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U.S. life expectancy nearly 5 years lower than other developed nations

| Jun 25, 2021 | Federal

A new study published in the BMJ sheds light on life expectancy in the U.S. and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Between 2018 and 2020 the average life expectancy for people in the United States dropped by nearly 2 years, the biggest drop since 1943 during the second world...[ Read More ]

Three lessons from Vox’s story on physician mental health

| Jun 25, 2021 | Federal

In a 4,700-word piece titled “The doctors are not all right,” Vox Senior Health Correspondent Julia Belluz explores the structural barriers in place that make it difficult for doctors to access mental health care. The article highlights stories of physicians who have died by suicide, COVID-19’s impacts on physician mental...[ Read More ]

The content and context of the Supreme Court's decision on the ACA

| Jun 22, 2021 | Federal

Last week, the US Supreme Court announced the Affordable Care Act would survive one more major court challenge. In a 7-2 vote, with Justice Stephen Breyer writing the opinion, the Supreme Court threw out the claims brought by the State of Texas et al. In somewhat circuitous logic, Texas argued...[ Read More ]

HRSA awards total of $66 million to support behavioral health workforce

| Jun 11, 2021 | Federal

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) this week awarded $22 million to 56 recipients across the country as part of its Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. The program, which provides grant money to professional training programs and institutes of higher education, aims to increase...[ Read More ]

An update on the national health policy agenda after the president’s budget submission

| Jun 7, 2021 | Federal

President Biden’s first budget submission, which he sent to Congress at the end of last month, is surprising in what it omits. Several high-profile health proposals from the 2020 campaign are mentioned in the text but are not tied to specific proposals. While Congress is free to take up ideas...[ Read More ]

SCOTUS ruling opens door for health plans to interact with members via text messaging

| Jun 2, 2021 | Federal

A recent US Supreme Court ruling opens the door for health plans to interact with members via text messaging. Abner Mason, Founder and CEO of ConsejoSano, describes the ruling as a “game changer for health plans and other health care stakeholders” and their ability to communicate with members in their...[ Read More ]

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