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Times Touts Medicaid

In a Sunday editorial, the New York Times defends Medicaid against the claims of opponents that Medicaid beneficiaries are better off having no health insurance at all.  The Times also warns that “Any politicians eager to find savings by denying poor people access to Medicaid should recognize that they will be harming the health and financial well-being of highly vulnerable Americans. Read the full editorial here

NAUH Welcomes Resurrection Health Care as New Member

NAUH is pleased to welcome its newest member:  Resurrection Health Care, of Chicago.  Joining NAUH along with Resurrection Health Care are four of the organization’s private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals:  Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Saint Joseph Hospital, and Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, all in Chicago; and Saint Francis Hospital, located in Evanston

The Potential Value of Medicaid Medical Homes

Are medical homes the key to better Medicaid care for patients and lower Medicaid costs for states?  A new report in the journal Health Affairs examines these questions.   “Reinventing Medicaid: State Innovations to Qualify and Pay for Patient-Centered Medical Homes Show Promising Results” examines how 17 states are aligning medical home standards and incentive payments for primary care in an effort to improve care and reduce costs.  A synopsis of the study, which was funded by the Commonwealth Fund, can be found here

Study: Medicaid Has Positive Impact on Recipients

Medicaid coverage has a positive effect on recipients – or so says a new study released last week.   Working with Harvard, MIT, and Oregon state officials, the National Bureau of Economic Research examined the impact of Medicaid coverage on a limited group of uninsured, low-income Oregon adults who were chosen by lottery to receive Medicaid coverage even though they did not meet the state’s Medicaid eligibility criteria.  The study examined the utilization of health services by these individuals, their out-of-pocket expenditures and medical debt, and their self-report physical and mental health status.  Read a Kaiser Family Foundation summary of the [&hellip

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