Medicaid

2:25pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicaid Helps Washington, D.C., Clinic Care For Ex-Prisoners

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 4:39 pm

A Unity Health Care patient gets his ears checked.
Unity Health Care

3:11pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Decline In Circumcisions Could Prove Costly

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:15 am

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Nurse Angie Hagen tends to a newborn boy in the nursery at Denver Health medical facility in Denver in June 2011. The following month Colorado ended coverage for routine circumcisions under Medicaid.
Ed Andrieski AP

Fewer boys are being circumcised these days, and that could add to health costs down the road.

Over the past two decades, circumcision rates in the U.S. have fallen to 55 percent from a peak of about 79 percent. Insurance coverage for the procedure has also fallen — particularly under Medicaid — and is a factor in the decline.

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11:45am

Mon August 20, 2012
Business

Aetna To Buy Coventry Health Care

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:50 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Changes in the health insurance industry are at the top of NPR's business news.

The giant insurance company Aetna plans to get a little bigger. It's buying Coventry Health Care for more than $5.5 billion. Now, if you want to know why, consider the changing landscape in which Aetna does business. Medicaid is expanding under President Obama's health care law, Medicare is expanding as Americans grow older, and those government-run plans include many opportunities for private insurance companies.

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1:30am

Mon August 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicaid Fight Reinvigorated With Political Light On Health Care

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:57 am

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to piles of the health care overhaul legislation during a markup hearing before the U.S. House Budget Committee last year in Washington, D.C.
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2:57pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

In British Emergency Room, 'There's No Card To Show; There Are No Bills'

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:23 pm

The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games included a paean to the National Health Service, the U.K.'s socialized healthcare system.
Gallo Getty Images

If any of the 700 athletes in London for the Olympic Games are unlucky enough to get injured, they'll get treated at a state-of-the-art polyclinic situated inside the park. But for the half-million tourists, it's straight to a British hospital for serious ailments requiring medical attention.

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