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Health Care Reform Weekly Update - December 31, 2015 - January 6, 2016


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January 6, 2016
Curated by Lindsey Thiessen Johnson, Shelly Miller, Amy Sanders, and Janet Wrzesinski; edited by Priya Bathija*

The Health Care Reform Weekly Update pulls articles on cutting-edge issues directly from the Health Care Reform Educational Task Force's Twitter feed.

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Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds - Here is the surest way to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having health insurance: Don’t get sick. The number of uninsured Americans has fallen by an estimated 15 million since 2013 . . .

Better Healthcare Access in KY and AR, Study Says - Low-income adults in Kentucky and Arkansas have had similar improvements in access to medical care under the Affordable Care Act, a new study found, despite the two states' differing . . .

An Obamacare Provision Even Republicans Can Love - Meet the unlikely champions of Obamacare: Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio. The Republican presidential front-runners, along with their trailing competitors, are all big fans of allowing . . .

John Kasich Knew the Consequences, But He Spurned the Party Line Anyway - Outside the Hilton, on a glorious autumn morning, John Kasich pulls his buddies into a huddle so tight their temples touch. “Lord,” he begins, and then he gives thanks. He wants his men to be proud . . .

Medicaid Tobacco Cessation: Big Gaps Remain In Efforts To Get Smokers To Quit - Medicaid enrollees are about twice as likely as the general US population to smoke tobacco: 32 percent of people in the program identify themselves as smokers. This article provides the first data . . .

*This week's Health Care Reform Weekly Update was curated by Lindsey Thiessen Johnson (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA), Shelly Miller (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit, MI), Amy E. Sanders (Bass Berry & Sims PLC, Nashville, TN), and Janet Wrzesinski (JW Consulting Services, Bay City, MI); and was edited by Priya Bathija (American Hospital Association, Washington, DC).

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