Rural Americans, Hospitals Disproportionately Hurt by ACHA

Medicaid expansion was associated with a 4-percentage point increase in operating margins for rural hospitals.

from Healthcare Finance

There’s little doubt that the American Health Care Act, passed by the House this month, would raise the number of uninsured Americans, but a new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that rural Americans, and the hospitals that serve them, would be hit especially hard.

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An Oncology Nurse’s Perspective on the Health Insurance Situation

One oncology infusion nurse offers her thoughts on the ACA.

from American Journal of Nursing

I was an oncology infusion nurse in a hospital-based ambulatory center for a number of years, many of them before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010. Besides administering chemotherapy and blood products, I infused medications to patients with sickle cell anemia as well as chronic autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Crohn’s disease. The common denominator among these diseases is the high cost of the medications used to treat them, at the time ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per treatment. I know, because patients told me, their nurse.

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