Narrow provider networks, which are frequently used by plans on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, have garnered their share of criticism.
In AIDS Patient Care and STDs, Baligh Yehia and colleagues explore the difference in rates of HIV testing for the mentally ill and the rest of the U.S. population. HIV infection and mental illness are frequently co-occurring health conditions, and nearly half of the people living with HIV have a psychiatric disorder. The researchers analyzed National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, and found that the mentally ill population is tested at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the U.S. population. However, the rates of HIV testing are still low, with less than half of the...
In the Journal of Urban Health, a group of LDI Senior Fellows and Fellows study the relationship between food insecurity, neighborhood food access, and receipt of food assistance. They analyze 2008, 2010, and 2012 household health survey data from Southeastern Pennsylvania. They were particularly interested in respondents’ answers to questions about the difficulty of finding fruit and vegetables in their neighborhood, the overall quality of neighborhood grocery stores, and whether or not they were receiving food assistance. The researchers find an association between better...
Cross-posted with the Field Clinic blog
We've gathered a collection of live tweets from our joint PennLDI-Wharton Public Policy Institute event held October 9. Three panels of researchers and policymakers shared results and insights about how the research could help improve implementation of health care reform.
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Federally-Qualified Health Centers: Key Access Point to Primary Care for Expanded Medicaid Population
Pennsylvania recently became the 27th state to expand its Medicaid program, a move that will make nearly 300,000 uninsured adults newly eligible for coverage in 2015. As in other states, questions arise about the health system’s ability to meet higher demands for primary care.
(Cross-posted from The Field Clinic blog)
How are rural areas faring with the Affordable Care Act? Has the law fostered competition among plans or have one or two insurers dominated? This Data Brief examines 2014 premiums and finds that residents of rural counties, as a whole, did not face higher premiums than residents of urban counties. However, states with largely rural populations do face fewer choices and higher premiums. These are the states to watch as new issuers enter the marketplaces and 2015 premiums are filed.
In a new Data Brief, we take a nuanced look at 2014 premiums and choices faced by rural residents on the health insurance marketplaces, compared to their more urban counterparts. Prior to the ACA, many rural areas had high premiums and little competition among insurers. Did the ACA change that? The answer, it turns out, depends on the state.
In a new blog post, LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky discusses the limited impact the ACA has had, thus far, on patient volume, and contrasts that with the potentially dramatic impact it can have on people previously uninsured.
Cross-posted from the Philadelphia Inquirer "Field Clinic" Blog
What is your race? That might not seem like a difficult question to answer. It’s easy enough to just check a box, right? You would think that something that has been associated with your genes wouldn’t change throughout your life. But it does, sometimes drastically, as you become more aware of what it means to check one of those boxes. It can also change as the politics surrounding Race (with a capital R) change.
Cross-posted with the Field Clinic blog
The Obama administration has given employers a reprieve from the mandate that they offer their workers insurance at low employee premiums or pay a penalty. As things now stand, enforcement is postponed until 2016. But should the mandate ever come back?