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Weekly Updates from Michuhcan

Week of March 18, 2019

Survey: About 1 in 10 US adults rationing medicine in effort to lower costs
The survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that those adults, aged 18 to 64, either skipped doses, took less medicine than prescribed or delayed filling a prescription because of the cost of the drugs in the past 12 months. Click for entire article

Uninsured rate reaches highest point since 2014
The number of U.S. adults who do not have health insurance was higher in the fourth quarter of 2018 than it has been since the Affordable Care Act was implemented four years before. Women, young adults, and lower-income people have experienced the greatest increases in uninsured rates in the last two years, according to the latest Gallup survey data. Click for entire article

Commentary: Confirmation of Trump’s many anti-ACA nominees to lifetime court nominations will have consequences long after his presidency ends
But so questionable has been the quality of some of Trump’s nominees that even Republicans have taken pause. On Wednesday, Senator Susan Collins of Maine voted against Readler, saying that his attack on Obamacare amounted to an attempt to deny health insurance to those with pre-existing conditions. Click for entire article

Reduce total cost of care: 6 reasons why providers and payers should tackle the challenge together
Health care is at a stalemate. Providers can't charge higher rates. Payers can't increase premiums. Employers can't shift more risk to employees. Nobody can afford a higher cost. Click for entire article

Some insurer CEOs see bigger paychecks in 2018
Many of the largest publicly traded health insurers saw their bottom lines soar in 2018. Their CEOs' paychecks were no different. Click for entire article
The struggle to achieve a healthcare system that is fair, affordable, accessible, and sustainable for all who live in America remains elusive. Recent polls indicate that only 46% of Americans understand what Medicare for all or a publicly funded healthcare system actually means. Please join today and keep MichUHCAN fighting for a healthcare system that meets all of our needs. Click to Sign up For MichUHCAN 2019 Membership Drive
So many of us in healthcare feel overwhelmed, demoralized, exhausted, cynical, afraid, and alone. It has to be our fault, right? We’re not resilient enough, we don’t work hard enough, we’re not efficient enough, we’re not good enough people to be taking care of others. Hell, we can’t even seem to take care of ourselves, let alone everyone else. We’re “burned out,” they tell us.
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