A continuous coverage requirement aims to discourage individuals from waiting until they become sick to buy insurance. This works well in theory. But there is little evidence on how it might work in practice.
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.
The likelihood that mothers with private health insurance would start breastfeeding increased by 2.5 percentage points after the Affordable Care Act mandated the coverage of lactation support services.
To inform the debate in the New Jersey state legislature, this report analyzes the role of payments for involuntary out-of-network care for New Jersey hospitals' financial performance and simulates the effect of policies to limit such payments.
The Affordable Care Act's expansion of coverage for people under age 26 led to a 1-percent reduction in uninsurance, equating to a 0.8-percent decrease in workers' compensation claim frequency, and a roughly 1-percent decrease in overall claim costs.
Public health leaders should be able to articulate the business case for their work and should have the skills to work with others outside the health sector. Schools could help by preparing students to think beyond the traditional boundaries of public health.
The Clinton health care proposal would increase the number of insured individuals and decrease consumers' health spending relative to current law. However, the policies with the largest coverage gains also increase the federal deficit the most.
The Trump health care proposal would decrease the number of insured and increase consumer health spending among those with marketplace insurance relative to current law. The policies would also increase the federal deficit by varying amounts.
Changing scope of practice regulations in Michigan to allow nurse practitioners to autonomously diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications could increase access to care, improve favorable utilization of care, and improve patient-centeredness.
RAND researchers examine the existing literature on the relationship between state scope-of-practice regulations for nurse practitioners and various health care delivery outcomes, then estimate the impact if Michigan expanded that scope of practice.
After key ACA provisions went into effect in 2014, enrollment of HIV-positive patients increased. Those newly enrolled in a large California health plan were more likely to be male, in a high-deductible plan, and to have better viral control.
With a 36 percent chance of becoming disabled at least once before reaching age 50, it is imperative that workers know their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the resources available to help them.