February 11, 2018

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021118)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. Upsurge Of Suburban Poor Discover Health Care’s Nowhere Land

    [...] The Affordable Care Act cut California’s uninsured rate from 17 percent in 2013 to about 7 percent last year due largely to the Medicaid expansion, which added more than 3.7 million adults to the state’s Medi-Cal rolls. But that has not ensured access to health care for millions of suburbanites, said Alina Schnake-Mahl, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, who was lead author of the Health Affairs study.

    [...] Coverage doesn’t equate to care even for patients with Medi-Cal, as Castaneda can attest. Before the health law, they had trouble finding doctors who would see them because of Medi-Cal’s low payment rates. That problem intensified as millions more signed up for Medi-Cal, driving many enrollees to seek services at safety-net care facilities.

    [...] “You can’t get an appointment when you’re sick … so I’ve just been waiting and waiting,” she [Castaneda] said. “They told me, ‘If you get sick enough, just go to the emergency room.’” [...]

    But..but..but California’s uninsured rate went from 17 percent in 2013 to about 7 percent. Isn’t that a good thing? Maybe, but if you think insurance equals care, maybe not.

    And I thought Obamacare supporters said the legislation was going to reduce emergency room use. Apparently not, for example: ‘It’s a big frustration’: Local hospital emergency rooms overwhelmed since passage of Affordable Care Act

    Comment by Par for the Course — February 11, 2018 @ 8:45 am

  2. But..but..but California’s uninsured rate [went] from 17 percent in 2013 to about 7 percent. Isn’t that a good thing?

    Inadvertently didn’t add “went” in my previous post. Sorry about that.

    Comment by Par for the Course — February 11, 2018 @ 8:50 am

  3. Fixed.

    Comment by Tom — February 11, 2018 @ 1:43 pm

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