The August issue of Health Affairs contains a cluster of articles focusing on hospital quality and care. Other subjects covered in this variety issue: ways state vaccine exemption laws affect disease outbreaks; how states with strong health insurance rate review managed lower premiums; and characteristics of health care "super-utilizers."
State Vaccination Exemption Laws, Exemption Rates, And Disease Outbreaks
BOSTON — It was 50 years ago this week that the landscape of health care in America changed forever when President Johnson signed the landmark amendment to the Social Security Act, thus beginning the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
It is important to note that before 1966, roughly half of all seniors were uninsured, living in fear that the high cost of health care could propel not only them, but their families, into poverty. And before the advent of Medicaid, far too many people with disabilities and lower-income working Americans were unable to afford the medical care they needed to remain healthy and productive.
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