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The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis – Kaiser Family Foundation

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act promises to change our healthcare system once and for all to solve many of its ongoing malformations and contradictions …  No where is this more true than in its expansion of healthcare services to persons under the Medicaid umbrella.  The Kaiser Foundation web, which always provides data and balanced analysis on the usually controversial health issue and so called “entitlement programs” like Medicaid.  The link below includes an entire report showing estimated impact on each of the 50 states …

“A central goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to significantly reduce the number of uninsured by providing a continuum of affordable coverage options through Medicaid and new Health Insurance Exchanges.  Following the June 2012 Supreme Court decision, states face a decision about whether to adopt the Medicaid expansion. These decisions will have enormous consequences for health coverage for the low-income population.

This analysis uses the Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model (HIPSM) to provide national as well as state-by-state estimates of the impact of ACA on federal and state Medicaid costs, Medicaid enrollment, and the number of uninsured. The analysis shows that the impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion will vary across states based on current coverage levels and the number of uninsured.  This analysis shows that by implementing the Medicaid expansion with other provisions of the ACA, states could significantly reduce the number of uninsured.  Overall state costs of implementing the Medicaid expansion would be modest compared to increases in federal funds, and some states are likely to see small net budget savings.”

More via The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis – Kaiser Family Foundation.

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National Health Service Corps: Public Sector Choice for Minority Physicians

National Health Service Corps

The full-time National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program offers up to $60,000 in tax-free loan repayment for 2 years of service, and up to $140,000 for a total of 5 years of service.

National Health Service Corps scholars commit to serve in the Corps upon completion of their training — 1 year for each year of support (at least 2 years).

The Students to Service Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment assistance of up to $120,000 to medical students (MD and DO) in their last year of school, in return for a commitment to provide primary health care services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas of greatest need for at least 3 years.

The State Loan Repayment Program provides grants to states to operate their own loan repayment programs. Similar to the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, participants in the state programs provide primary health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas in exchange for repayment of their qualifying educational loans.  States are required to match federal grant funds dollar-for-dollar with non-federal funds.

According to self-reports by the nearly 10,000 Corps clinicians currently providing care – 13 percent are African American, 10 percent are Hispanic, 7 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander, and 2 percent are American Indian or Alaska Native.

In FY 2012, African American physicians represent 17 percent of the Corps physicians which exceeds their 6.3 percent representation within the national physician workforce. And,

Hispanic physicians represent 16 percent of the Corps physicians, exceeding their 5.5 percent representation in the national physician workforce.

According to self-reports more than half of by the nearly 1,000 Corps scholars in the pipeline are minorities – 26 percent are Hispanic, 19 percent are African American, 12 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander, and 2 percent are American Indian or Alaska Native.

via National Health Service Corps.

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Republican Troops Keeping Ryan’s Budget Plan at Arm’s Length – NYTimes.com

Even as Mitt Romney and Representative Paul D. Ryan exhort Republicans to embrace their proposed Medicare changes and spending cuts, the party’s rank and file is growing less enthusiastic about the …

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On Surprise Trip to Kabul, Obama Signs Afghan Pact – NYTimes.com

President Obama made a surprise trip here on Tuesday to sign a landmark strategic partnership agreement between the United States and Afghanistan in a midnight ceremony meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for …

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Philanthropy and Public Problem Solving | The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy

Increasingly, philanthropists and philanthropic institutions are becoming more strategic in their efforts, working to leverage their assets – money, knowledge and networks – to achieve greater results. The Center studies the structures and networks that enable philanthropy to work better together to extend its impact as a field, and the alliances that enable philanthropic organizations and individuals to work with partners in nonprofits, government and business to solve public problems. The Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series also provides a venue for nationally recognized leaders to stimulate a conversation on the role that philanthropy can and should play in public problem solving.

The Center’s work to date in this area includes the following:

MORE via Philanthropy and Public Problem Solving | The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy.

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The Demographics of the Jobs Recovery – Pew Research Center

The steep, two-year decline in employment triggered by the Great Recession was followed by slow but steady gains in employment for all groups of workers. However, the rapidly changing demographics of the American workforce has meant that the gains in jobs have varied across different groups.

Hispanics and Asians experienced a faster rate of growth in jobs than other groups. Their employment levels are higher now than just before the start of the recession in December 2007, a milestone not yet reached by white and black workers.

MORE via The Demographics of the Jobs Recovery – Pew Research Center.

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget plan specifies a long-term spending path under which, by 2050, most of the federal government aside from Social Security, health care, and defense would cease to exist, according to figures in a Congressional Budget Office analysis released …

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A Majority Says that Government Regulation of Business Does More Harm than Good – Pew Research Center

In general, more Americans say that government regulation of business is harmful than say it is necessary to protect the public. At the same time, when asked about regulating specific areas, such as food safety and environmental protection, there is broad support for strengthening or maintaining current regulations.

A Majority Says that Government Regulation of Business Does More Harm than Good

Just over half (52%) of people say government regulation of business usually does more harm than good, while 40% think regulating business is necessary to protect the public interest. These results, from a survey conducted Feb. 8-12, are similar to those from January 2008, before the financial crisis and onset of the economic recession.

via Daily Number: A Majority Says that Government Regulation of Business Does More Harm than Good – Pew Research Center.

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