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Rural Residents Who are Hospitalized in Rural and Urban Hospitals: United States, 2010

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Rural areas are medically underserved and rural hospitals are usually small with a low volume of services.  This study compares characteristics of rural residents who use rural hospitals (60%) with those who travel to urban hospitals (40%) for medical care. Finds that those who used rural hospitals were older and more likely to be on Medicare. From the National Center for Health Statistics


Block Grants: Perspectives and Controversies

Categories: Federal State Relations,Food/Nutrition,Govt Processes/Organization,Medicare/Medicaid

Provides an overview of the six block grant types, the arguments for and against the use of block grants to achieve national goals, the historical role of block grants in American federalism, recent changes to existing grants, and proposals to create new ones. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook

Attempts to predict the federal budget outlook for the next 10 years and beyond.  Foresees period of stable deficits remaining at about 2.5 to 3% of GDP, but larger deficits after 2020 due to an aging population, rising health care costs, and an expansion of federal subsidies for health insurance.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Prescription Drugs: Comparison of DOD, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D Retail Reimbursement Prices

Categories: Defense/Military,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

This report compares retail reimbursement prices paid by the Defense Department, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D for a sample of prescription drugs and describes factors affecting these prices. From the Government Accountability Office


Medicaid: Financial Characteristics of Approved Applicants and Methods Used to Reduce Assets to Qualify for Nursing Home Coverage

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

Medicaid paid for nearly one-third of the nation’s $158 billion in nursing home expenditures in 2012.  This report examines financial characteristics of applicants approved for Medicaid nursing home coverage in selected states, methods used to reduce countable assets to qualify for Medicaid, and information considered the most useful in assessing applicants’ financial eligibility.  From the Government Accountability Office


Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2013

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics


In 2013 44.8 million people or 14.4% of the population were uninsured at the time of the interview.  Provides estimates of the uninsured population by age, sex, race, poverty status, and geography.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Size and Impact of Federal Spending in Virginia

Federal spending per person is larger in Virginia than in all but one state, primarily because of military spending, but Virginia state government receives less federal funds per person than any other state, mainly because of strict Medicaid eligibility rules and a low poverty rate.  Draft report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


Complicating Conditions Associated with Childbirth, by Delivery Method and Payer, 2011

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Women

Presents data on the source of payment for pregnancy and childbirth hospitalizations with complicating conditions versus without such conditions by mode of delivery in 2011.  Finds that cesarean section deliveries were 11% more likely among women covered by private insurance that those covered by Medicaid. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


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