Category Archives: Health Care

The Importance of Good Oversight for Medicaid

Medicaid plays an important role in providing health care coverage for low-income, medically needy Americans. In 2018, Medicaid covered approximately 75 million people at a cost of about $629 billion. But overseeing this program can be challenging, given its size … Continue reading

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Lead Safety at Home and in School

Exposure to lead can harm a child’s brain, growth, behavior, and ability to learn. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common source of lead exposure … Continue reading

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Treating Behavioral Health Conditions in the United States

Nearly 57 million American adults had a mental health condition (such as depression), a substance use disorder, or both in 2017—and 70% of them didn’t receive treatment for these conditions. Left untreated, these behavioral health conditions can cause other health … Continue reading

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And the Emmy Goes to…

What do primetime television shows have to do with the work we do? More than you might think! We’re gearing up for this Sunday’s Emmys by looking at how some of the nominated shows deal with issues we’ve reported about. … Continue reading

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GAO’s Summer Reading List

Tomorrow is Read a Book Day! Or, if you’re an American high schooler, happy Finish Your Summer Reading List day! Those classics that teachers assign during the hotter months may not qualify as awesome beach reading, but plenty of those … Continue reading

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Preventing and Addressing Abuse in Nursing Homes

Confirmed incidents of abuse in nursing homes more than doubled from 430 in 2013, to 875 in 2017. While the abuse of nursing home residents remains relatively infrequent, this increase is troubling, especially because the largest increase was in the … Continue reading

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The High Cost of a Medical Flight

An air ambulance may save your life in an emergency, but it could cost you thousands of dollars—even if you have health insurance. In today’s WatchBlog, we look at a recent GAO report on air ambulance services and explore how … Continue reading

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You Have a Right to Your Medical Records

If you request a copy of your medical records, your healthcare provider has to give it to you. That’s the law. But there can be a gap between the law and the reality for many patients. In this WatchBlog, we … Continue reading

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Medicare’s Financial Check-Up (video)

Nearly 60 million elderly and disabled people count on Medicare for health care coverage. Without the program, they and their families could be responsible for billions of dollars of health care costs. Medicare spent about $700 billion in 2017 and … Continue reading

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A Multi-Front Effort on Substance Abuse

As drug overdose deaths have grown to unprecedented levels in America, federal efforts have attempted to combat the substance abuse problem on multiple fronts. Programs and new laws have addressed everything from keeping tabs on Medicare opioid prescriptions to gathering … Continue reading

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