Calling Obesity A Disease Dooms Dieters

March 28, 2015

We are walking a psychological tight rope here. Public support for combating obesity depends in part on helping people understand that obesity is not simply the result of lazy behavior, but is also influenced by a range of social and even physiological forces beyond people’s complete control. Reduction of stigma also depends on helping people understand that obesity is not simply a lifestyle choice.

But the better we succeed in convincing people that obesity is a disease, the less motivated obese people will be to fight back against these social and physiologic forces.

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What Is Behind The Post-Recession Bend In The Health Care Cost Curve? – Health Affairs Blog

March 24, 2015

This all suggests that the vast majority of the post-recession slowdown is attributable to lower economy-wide price inflation along with some temporary noncyclical factors. Of the surprisingly small amount left to be explained by the recession and structural changes, I would attribute the greatest share to the recession.

via What Is Behind The Post-Recession Bend In The Health Care Cost Curve? – Health Affairs Blog.


Did 14.1 Million People Gain Health Coverage?

March 24, 2015

Taken together, the administrative data tell us that the number of Americans with health insurance coverage increased by around 9.7 million individuals during 2014—not the 14.1 million estimated by Health and Human Services.

via Did 14.1 Million People Gain Health Coverage?.


Surge in Newly Identified Diabetes Among Medicaid Patients in 2014 Within Medicaid Expansion States Under the Affordable Care Act

March 24, 2015

The number of Medicaid-enrolled patients with newly identified diabetes increased by 23% (14,625 vs. 18,020 patients) in the 26 states (and District of Columbia) that expanded Medicaid compared with an increase of 0.4% (11,612 vs. 11,653 patients) in the 24 states that did not expand Medicaid during this period. Similar differences were observed in younger and older adults and for both men and women.

CONCLUSIONS This study suggests that in the states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, an increased number of Medicaid patients with diabetes are being diagnosed and treated earlier. This could be anticipated to lead to better long-term outcomes.

via Surge in Newly Identified Diabetes Among Medicaid Patients in 2014 Within Medicaid Expansion States Under the Affordable Care Act.


Health Care Systems Try to Cut Costs by Aiding the Poor and Troubled – NYTimes.com

March 23, 2015

A patchwork of experiments across the country are trying to better manage these cases. The Center for Health Care Strategies, a policy center in New Jersey, has documented such efforts in 26 states. Some are run by private insurers and health care providers, while others are part of broader state overhaul efforts. The federal government is supporting some, too, through its $10 billion Innovation Center, set up under the Affordable Care Act.

via Health Care Systems Try to Cut Costs by Aiding the Poor and Troubled – NYTimes.com.


2015 ACA-Exchange-Premiums Update: Premiums Still Rising

March 23, 2015

Health care premiums are continuing to rise in 2015. While the pace of change has slowed since the dramatic increases of 2014, the savings promised under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have still not materialized.

Measuring changes in premiums is an important element in understanding the impact of the ACA. In previous analysis, The Heritage Foundation determined that the new regulations and benefit mandates put in place through the ACA caused premiums to increase drastically in 2014, with average premiums increasing more than 50 percent in some states.[1] This Issue Brief examines premium changes in 2015 and finds continued but slower premium growth, indicative of a market going through a sorting process.

via 2015 ACA-Exchange-Premiums Update: Premiums Still Rising.


Paul Ryan Urges State Lawmakers Not to Set Up Health-Insurance Exchanges – WSJ

March 21, 2015

Rep. Paul Ryan urged state lawmakers to resist setting up state insurance exchanges if the Supreme Court rules that key parts of the Affordable Care Act can only continue if they do so.

“Oh God, no…The last thing anybody in my opinion would want to do, even if you are not a conservative, is consign your state to this law,” the Wisconsin Republican told state legislators Thursday during a conference call organized by the Foundation for Government Accountability, a conservative think-tank. The foundation provided a recording of the call.

via Paul Ryan Urges State Lawmakers Not to Set Up Health-Insurance Exchanges – WSJ.


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