Tag: health policy

  • CBO finds that 19 million would lose their health insurance if the ACA is repealed

    [This is important. It was written by Phil Galewitz and republished (by permission) from Kaiser Health News (KHN), a nonprofit national health policy news service.] Repealing the federal health law would add an additional 19 million to the ranks of the uninsured in 2016 and increase the federal deficit over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office…

  • Poorer kids are also sicker kids

    I’ve written before about how children from poor families have a higher chance of needing PICU care than do children from more affluent families. Eligibility for Medicaid is a good marker for this; nearly half the population of most urban PICUs is made up of children on Medicaid, even though the national average (it varies…

  • Under-insurance among American children

    There’s been a lot of attention, appropriate attention, focused on children without health insurance. These children tend to be in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but too low to allow purchase of decent insurance. Medicaid covers around a quarter of America’s children. There’s another insurance problem facing America’s children — under-insurance.…

  • Poorer kids are sicker kids

    I’ve written before about how children from poor families have a higher chance of needing PICU care than do children from more affluent families. Eligibility for Medicaid is a good marker for this; nearly half the population of most urban PICUs is made up of children on Medicaid, even though the national average (it varies…

  • How many doctors do we need?

    This isn’t really about pediatric critical care, but it’s a topic that once again has come up for debate: how many doctors do we need? Do we already have enough? Is the problem mainly one of distribution, both in the sense of having too many specialists and a geographic maldistribution of doctors? A little over…