Mayo Clinic: Privately insured patients to get priority over Medicaid, Medicare patients

Citing tighter profit margins, the chief executive of the Mayo Clinic recently told his employees that the prestigious health system will prioritize the care of privately insured patients over those on Medicare and Medicaid. That bold pronouncement by Dr. John Noseworthy – made in a speech to employees late last year – reflects the growing unease…

Trump budget calls for slashing biomedical and science research funding

President Trump’s proposed budget chops $6 billion, about a fifth of the total budget, from the National Institutes of Health, a move that could decimate biomedical research in a number of areas and stagger academic institutions around the country that depend on NIH grant money to keep their scientific research programs afloat. Research funding at the…

GOP’s Obamacare replacement plans would provide less financial help, analyses show

WASHINGTON — As congressional Republicans move to solidify their Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation, concern is mounting that their strategies will leave millions of Americans with less financial assistance and more expensive coverage. A new analysis on Wednesday from the Kaiser Family Foundation projects that the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace’s average premium subsidy — which people use to help…

Rural America Could be Hardest Hit by Obamacare Repeal

Originally posted 2017-01-24 00:43:45.

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. The health of rural America is failing, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adequate replacement could prove disastrous. A December, 2016, report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that for the first time in 20 years, life expectancy in the United States…

Opinion: Health Crisis Looms if Obamacare is Repealed Before Replacement

Originally posted 2017-01-12 12:00:26.

Milly Silva After nearly seven years and dozens of failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans in Congress will soon get their wish. They will then own the responsibility for protecting the lives and livelihoods of countless New Jerseyans and Americans in general who currently benefit from the many popular components of the…