July Healthcare News

Medicaid Plan Offers Food As Medicine READ
Since 2015, Health Partners has joined a small group of insurers around the country to offer some [Medicaid] members specially designed meals to improve their health. The company paid the full cost for 560,000 meals to be delivered to more than 2,100 of its members with various conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure … The growing number of “food as medicine” programs nationally are aimed at improving nutrition among adults with serious illnesses to help them heal, recover from medical procedures and control chronic disease.

The health care industry needs workers. So it’s turning to former factory and retail workers READ
Consulting firm Mercer estimates the United States will need to hire 2.3 million new health care workers by 2025 to adequately take care of the country’s aging population … Manufacturing workers…come with the experience of working long shifts and odd hours. And former retail workers can help put a different spin on customer care in a health care setting.

Justice Dept. Says Crucial Provisions of Obamacare Are Unconstitutional READ
The Trump administration told a federal court on Thursday that it would no longer defend crucial provisions of the Affordable Care Act that protect consumers with pre-existing medical conditions … If that argument is accepted by the federal court, it could eviscerate major parts of the Affordable Care Act that remain in place despite numerous attacks by President Trump and his administration. Insurers could again deny people coverage because of their medical condition or history.