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Cuts to Medicaid could worsen U.S. opioid crisis, governors warn

Proposals by U.S. Senate Republicans to phase out the expansion of the Medicaid health insurance program for low-income Americans could hurt state efforts to fight the country`s opioid drug addiction crisis, governors warned. Democratic and Republican governors warned that many residents of their states were relying on Medicaid to get treatment for opioid addiction, which grips an estimated 3 million Americans and killed 33,000 people in the United States in 2015

July 13, 2017
Reuters

Once again, 13 men wrote a bill that’s bad for women’s health

Childbirth in the US is already dangerous, but the Senate health bill would make it worse. Medicaid is incredibly important for reproductive health as it pays for half of all births, including two-thirds of unplanned births. It will be cut severely, and Planned Parenthood funding will stop as it becomes a prohibited entity. It will be harder for women to access abortions and health care in other insurance-related ways as restrictions to access are tightened. It makes essential health benefits optional

June 23, 2017
Vox
June 22, 2017
Time

Exit interview: NOW’s O’Neill on GOP health policy and maternal deaths

Terry O’Neill, outgoing head of the U.S. National Organization for Women said ‘there is a connection between increasing maternal mortality in the USA and GOP policies under consideration in the U.S. Congress. The United States has the worst maternal death rate in the developing world and research suggests health-related complications — including diabetes and hypertension as well as mental health and substance abuse — are major contributing factors. These outcomes will worsen if Congress succeeds in scaling back Medicaid, which funds half of all births in the U.S., defunding Planned Parenthood and allowing states to opt out of Obamacare`s essential health benefit requirement that include maternity and mental health services’

June 18, 2017
USA Today

Medicaid cuts coming in Trump budget: Washington Post

US President Trump’s budget proposal, set to be unveiled on Tuesday, will include cuts to Medicaid and propose changes to other assistance programmes for low-income citizens, the Washington Post reported. The Republican healthcare bill seeks to overhaul the national healthcare system and cut more than $800bn over the next 10 years from Medicaid, the government health insurance programme for the poor and the disabled

May 21, 2017
Reuters

Obamacare Helped Americans Detect Cancer Earlier

The number of Americans whose cancers were diagnosed at the earliest stage, when it is most likely to be cured, increased after Obamacare went into effect and more citizens had access to health insurance, a new study has found. Whilst the effect was small, the study found that a higher proportion of new breast, lung and colorectal tumours were detected at stage 1 in 2014 compared with a year earlier. The shift to earlier diagnosis happened primarily in states that expanded Medicaid under the law, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The researchers followed 273,000 patients under 65, who were diagnosed from 2013-14 with five kinds of cancer that can be detected by screening and the increases in early detection were small but consistent

May 17, 2017
Bloomberg

The Health Care Bill’s Insults to Women

The New York Times Editorial Board attacks the planned GOP Health Care Bill as being discriminatory to women. It lists many examples to back up its case: stripping funding from planned parenthood, eliminating essential services such as mammograms, birth control and prenatal and maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs may be ‘optional’ at a state-by-state level and Medicaid is slashed by $880bn. Almost half of all births in the USA are covered by Medicaid, and 75% of all publicly funded family planning services 

May 12, 2017
New York Times