5 Things We’re Reading on Health Care Access

Learn about a new startup working to improve health equity in poor urban neighborhoods, who and what Medicaid covers, why experts are worried about this year’s open enrollment for marketplace plans, and more.

Open enrollment potholes ahead

The retail marketplaces for health insurance established by the Affordable Care Act allow millions of Americans to shop for and gain health insurance. Experts expect several factors to make enrollment more difficult this year. Kaiser Health News details what could hinder sign-ups.

Important note: Open enrollment runs Nov. 1-Dec. 15 this year!

Emergency care access only for the affluent?

Freestanding emergency rooms can serve as another point of access to the health care system in dire situations. However, a new Health Affairs study finds that the facilities are intentionally built in areas where average household income is high. Read the full study here.

Google parent’s startup takes on health equity

A new company built at Sidewalk Labs at Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has lofty goals to rework health care, starting with underserved urban areas. Announced Oct. 2, Cityblock Health aims to change the status quo that people in low-income neighborhoods tend to have poor health outcomes. This CNBC report provides details, as does the announcement from Cityblock’s CEO.

Medicaid funds on the chopping block: What does the program actually cover?

About 74 million Americans are covered by Medicaid, making it the nation’s largest health insurance program, but cutting Medicaid funding is a hot topic in Washington, D.C. Kaiser Health News broke down who and what Medicaid covers.  See the full story.

Rural mothers-to-be struggle to find maternity care

Rural hospitals are closing rapidly, with at least 81 shuttering since 2010. Those that haven’t closed are cutting services to save money, and maternity wards are usually the first to go, as they typically run in the red. This leaves pregnant women with few options — and a long drive to deliver their babies. Politico paints the picture.


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