Uninsured individuals who knew more about health insurance and finance were more likely to gain coverage under the ACA. Policies and programs aiming to reduce the numbers of uninsured should consider the financial literacy and health insurance knowledge of the groups they are trying to reach.
Americans spend billions of dollars out of pocket seeking relief from chronic conditions in alternative schools of health, such as acupuncture or chiropractic. What would it take to more fully integrate such practices into the mainstream?
Based on subjective survival probability questions in the Health and Retirement Study HRS, we use an econometric model to estimate the determinants of individual-level uncertainty about personal longevity.
The policy challenges associated with coverage, licensure, scope of practice, institutional privileges, and research may prevent complementary and alternative medicine professionals from practicing to the full extent of their capabilities.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treats the whole person, but political definitions of CAM have focused only on treatment methods. Policies that impact patient access and care need to consider the full scope of CAM professions.
A systematic review of the evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness on changing the public's risk related behaviour pertaining to antimicrobial use to inform a NICE public health guideline aimed at delaying antimicrobial resistance.
Enrolling in an insurance plan under the ACA is only the first step for consumers to be actively engaged in their health care. Low health literacy continues to be a barrier and many consumers still struggle with the complexity of health insurance terminology.
Enrolling in an insurance plan under the ACA is only the first step for consumers to be actively engaged in their health care. Low health literacy continues to be a barrier, and many consumers still struggle with the complexity of health insurance terminology.
As the Affordable Care Act's second open-enrollment period draws to its February 15 close, relatively few of the millions of Americans eligible to switch plans have revisited their options. What actions can be taken to ensure that people know they have the right to a new choice each year?
Health coverage is a means to an end: the aim is to help more Americans use their coverage to access routine primary care and preventive services. For many of the newly insured, however, the leap between obtaining insurance and establishing a regular source of care is substantial.
Research suggests that setting a baseline by getting an estimate of your individual cardiovascular risk can help you see more clearly what you have at stake and what you can do to improve your chances of a long and healthy life.
In a nationally representative sample of more than 6,000 Americans, researchers found an acute lack of understanding among low-income people regarding finances in general, and health reform and health insurance in particular.
An American Life Panel survey finds that a lack of knowledge about health reform and health insurance is especially acute among the poor, less educated, young, and females. This presents challenges for implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Most people lack the information they need to judge or track the quantity and quality of the nutrients they consume. The FDA should take a disease prevention approach — as it is currently doing with trans fat — in promoting standards that address how all foods are prepared and served away from home.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands coverage to millions of Americans. But the newly eligible may face challenges enrolling if they lack understanding of how the health care system itself works. Laurie Martin explains the role of health literacy in determining how successful the ACA will be in providing coverage for America's uninsured.
Resolving the question of whether or not the U.S. has finally gotten a handle on health care spending is vitally important, because the choices we make going forward will have profound implications for our economy, the financial wellbeing of millions of American families, and ultimately America's standing in the world.