Two new studies challenge the assumption that simply building supermarkets in so-called ‘food deserts’ will yield nutritional and health benefits. These ‘deserts’ are geographic areas, usually urban and poor, that lack full-service grocery stores and fresh produce.
The federal government’s health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov (re)opened for business on November 15th. Last year, LDI Fellow Charlene Wong, MD researched how to improve the site to respond to the needs of young adults. Here she reflects on what improvements have been made to HealthCare.gov and what issues remain.
Safety-net hospitals that see many Medicaid and uninsured patients have long relied on additional payments from Medicaid to partially offset the costs of uncompensated care. The ACA reduced these Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, reasoning that the hospitals would gain revenue from newly insured patients.
On November 15th, state-run health insurance marketplaces and the federal government's HealthCare.gov open for their second enrollment period.
LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly wants to have a conversation about the ACA’s mandatory coverage of preventive care.