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Coverage of Medicaid Preventive Services for Adults—A National Review

July 9, 2013 Comments off

Coverage of Medicaid Preventive Services for Adults—A National Review (PDF)
Source: American Cancer Society (via George Washington University)

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), states are encouraged to increase their role in improving access to evidence‐based preventive screenings and strategies. One of these provisions goes into effect on January 1, 2013, when state Medicaid programs will have the opportunity to receive a one percentage point increase in their Federal Medical Assistance Percentage matching rate (“FMAP”) if they cover the immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (“ACIP”) and the preventive services rated “A” or “B” by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (“USPSTF”) without cost‐sharing. The USPSTF is an independent panel of experts that reviews scientific evidence on clinical preventive health care services and issues recommendations for primary care providers and health systems. This study evaluates Medicaid coverage across the country for twenty‐four of those services that focus on non‐pregnant adults.

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Cancer Statistics About Hispanics Released

September 18, 2012 Comments off

Cancer Statistics About Hispanics Released
Source: American Cancer Society

A new Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos has been released in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month. This publication is updated every 3 years and is a resource for current information about cancer among Hispanics. But you may be wondering why we produce a 35-page report devoted solely to cancer statistics for Hispanics.

For 60 years the American Cancer Society’s Research department has promoted cancer prevention and control by providing cancer data in a user-friendly format called Cancer Facts & Figures. Over the years, new Facts & Figures publications have been developed to highlight a particular cancer type or a specific population. In 2000, to answer the increasing demand for more in-depth information on cancer in the growing Hispanic community, the inaugural Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos was introduced.

See: Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death in US Hispanics (Science Daily)

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