Traditional Medicaid expansion and ‘private option’ both improve access to health care

first_imgTwo different approaches used by states to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income adults — traditional expansion and the “private option” — appear to be similarly successful in reducing numbers of the uninsured and in expanding access to and affordability of health care, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study will be published in the January 2016 issue of in Health Affairs.“Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many states are dramatically expanding Medicaid, while others are taking alternative approaches to extending coverage to low-income adults, and roughly 20 states have not expanded at all,” said Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics, and the study’s lead author. “Our findings suggest that deciding whether or not to expand matters much more than whether a state does so using public or private insurance.”The 2012 Supreme Court decision on the ACA gave states the option of whether to expand Medicaid. So far, 30 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to expand coverage. Sommers and colleagues looked at three states with different policies: Kentucky, which expanded traditional Medicaid coverage; Arkansas, which used federal Medicaid funds to subsidize private insurance (the so-called “private option”); and Texas, which chose not to expand at all. They compared the preliminary effects of traditional and private Medicaid expansion versus non-expansion using a telephone survey of nearly 5,700 low-income adults in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Texas both before and after the first year of the ACA’s coverage expansions. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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NFL playoff scenarios for Week 13

first_imgThat leaves the Rams as the only team with a chance to clinch their division this week, while the Chiefs, still being stalked by the Chargers in the AFC West, can only clinch a playoff berth.WEEK 13 PICKS: Against spread | Straight upBelow are the NFL playoff clinching scenarios in play for Week 13, plus the overall playoff picture as the fourth quarter of the 2018 season arrives.NFL playoff clinching scenariosNew Orleans Saints (10-2)(at Dallas)— :NO win + CAR loss or tie ORNO tie + CAR loss— :NO win ORNO tie + WAS loss + SEA loss ORNO tie + WAS loss + MIN loss ORNO tie + WAS loss + SEA tie + MIN tieLos Angeles Rams (10-1)(at Detroit)— Los Angeles clinches NFC West title with:LAR win ORSEA loss ORLAR tie + SEA tieLos Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:LAR tie + WAS loss + MIN loss or tie ORLAR tie + WAS loss + CAR loss ORLAR tie + DAL loss + MIN loss or tie ORLAR tie + DAL loss + CAR loss ORLAR tie + MIN loss or tie + CAR lossKansas City Chiefs (9-2)(at Oakland)— Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:KC win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss + HOU loss + TEN loss or tie ORKC win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss + HOU loss or tie + BAL loss or tie + CIN loss or tie ORKC win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss + HOU loss or tie + BAL loss + LAC loss NFL playoff pictureAFC1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)3. New England Patriots (8-3)4. Houston Texans (8-3)2. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1)5. Los Angeles Chargers (8-3)6. Baltimore Ravens (6-5)In the hunt:Indianapolis Colts (6-5)Miami Dolphins (5-6)Cincinnati Bengals (5-6)Denver Broncos (5-6)Tennessee Titans (5-6)Cleveland Browns (4-6-1)Buffalo Bills (4-7)Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8)New York Jets (3-8)Oakland Raiders (2-9) Week 13 is here, and NFL playoff clinching scenarios are in play for the Saints, Rams and Chiefs, arguably the three best teams in the NFL this season and the squads sitting prettiest in the current playoff picture.New Orleans was up first with a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win in Dallas on Thursday night. Not only did the Saints fail to do that with their loss to the Cowboys, but they also lost their chance to win the NFC South this week.center_img NFC1. Los Angeles Rams (10-1)2. New Orleans Saints (10-2)3. Chicago Bears (8-3)4. Dallas Cowboys (7-5)5. Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1)6. Washington Redskins (6-5)In the hunt:Seattle Seahawks (6-5)Carolina Panthers (6-5)Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)Green Bay Packers (4-6-1)Atlanta Falcons (4-7)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)Detroit Lions (4-7)New York Giants (3-8)Arizona Cardinals (2-9)San Francisco 49ers (2-9)last_img read more

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