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Expanding Medicaid Increases Rural Health Care Access and Use

HBNS STORY | October 2, 2014

A new study in Health Services Research reveals that expanding Medicaid to cover more adults boosts health care access and use in rural populations.

Many Women Receive Unnecessary Pap Tests

HBNS STORY | September 30, 2014

As many as half to two-thirds of women who’ve undergone hysterectomies or are older than 65 years report receiving Pap tests for cervical cancer, despite recommendations against it, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Seniors Face Barriers to Critical Dental Care

HBNS STORY | August 26, 2014

Poor oral health can have a negative impact on seniors’ overall health and well-being, but for many, there are significant barriers to visiting a dentist, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

Self-Reported Health Information Predicts High-Need Medicaid Patients

HBNS STORY | August 19, 2014

Just three types of simple self-reported health measures can predict which Medicaid-eligible adults are more likely to access intensive and costly health services over the next year, a new study in Health Services Research suggests.

Little Progress Made in Reducing Health Disparities for People with Disabilities

HBNS STORY | June 26, 2014

Mental distress in people with disabilities is associated with increased prevalence of chronic illness and reduced access to health care and preventive care services, finds a new study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Class and Insurance Stigma Are Barriers to Good Health Care

HBNS STORY | June 19, 2014

Some low-income, uninsured and Medicaid patients report feeling stigma when interacting with health care providers, finds a new report in The Milbank Quarterly.

Misunderstanding Health Insurance Leads Some to Overspend

HBNS STORY | May 1, 2014

Uninsured adults who didn't understand health insurance tended to have trouble selecting plans that aligned with their stated needs and spent more money, finds a study in Health Services Research.

Insurance Status Affects Where Young Adults Seek Health Care

HBNS STORY | April 22, 2014

Perhaps due to a lack of or inconsistent insurance coverage, young adults age 18 to 25 tend to go to the doctor’s office less often than children or adolescents, yet have higher rates of emergency room use, finds a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Community Demographics Linked to Hospital Readmissions

HBNS STORY | April 10, 2014

Nearly 60 percent of the variation in hospital readmission rates appears to be associated with a hospital’s geographic location, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Cost of Health Care a Burden for Most U.S. Households

HBNS STORY | March 13, 2014

Since 2001, health care costs have become more burdensome for almost all Americans, at every income level and in every geographic area, finds a new study published in The Milbank Quarterly.

Patients Are Loyal to Their Doctors, Despite Performance Scores

HBNS STORY | March 11, 2014

Patients with an existing relationship with a doctor ranked as lower performing were no more likely to switch doctors than patients with higher performing doctors, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Better Benefits Help Medicaid Recipients Quit Smoking

HBNS STORY | March 6, 2014

Expanded smoking cessation benefits offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should give more people the opportunity to quit, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Hospitals Serving Elderly Poor More Likely to Be Penalized for Readmissions

HBNS STORY | January 7, 2014

Hospitals that treat more poor seniors who are on both Medicaid and Medicare tend to have higher rates of readmissions, triggering costly penalties, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

More Funding for Community Health Centers Improves Access to Care

HBNS STORY | January 2, 2014

Increased federal funding for community health centers has helped low-income adults get access to primary and dental care, according to a new study in Health Services Research.

Admitted for “Observation”? Watch Out for Big Medical Bills

HBNS STORY | December 19, 2013

Patients who are placed in observation instead of being admitted to a hospital may face high out-of-pocket costs for treatment, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Massachusetts Residents Healthier After Health Care Reform

HBNS STORY | December 12, 2013

Residents of Massachusetts saw small gains in health status following the enactment of a state-wide health insurance mandate in 2006, finds a new study in the Milbank Quarterly.

Immigration Status Impacts Health, Especially for the Young

HBNS STORY | December 10, 2013

Age at immigration and citizenship status may have health implications for immigrants, finds a new study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Cancer Survivors Not Receiving Preventive Care

HBNS STORY | August 6, 2013

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that some cancer survivors do not always have the best access to primary care and that the type of health insurance they have—or don’t have—may be a factor.

Unwilling to Pay Extra for Wellness

HBNS STORY | April 9, 2013

Although most overweight adults agree that health insurance benefits designed to promote weight loss are a good idea, they don’t want to pay extra for them, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Women Often Lose Their Health Insurance When Divorced

HBNS STORY | November 13, 2012

Each year, almost 115,000 women in the U.S. will lose their health insurance in the months following a divorce, finds a study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

People Surprised by Costs of Out-of-Network Care

HBNS STORY | October 25, 2012

Forty percent of people who received health care outside of their insurance network did so out of necessity, finds a new study in Health Services Research. About half of those patients did not know how much they would have to pay for their out-of-network care.

Doctors Who Share Patients May Provide Lower Cost Care

HBNS STORY | July 31, 2012

Patients with diabetes or congestive heart failure who receive care from doctors with high levels of patient overlap have lower total health care costs and lower rates of hospitalization, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Even Small Increases in Copays Affect Use of Children's Healthcare

HBNS STORY | February 17, 2012

Increases in copayments of only a few dollars for ALL Kids, Alabama's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), led to declines in the use of several healthcare services for the children they affected, reveals a study in Health Services Research.

Racial Disparities in Colon Cancer Screening Persist Despite Insurance, Access

HBNS STORY | December 12, 2011

Public health researchers have long attributed the disparity in colonoscopy rates between whites and minorities to a lack of health insurance or access to doctors. Now, a new study in the journal Health Services Research suggests the reasons for the differences are more complex.

Lack of Health Insurance Linked to Fewer Asthma Diagnoses in Children

HBNS STORY | October 27, 2011

Providing health insurance to more children could lead to diagnosing additional cases of mild or intermittent asthma, a new study shows. Some who treat childhood asthma say this could increase the number of kids receiving medication to control their asthma symptoms and seeking care for asthma flares.

Health Insurance Doesn’t Always Protect People From Medical Debt

HBNS STORY | June 30, 2011

A new study confirms that having health insurance coverage is no guarantee against accumulating medical debt for working-age adults.

Health Reform Predicted to Increase Need for Primary Care Providers

HBNS STORY | March 24, 2011

Expansion of health care coverage mandated by health reform will push demand for primary care providers sharply upward, and thousands of new physicians are needed to accommodate the increase, a new study finds.

More People Get Health Screenings When Deductibles Are Waived

HBNS STORY | October 15, 2010

Healthy, Educated Employees More Likely to Pick High-Deductible Plan

HBNS STORY | September 16, 2010

For Parents of Uninsured Kids, a Little Help Goes a Long Way

HBNS STORY | August 7, 2010

Latinas Delay Seeking Care, Even if Insured and Ill

HBNS STORY | June 3, 2010

Out-of-Pocket Costs Put Arthritis Drugs Out of Reach for Some

HBNS STORY | May 20, 2010

Employment and Insurance: No Guarantee for Better Health

HBNS STORY | April 30, 2010