Entries by Ellen Andrews

Uninsured rates continue to improve, ERC lower than other regions

Three sources of new data on the rate of uninsurance find similar results and, mostly, good news. Reports include 2016 Census coverage data, early 2017 coverage data from the CDC, and a Commonwealth Fund survey also from 2017. All find the percent of uninsured Americans continues to fall, especially in states that chose to expand […]

State CHIP programs at risk without federal action

MACPAC estimates that, without federal extension of funding for the CHIP program, all states will run out of funds by July of next year. Three states and the District of Columbia will run out of CHIP funds by the end of this year without federal action. Created by Congress in 1997, the CHIP program has […]

New data shows more employees in high deductible plans, rate varies considerably by state

Analysis of new federal data by SHADAC finds that almost half (43%) of people covered by employer-sponsored health plans were in high-deductible plans last year, up from 30% from 2013. For purposes of this study, high-deductible plans are defined as meeting the minimum deductible amount required for Health Savings Account eligibility ($1,300 for an individual […]

CMS finalizes important patient-friendly informed consent payment proposal

CMS has finalized their proposed Medicare rule (regulation) for how hospitals are paid that includes a new measure assessing the quality of hospital informed consent documents given to patients before elective procedures. (The relevant section, Potential Inclusion of the Quality of Informed Consent Documents for Hospital-Performed, Elective Procedures Measure starts here on p. 373 of […]

Survey of state legislators’ values for health reform finds strong differences by party but some encouraging overlap

Both Democratic and Republican state legislators from across the US agree on the need to control health care costs, according to a new survey published in the American Journal of Public Health. However, other top priorities between the parties differ strongly. Republicans prioritized smaller government along with reducing costs while Democrats prioritize improving health equity […]

State policymakers hear how bioscience is generating jobs with health innovation

The growing Bioscience industry holds great potential to improve the region’s economy and health , according to speakers at “Bioscience Initiatives: Improving Health and Growing the Economy” at this week’s CSG-ERC Annual Meeting in CT. Panelists included Mostafa Analoui, PhD, Executive Director, UConn Venture Development, Mike Hyde, Vice President, External Affairs, The Jackson Laboratory, and […]

State health policymakers get the latest from DC and options to respond

At this week’s CSG-ERC Annual Meeting in CT, state policymakers from across the Northeast got updates from experts on the federal health care landscape, state options to adapt. CT’s Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman pulled it all together describing CT’s progress toward health reform. Mitchell Stein gave a detailed summary of federal activity including CHIP reauthorization […]

The Future of Medicine in the Human Genome Genomics — Making a difference in patients’ lives / By Mary Branham

From CSG-ERC’s Annual Meeting in Connecticut Mapping the first human genome in 2000 cost about $4 billion; today, it costs about $1,000. The cost has come down because of investment, and because of the important role genomics is playing in medicine today, according to Dr. Murat Gunel, a professor of neurosurgery, genetics and neuroscience at […]