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The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2014

September 11, 2014 Comments off

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2014
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Key Findings

  • Race and Ethnicity: Obesity rates remain higher among blacks and Latinos than among whites. Rates among blacks topped 40 percent in 11 states; rates among Latinos exceeded 35 percent in 5 states; for whites, 10 states had rates over 30 percent.
  • Socioeconomic Status: More than 33 percent of adults 18 and older who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese, compared with 25.4 percent who earn at least $50,000 per year.
  • Geography: 9 out of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South.
  • Age: Baby Boomers (45-to 64-year-olds) have the highest obesity rates of any age group – topping 35 percent in 17 states.
  • Severity: More than 6 percent of adults are severely** obese; the number of severely obese adults has quadrupled in the past 30 years.
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Little Evidence of the ACA Increasing Part-Time Work So Far

September 8, 2014 Comments off

Little Evidence of the ACA Increasing Part-Time Work So Far
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Urban Institute

Some reports have suggested that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already triggering an increase in part-time workers. Is this true?

So far, the available evidence suggests those claims are false. This Quick Strike analysis by the Urban Institute suggests that there is “no evidence that the ACA had already started increasing part-time work before 2014.”

If the ACA was likely to have increased part-time work, how might it have happened?

Primarily in two ways:

  • Employers with 50 or more employees will be subject to penalties under the ACA if they fail to comply with the act’s employer mandate—the requirement that they provide adequate and affordable coverage for their full-time employees. In anticipation of the mandate, some suggest, employers are seeking to avoid or reduce penalties either by cutting employee hours to below 30—the threshold at which an employee is considered full-time—or hiring more part-time workers.
  • Employees, offered access to health insurance under the ACA—including subsidies for those with family incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty level—might be voluntarily choosing part-time employment because they no longer need the employer-sponsored health insurance available only to full-time employees.

Urban Institute researchers say their analysis offers more likely explanations. Their research indicates transitions between full-time and part-time work are consistent with historical patterns. Moreover, “These findings suggest that the increase in part-time work in 2014 is not ACA-related, but more likely due to a slower than normal recovery of full-time jobs following the great recession.”

Halbig v Burwell: Potential Implications for ACA Coverage and Subsidies

July 18, 2014 Comments off

Halbig v Burwell: Potential Implications for ACA Coverage and Subsidies
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A new report quantifies what’s at stake—in terms of health coverage and dollars—in the Halbig v. Burwell decision expected soon. Urban Institute researchers estimate that 7.3 million people, or about 62 percent of the 11.8 million people expected to enroll in federally facilitated marketplaces by 2016, could lose out on $36.1 billion in subsidies. Residents in Texas and Florida would lose the most, $5.6 billion and $4.8 billion respectively in subsidies at risk in this court decision.

ACAView: Tracking the Impact of Health Care Reform: First Observations Around the Affordable Care Act

July 16, 2014 Comments off

ACAView: Tracking the Impact of Health Care Reform: First Observations Around the Affordable Care Act
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

ACAView is a joint initiative between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and athenahealth to measure the impact of the Affordable Care Act on providers, patients and physicians from 2014 through 2016.

This first comprehensive report analyzes the impact of the ACA through May 2014. The report focuses on the provider perspective, showcasing how the ACA affects the practice patterns and economics of physicians and other care team members around the country.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Influx in New Patient Volume Not Detected
  • Health Care Reform Widening the Medicaid Gap
  • No Increase in Chronic Disease Diagnoses Among New Patients

The Burden of Stress in America

July 8, 2014 Comments off

The Burden of Stress in America (PDF)
Source: NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health

The NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health Burden of Stress in America Survey was conducted from March 5 to April 8, 2014 with a sample of 2,505 respondents. The survey examines the role stress plays in different aspects of Americans’ lives, including the public’s personal experiences of stress in the past month and year, the perceived effects of their stress and causes of that stress, their methods of stress management and their general attitudes about effects of stress in people’s lives.

Deciphering the Data: Health Insurance Rates and Rate Review

June 24, 2014 Comments off

Deciphering the Data: Health Insurance Rates and Rate Review (PDF)
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Health insurers participating in the new Marketplaces are filing rates for 2015 during the next few months. A few states have already released data on proposed rates. There is substantial economic, policy, and political interest in the magnitude of proposed rate changes. This brief provides background for understanding the economic drivers of proposed rates, state and federal rate review authority, the effects of rate changes on Marketplace enrollees and federal spending on premium credits, and the economic and political dynamics of the rate review and approval process.

County Health Rankings Show People Living in Least Healthy Counties Twice as Likely to Have Shorter Lives than People Living in Healthiest Counties

March 26, 2014 Comments off

County Health Rankings Show People Living in Least Healthy Counties Twice as Likely to Have Shorter Lives than People Living in Healthiest Counties
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The fifth edition of the County Health Rankings released today continues to show us that where we live matters to our health. Large gaps remain between the least healthy counties and healthiest counties. For instance, the least healthy counties have twice the death rates and twice as many children living in poverty and teen births as the nation’s healthiest counties.

A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), the County Health Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on 29 factors that impact health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, unemployment, physical inactivity, and access to healthy foods. The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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