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Issue Brief On Transgender Students And Title IX

The Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance on May 13 to help educational institutions understand their responsibilities to serve transgender students. The American Council on Education (ACE) has released an Issue Brief on the guidance documents of the federal agencies, which looks at select aspects of the guidance and answers possible questions, such as how...
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Variation Among States In Health Insurance Premium Increases

Health insurance premium increases show considerable variation both across and within states. An analysis was performed at the Urban Institute to identify market characteristics most associated with premium increases and decreases. A conclusion reached is that that there is no meaningful national average. Significant variation from state to state reflects varying levels of competition around...
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Costs Of Medical Tests And Procedures

Physicians increasingly are being asked to do their part to help contain costs and choose wisely when it comes to ordering tests and services. Yet, a study by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy found that while the overwhelming majority of physicians surveyed (92.2%) felt that doctors had a responsibility to control costs, less than...
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Behavioral Health Care Access

Untreated mental health problems and substance abuse disorders have an enormous impact on individuals and on society. A report from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) includes case studies of plans and initiatives by some of the nation’s health insurance programs to address behavioral health care needs.  The report can be accessed at https://www.ahip.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/AccesstoBehavioralCare_May-2016.pdf...
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Health Literacy And Palliative Care

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a one-day public workshop featuring presentations and discussions that exam­ined the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care. A summary describes what was discussed at the workshop.  The summary can be accessed at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/21839/health-literacy-and-palliative-care-workshop-summary...
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Most Costly Health Conditions In The U.S.

A new study released as a Web First by Health Affairs, estimated health spending by medical condition for the entire U.S. population and found that in 2013, $201 billion were spent on mental disorders–more than on any other medical condition. These estimates, developed under contract to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, include health...
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