the point of the manufacturer and before the medical device reaches the wholesaler or hospital...

Young Adults on Parents' Health Plans Cost More

Young adults newly enrolled in their parents' health insurance incurred $2,866 in health costs on average; young adults with their own coverage averaged $2,472 for health services...

Return Emergency Room Visits after Discharge Not Counted in Readmission Rates

Twenty-one percent of discharged patients returned at least once to the emergency department within a month after leaving the hospital...

Cost of Health Insurance Exchanges Shoots Up

The new White House budget expects that from January 1, 2014, when the insurance exchanges officially open, to 2021, the administration will spent about $606 billion subsidizing insurance on the exchanges...

Health Care Costs: A State-by-State Comparison

Health care spending in the United States averaged $6,815 per person in 2009, but that figure varies significantly across the country...

Telemedicine Advances All the Way to Antarctica

New videoconferencing technologies and special medical instruments are expanding access to medical care as far away as Antarctica...

Dementia Tops Cancer, Heart Disease in Cost

Dementia's direct costs, from medicines to nursing homes, are $109 billion a year in 2010 dollars...

Uninsured Reluctant to Enroll in Coverage

Persuading many of the uninsured to purchase insurance will be a tough sell, a fact that veterans in previous efforts have already found out...


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