Category: Social Services

Basic Services, Civil Service, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Maine Wants To Take The Reins For Its Health Law Exchange From Federal Government

August 30, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

Maine Gov. Janet Mills notified the Trump administration that the state wants to run its own marketplace instead of relying on the federal government. States with their own exchanges, such as California and Massachusetts, have used the added flexibility that […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Viewpoints: Add Scary Graphic Warnings To Cigarette Packs As Quickly As Possible; Lessons On How To Save Millions From Opioids

August 19, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

The Washington Post: Warnings On Tobacco Products Actually Work. Here’s Why. When “Mad Men’s” Betty Draper puffed on a cigarette while pregnant, modern audiences cringed. Public awareness of smoking’s toll on people’s lungs and on their children has come far […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Trump Administration Moves To Make Health Care Costs More Transparent

July 31, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

Shopping around for the best deal on a medical X-ray or a new knee? The Trump administration has a plan for that. On Monday, it proposed new rules that would provide consumers far more detail about the actual prices hospitals […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Employers Urged To Find New Ways To Address Workers’ Mental Health

July 19, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

In the middle of a work project at a global corporate consulting firm, Katherine Switz was gripped with a debilitating bout of anxiety. Her body froze, her heart raced, her chest tightened, and her mind went blank, which made it […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

The Strange Political Silence On Elder Care

July 11, 2019

Via: The Caregiver Space

Baden-Mayer, a freckled forty-five-year-old, put her house on Airbnb three years ago and moved with her husband and two kids into her parents’ home in Alexandria, Virginia. Her mom, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was no longer able to take care […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Virginia Marks State Medicaid Program’s 50th Anniversary With Promises To Improve Maternal Mortality Rates

July 2, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

The state’s Medicaid agency will help by using new technology to ensure qualifying low-income women don’t experience a gap in health insurance coverage; working with the Department of Social Services to streamline enrollment; and launching an outreach campaign this fall […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

What Closing Missouri’s Last Abortion Clinic Will Mean For Neighboring States

May 28, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

ST. LOUIS — As the last abortion clinic in Missouri warned that it will have to stop providing the procedure as soon as Friday, abortion providers in surrounding states said they are anticipating an uptick of even more Missouri patients. […]

Basic Services, Others, Social Security, Social Services

New ID policy looks to leverage government credentials

May 24, 2019

Via: FCW

An updated credentialing policy from the White House aims to make PIV cards interoperable across agencies and tap federal identifiers like Social Security numbers to secure digital transactions. Read More on FCW

Others, Social Services

Buffett: ‘No guarantee of success’ with Haven health venture

May 7, 2019

Via: CNBC Healthcare

Warren Buffett says there’s no guarantee Haven, the joint health-care venture between Berkshire Hathaway, J.P. Morgan and Amazon, will succeed in improving the U.S. health-care system. “It is going to a long, tough pull to make major changes,” Buffett said […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

The Flu Season That Just Won’t End: Second Viral Wave Is Pushing Otherwise Mild Year Into The Record Books

April 22, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

The current season began the week of Thanksgiving, a typical start time, but in mid-February, a nastier strain started causing more illnesses and driving up hospitalizations. In other public health news: over-treatment, suicide, exercise, depression, cholesterol, autism, abuse, and more. […]