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The Five Most Costly Children’s Conditions, 2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17

Categories: Children,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st434/stat434.pdf

The top five in costly conditions for children were mental disorders, asthma, trauma-related disorders, acute bronchitis, and otitis media.  Offers charts on expenditures, number of children afflicted, and source of payment.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson on Improved Health Insurance Questions in the Current Population Survey

Categories: Health Insurance,Population/Census

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/health_care_insurance/cb14-67.html

Describes reasons for the redesign of the health insurance questions on the Current Population Survey and provides some links to additional information.  From the Census Bureau.

 

Updated Estimates of the Effects of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, April 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45231-ACA_Estimates.pdf

Projects that the ACA’s insurance coverage provisions will result in lower net costs to the federal government or $36 billion for 2014, $5 billion less than the previous projection.  Also projects lower costs for the 2015-2024 period.  From the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation

 

Conditions with the Largest Number of Adult Hospital Readmissions by Payer, 2011

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb172-Conditions-Readmissions-Payer.pdf

 

Preventing hospital readmissions is considered a crucial way to reduce medical costs.  This report identifies the conditions with the largest number of 30 day readmissions among U.S. hospitals in 2011 and their associated costs.  Covers Medicare, Medicaid, and uninsured patients.

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Problems Paying Medical Bills: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January 2011 – June 2013

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/probs_paying_medical_bills_january_2011_june_2013.pdf

Provides updated estimates on the percentage of persons under age 65 who were in families having problems paying medical bills, by selected demographic variables.  The overall figure was 19.8% or 52.8 million persons in the first 6 months of 2013.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Children’s Dental Care: Advice and Visits, Ages 2-17, 2011

Categories: Children,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st432/stat432.pdf

Reports that only about half (50.5%) of the children covered in the survey had at least one visit to the dentist in 2011.  Health insurance was a major factor in determining whether children received dental attention.  Only 25% of uninsured children visited the dentist during 2011. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Attitudes Toward Health Insurance

Categories: Health Insurance,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st433/stat433.pdf

Provides a summary of the attitudes adults have regarding the need for health insurance and the persistence of these attitudes over time.  Differences in attitudes are also distinguished by demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Employer-Sponsored Benefits Extended to Domestic Partners

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Marriage/Family,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-3/employer-sponsored-benefits-extended-to-domestic-partners.htm

Looks at the frequency with which health and defined-benefit plans are available to unmarried opposite-sex and unmarried same-sex partners.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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