March 5, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Healthcare

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Avicenna Community Health Center/ A patient has her blood pressure and temperature checked

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Avicenna Community Health Center/ A patient has her blood pressure and temperature checked

This year will see more effects from the Obama administration’s Affordable Health Care Act.

Here is what’s trending in the news on health care, the uninsured and “Obamacare”.

To cover medical bills, the uninsured get creative – U.S. News

“Research published by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation focused on healthcare improvements, forecasts that the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—could reduce the number of underinsured adults by 70 percent. Still, several provisions of Obamacare won’t go into effect until January or later.”

Gun shot wounds drive up government health care costs – USA Today

“Gunshot wounds and deaths cost Americans at least $12 billion a year in court proceedings, insurance costs and hospitalizations paid for by government health programs, according to a recent study.”

Obamacare’s exchange-based health insurance will be better than Medicaid. But how much costlier? – Forbes

“The estimate from the Congressional Budget Office is that average per-capita spending on a new Medicaid enrollee, via Obamacare, will be about $6,000 per year. For an enrollee on the Obamacare exchange, per-capita federal spending will approximate $9,000 per year. But how did the CBO arrive at those figures?”

Health care will be an Obama legacy – CNN

“The politics of health care is changing fast. President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act was vulnerable during his first term when Republicans demanded repeal of the law. Even after the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality, there were still many voices who objected to it.”