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Changes in utilization and health among low-income adults after Medicaid expansion or expanded private insurance

Journal of the American Medical Assocation, August 8, 2016
Importance - Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more than 30 states have expanded Medicaid, with some states choosing to expand private insurance instead (the "private option"). In addition, while coverage gains from the ACA’s Medicaid expansion are well documented, impacts on utilization and health are unclear. Read more »

In Boston's 'safe space,' surprising insights into drug highs (features BHCHP)

NPR, August 8, 2016
Some arrive on their own, worried about what was really in that bag of heroin. Some are carried in, slumped between two friends. Others are lifted off the sidewalk or asphalt of a nearby alley and rolled in a wheelchair to what's known as SPOT, or the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment, at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Read more »

4 health care advances that were pioneered in hmeless medicine (features BHCHP)

Scientific American, August 5, 2016
BOSTON - To make health care more accessible and higher quality, insurers and providers are experimenting with a number of new approaches—from storing patient information in the cloud to opening clinics inside of grocery stores. Read more »

Average weight of US men has increased by 15 pounds

ABC News, August 3, 2016
Dinner today looks a lot different than how Mom used to make it and often there's a lot more of it to go around. Read more »

Steward signs three-year contract with union workers

Boston Globe, August 2, 2016
Dinner today looks a lot different than how mom used to make it and often there's a lot more of it to go around typically restaurant portions are super size and it seems we becomes super sized ourselves in the process researchers at the national center for health stats today released their update on how Americans are growing and unfortunately we're not growing up. Read more »

Workers from Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, other hospitals, reach 3-year labor contract with Steward

Patriot Ledger, August 2, 2016
BROCKTON - The union representing health care workers at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, along with those in seven other hospitals, reached a new three-year contract with Steward Health Care System. Read more »

Half of city residents make less than $35,000 a year, study says

Boston Globe, August 1, 2016
Boston is a city of haves and have-nots, and a new study by the Boston Redevelopment Authority quantifies the growing divide, portraying the trend in stark numbers that show few benefits from the economic boom going to those near the bottom of the income scale. Read more »

Depression: 15 genomic regions linked with diagnosis

Medical News Today, August 1, 2016
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. In 2014, there were around 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. who had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year, which represented 6.7 percent of all American adults. Read more »