Health and Poverty News
"If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them? They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate among teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There was a similar decline in births for another group particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies: unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school."
"About 1 million low-income Ohio residents could be required to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid health coverage or potentially lose it under a Republican provision in the state budget, officials estimate. The idea, which will require federal approval, was part of the $71.2 billion, two-year spending blueprint that Republican Gov. John Kasich signed Tuesday."
"Low-income black, Hispanic and Latino U.S. residents are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and chronic conditions, according to a study by UCLA researchers published in the journal Psychological Trauma, Medical News Today reports."
"The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, after the Supreme Court rules insurance tax credits should be available to Americans in all 50 states. In Ohio, that means 160,000 residents get to keep their current health coverage. Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton says the ruling takes a weight off many of their patients shoulders."
"The Obama administration and the state have reached an agreement in principle to continue funding Florida's hospital low-income pool for two more years but at a much lower cost, officials said Tuesday. Florida will receive $1 billion this year, about half of what the state has been receiving, and $600 million for 2016-2017. The federal government must still wait until the end of a public review to issue its final ruling."
"Hoosiers’ income rose in the first quarter of the year thanks primarily to Indiana’s expansion of Medicaid, according to federal figures released Monday. Medicaid benefits increased nearly 8 percent, after the state received permission from the federal government in January to receive federal funds for a modified version of the joint federal and state health care program for the poor, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis."
"Hundreds of people living with HIV and AIDS in Alabama are finally getting health insurance for the first time ever. A new program through the Alabama Department of Public Health, called the Alabama Insurance Assistance Program, is providing critical health care for those who may not have otherwise afforded it."
"Most members of Tampa Bay's predominantly Republican congressional delegation would vote to maintain financial aid — at least temporarily — for the 6.4 million Americans at risk of losing their health insurance subsidies if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act."
"A new grocery store in Boston is on a mission to solve two problems: preventing tons of food from going to waste and offering healthy alternatives to families who might not be able to afford traditional stores, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller. Daily Table in Dorchester looks like a boutique supermarket, but the founder says it's the first fully not-for-profit grocery store in the country that provides affordable and nutritious meals for low-income families."
"Some 17 million elderly Americans are in need of government-funded meal services, but 90 percent of them don't receive it, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. About 83 percent of those adults in need are food insecure."
"The biggest piece of Florida's budget puzzle fell into place Friday as state legislators divvied up $2 billion to hospitals for the costs of treating millions of people with no health insurance."
"Residents in this low- to middle-income neighborhood likely don’t realize how lucky they are. The majority of Americans have to travel miles to see a dentist who takes their insurance, particularly if they’re covered by Medicaid. Many dental patients with private insurance cannot afford to pay their share of the bill."
"In low-income Latino patients with type 2 diabetes who took part in a diabetes education program that was specifically designed for them, those with 'food insecurity' — a belief that they could not access adequate food to feed their families — reported eating fewer healthy vegetables at their main meal and had worse initial glycemic control than their peers."
"Facing a court-ordered deadline to respond to Gov. Rick Scott's request for mediation over federal funding for hospitals serving low-income patients, the Obama administration said Tuesday they don't need to mediate because they are in ongoing discussions with Florida. Gov. Rick Scott said a deal most be done to keep $1.3 billion in federal funding to several of Florida's biggest hospitals, including $95 million annually to UF Health in Jacksonville."
"A federal judge on Monday ordered some quick work out of the federal government in response to a request by Gov. Rick Scott that federal health care officials be forced to settle his lawsuit over the Low Income Pool. Scott filed a motion on Monday seeking court-ordered mediation in the lawsuit he has brought against the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Chief U.S. District Court Judge M. Casey Rodgers responded by issuing an order calling for CMS to respond to the request no later than noon Tuesday."
"The Affordable Care Act (ACA), in its first year of implementation in California, has expanded health insurance to people who have been historically underserved by the health-care system, especially Latinos and low-income people."
"Springfield area families living below the poverty line are eating healthier these days.
The WIC program, or 'Women, Infants, and Children', provides needy families with $40 to buy fresh produce at farmers markets in Holyoke, Chicopee, Westfield and Ludlow."
"Low-income parents may be more likely to get their infants routine checkups and vaccinations when clinics offer extra support navigating healthcare issues and addressing basic needs like food and housing, a U.S. study suggests."
"More low-income children are eating summer meals, according to a new report released today by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) which showed more than 3.2 million children participated in the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2014. This represents a seven percent increase over the previous year, and demonstrates what can be done when the federal government, states, and communities make summer food a priority."
"The low-income pool, conceived as a temporary financing aid for Florida’s safety net hospitals, was extended for nearly 10 years. But that may change. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is advocating insurance coverage rather than a reimbursement-based model for uninsured care, and the LIP program’s last federal authorization is set to run out on June 30."
"Among African American adults with low education and income levels, the increase in risk of heart disease or stroke associated with living in poverty is largest for women and people under age 50, according to a large new study."
"During the 2014 fiscal year, over 21.5 million children qualified for the free and reduced-price lunch program, but only 2.7 million children used the national summer food service program daily. A survey by No Kid Hungry, an organization that seeks to raise awareness about childhood hunger, released this month, showed 83 percent of educators worry that their students will not have enough to eat this summer and 75 percent say their students come to school hungry."
"About 4,500 county residents in the Aspen area live at or below the federal poverty level, and Pitkin County health officials are trying to find options to help the area’s low-income families receive the care they need because many doctors are not accepting public health insurance."
"Florida is losing more than half of a critical hospital funding program but lawmakers say they’re grateful to at least have a number they can start building a budget around. Meanwhile the legislature continues to grapple with how to fill substantial budget hole."
"A top federal official says the state of Florida can likely expect $1 billion in the budget year that begins July 1 for a key health-care program known as the Low Income Pool, according to a letter dated Thursday. That would amount to about half of the amount the state currently receives."