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Hospitalization, Readmission, and Death Experience of Noninstutionalized Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries Aged 65 and Over

Categories: Births/Deaths,Elderly,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

In 2012 nearly one-fifth of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries who were discharged from a hospital were readmitted within 30 days. Also tracks the number of such readmissions which result in death. From the National Center for Health Statistics


Budgetary Effects of Legislation That Would Permanently Prohibit the Availability of Federal Funds to Planned Parenthood

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Women

Estimates that federal spending would increase by $130 million over the 2016-2025 period if legislation permanently prohibiting Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds were passed. From the Congressional Budget Office


Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: 2013 Part D Prescriber Look-Up Tool

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

A searchable database that allows users to look up physicians by name, location, or National Provider Identifier number and check on prescriptions provided to and filled by Medicare beneficiaries, including drug name, total number of prescriptions dispensed, and total drug cost. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits (EHB)

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Mental Health

The Affordable Care Act requires all non-grandfathered health plans to offer a core package of health care services, known as essential health benefits. Because each state selects its own EHB benchmark plan, considerable variation occurs from state to state. This report discusses the variations and other aspects of essential health benefits under the law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2015

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

The number of uninsured people continues to decline in this latest report.  Among adults aged 18-64, the uninsured percentage decreased from 16.3% in 2014 to 13% in the first three months of 2015.  Provides estimates of persons uninsured at time of interview, at least part of year prior to interview, and more than one year at time of interview.  Also shows estimates by selected demographics.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


2015 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

The annual Medicare Trustees Report projects that the hospital insurance fund will remain solvent until 2030, a period that has grown by 13 years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  Growth in per-Medicare enrollee costs continues to be at historical lows.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Medicaid: Key Issues Facing the Program

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

The Medicaid program is undergoing major changes, in part due to the Affordable Care Act.  This report describes key issues that face the program, and how possible changes might affect federal oversight.  Highlights 24 key recommendations made in the past but not yet implemented.  From the Government Accountability Office


Health Care Access and Utilization Among Adults Aged 18-64, by Race and Hispanic Origin: United States, 2013 and 2014

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

Describes recent changes in health insurance coverage and selected measures of health care access and utilization following implementation of the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicaid in some states.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


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