Center for Health Policy http://blog.unmc.edu/chp UNMC College of Public Health Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:04:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 CHP faculty research receives national media attention in U.S. News and World Reporthttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/06/25/chp-faculty-research-receives-national-media-attention-in-u-s-news-and-world-report/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/06/25/chp-faculty-research-receives-national-media-attention-in-u-s-news-and-world-report/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:56:37 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=320 ... Read the full article]]> Drs. Fernando Wilson, Jim Stimpson, and José A. Pagán gain national media attention for their study, “Fatal crashes from drivers testing positive for drugs in the U.S., 1993 – 2010.” Published in Public Health Reports, the study concluded that approximately 46.5% of fatal crashes involved drugged drivers using prescription drugs in 2010. The study also indicated that while nearly three quarters of drugged drivers used alcohol and cocaine, prescription drugs had the highest increase in prevalence among drugged drivers since the mid-2000s.

 

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Everything you need to know about the EPA’s proposed rule on coal plantshttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/06/03/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-epas-proposed-rule-on-coal-plants/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/06/03/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-epas-proposed-rule-on-coal-plants/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:27:13 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=315 This is a news story that succinctly summarizes the propose rule by the EPA to cut carbon emissions.

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States Consider Using Medicaid To Pay College Health Plan Premiumshttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/05/28/states-consider-using-medicaid-to-pay-college-health-plan-premiums/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/05/28/states-consider-using-medicaid-to-pay-college-health-plan-premiums/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 15:20:15 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=313 ... Read the full article]]> Universities operating in states that expanded Medicaid may have an option to use Medicaid to pay college health plan premiums and expand the scope of services available to students.

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IRS Announces Tax Penalties for Employers Sending Workers to Health Exchangeshttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/05/27/irs-announces-tax-penalties-for-employers-sending-workers-to-health-exchanges/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/05/27/irs-announces-tax-penalties-for-employers-sending-workers-to-health-exchanges/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 14:58:26 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=311 ... Read the full article]]> “Many employers had thought they could shift health costs to the government by sending their employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution of cash to help pay premiums, but the Obama administration has squelched the idea in a new ruling. Such arrangements do not satisfy the health care law, the administration said, and employers may be subject to a tax penalty of $100 a day — or $36,500 a year — for each employee who goes into the individual marketplace.”

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Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill to Ease Doctor Shortagehttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/04/23/nebraska-governor-vetoes-bill-to-ease-doctor-shortage/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/04/23/nebraska-governor-vetoes-bill-to-ease-doctor-shortage/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:49:38 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=308 ... Read the full article]]> The governor vetoed LB 916 which would sought to increase the independent of nurse practitioners in Nebraska. The purpose of the bill was to ease the primary care doctor shortage in the state, especially in rural areas.

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Nebraska ranked 25th in tax burdenhttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/04/10/nebraska-ranked-25th-in-tax-burden/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/04/10/nebraska-ranked-25th-in-tax-burden/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:42:06 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=306 ... Read the full article]]> A recent report by the Tax Foundation estimated tax burden by determining the amount of all state and local taxes paid per capita (including taxes paid in other states) and dividing that by per capita income in each state. Using this method, Nebraska tax burden was 9.4%; the national average was 9.8%.

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Nevada Offers All-Year Health Care Enrollmenthttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/04/10/nevada-offers-all-year-health-care-enrollment/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/04/10/nevada-offers-all-year-health-care-enrollment/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:38:06 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=304 ... Read the full article]]> Under a Nevada law that took effect in January, any insurer that sells individual health plans outside the state’s health insurance exchange has to offer those plans year round. To discourage people from waiting until they get sick to buy a plan, insurers can require a waiting period of up to 90 days for coverage to take effect.

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Nebraska Becomes 20th State with Online Voter Registrationhttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/04/02/nebraska-becomes-20th-state-with-online-voter-registration/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/04/02/nebraska-becomes-20th-state-with-online-voter-registration/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:18:56 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=301 Read the full story here.

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A Bill that Takes Some of the Surprise out of Medical Billshttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/03/31/a-bill-that-takes-some-of-the-surprise-out-of-medical-bills/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/03/31/a-bill-that-takes-some-of-the-surprise-out-of-medical-bills/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:05:00 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=299 ... Read the full article]]> Every year, thousands of New Yorkers find themselves responsible for a surprise medical bill from a doctor, like an anesthesiologist, who becomes involved in their care but, unbeknown to the patient, is not covered by their insurance. Now a provision in the state budget agreement announced Saturday is intended to protect consumers by requiring that they be given a reasonable amount of notice when an out-of-network doctor will be treating them. If they are stuck with a surprise bill, patients will be responsible only for whatever their co-pay would be if the doctor were in-network. The out-of-network doctor and the insurance company will have to hash out the bill using what is known as baseball arbitration, with each proposing a price and an arbitrator choosing one of them. The law will go into effect in one year.

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Nebraska Rejects Medicaid Expansion Againhttp://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/03/20/nebraska-rejects-medicaid-expansion-again/ http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/2014/03/20/nebraska-rejects-medicaid-expansion-again/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:56:07 +0000 http://blog.unmc.edu/chp/?p=272 Nebraska’s conservative version of Medicaid expansion was rejected by the state legislature.

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