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ACA Round-Up: Premium Stabilization Programs, Effectuated Enrollment, And More

On June 30, CMS announced the results for the second year (2015) of the operation of the reinsurance and risk adjustment programs, two of the ACA’s “three R” premium stabilization programs. Other ACA-related developments include new effectuated enrollment numbers.

When Common Sense And Public Health Prevail: Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

The Supreme Court's 5-3 majority ruling overturning two restrictions on abortion in Texas represents a full-throated reaffirmation of the balancing test first set forth by the Court 25 years ago in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern United States v. Casey.

The Public Health Implications Of The FDA's Update To The Medication Abortion Label

On March 29, 2016, the FDA approved updated labeling for mifepristone, also known as the abortion pill. The label update reaffirms that medication abortion is very safe and highly effective and has the potential to increase access to medication abortion in this country.

No Room For Prevention: The Unintended Consequence Of Mental Health Stigma Reduction Efforts

Public education and stigma reduction campaigns have been a major strategy in responding to countless studies on the negative impact of mental health stigma. But like all things public health, this does not occur without some controversy and unintended consequence.

Connecting Immigrants To Health Care Coverage

In New York City alone, about 345,000 undocumented immigrants were uninsured in 2013. A foundation has been trying to help immigrants—documented and undocumented—in that city to learn about health care coverage that may be available to them.

Do Pediatricians Have A Role In Addressing Maternal Depression? New Medicaid Guidance Shows The Way

When mothers of young children struggle with feelings of depression, it’s often difficult for them to seek the mental health care they need for themselves. However, there’s an important, if not-so-obvious person to whom a mother with a young child can turn for help: her child’s pediatrician.

Time To Fix The Black Hole In Medicare Data

Medicare pays for nearly 500,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries every year, while at the same time 25,000 patients undergo procedures to remove and replace a previous artificial joint. Remarkably, and largely due to inadequacies data collection, the program is unable to identify product...

Is There Any Room Left For Empirical Research On Family Planning?

A recent evaluation of the impact of Texas’ exclusion of Planned Parenthood from a fee-for-service family planning program quickly sparked an aggressive response from state legislators. Placed in the context of increasing polarization, the space for empiricism in debates over politicized health...

Health Costs, But Not Obamacare, Dominate The Future Of Federal Spending

Neither side of the political dialogue surrounding health care spending faces up to the continuing dominance of health costs in projections of future federal spending. What do those numbers tell us?

Obama Administration Threads Needle In Risk Corridor Case Brief

In litigation filed by insurers, the Obama administration is not clearly defending Congress’ limitations on risk corridor payments, but neither is it refusing to defend the lawsuit, something that administrations have occasionally done in the past.