The individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) requires that most Americans either obtain health coverage or pay an annual fine. Supporters of the mandate contend that it will encourage younger, healthier Americans who were previously uninsured to get coverage, spreading risks across a larger group and reducing costs. Yet opponents have challenged its constitutionality, and the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case soon. How much would overturning the individual mandate affect costs and coverage?
The financial burden Americans face paying out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs has declined, although prescription costs remain a significant challenge for people with lower incomes and those with public insurance.
If prevention researchers build programs with developmentally relevant content, and provide this content in an engaging, confidential, and non-judgmental way, it can help middle school-aged children avoid alcohol.
Despite growing concern that junk food availability in schools has contributed to the childhood obesity epidemic, research shows that the availability does not significantly increase BMI or obesity among a group of fifth-graders — even though they are likely to buy junk food.
Although Medicare is a federal program, spending on prescription drugs varies from region to region. Are the sources of spending differences due to variations in regional health, or are the types of treatments offered causing the differences?
Asthma in children holds many dangers for children, especially minorities. Many of these risks come from poor adherence to treatment, but a brief educational session with tailored, reinforcing text messages sent to adolescents' cell phones improved adherence and health outcomes.