5 Things We’re Reading on Health Care Access

This week's reads on health care access include updates on ACA enrollment, what's happening with the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a “spillover effect” in the benefits of health coverage.

Why one man opened a health education center in a barber shop

African-American men often face difficulties getting access to the health care  they need. One man in Wisconsin decided to change that, and opened a free health center for men inside his local barber shop. See Aaron Perry’s story on Megyn Kelly Today.

3.6 million Americans enrolled in ACA plans so far

About five weeks through the open enrollment period, roughly 3.6 million people had signed up for Affordable Care Act health insurance plans for 2018 coverage. That includes 2.6 million people renewing plans and about 990,000 new sign-ups. The pace of enrollment has been faster this year than in 2016, but the enrollment window is much shorter this time. Read more from Axios.

Important note: Open enrollment runs through Dec. 15!

With no CHIP reauthorization, thousands of kids could lose health coverage

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance to millions of children in the U.S., but Congress has yet to reauthorize the program, which expired the end of September. Now, several states are poised to run out of CHIP funding in January, which would leave thousands of kids without health coverage. ABC News breaks down the problem.

The ‘spillover effect’ of health care coverage

When poor children’s parents are enrolled in Medicaid, the kids are more likely to receive preventive care, even if the kids themselves have no insurance, according to a new study in Pediatrics. Reuters Health provides more insight.

Mental health service coverage lags; who’s to blame?

Patients are four to six times more likely to pay out-of-pocket for behavioral care than they are for medical or surgical care, a report published by Milliman Inc., found. America’s Health Insurance Plans noted in response that some behavioral health specialists “opt not to participate in contracts with providers simply because they prefer to see patients who are able to pay out of their pocket and may not have the kind of severe needs that other patients have.” Read the full story from Kaiser Health News.


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