Business & Economics
The Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion increased preconception and postpartum Medicaid coverage and led to significant declines in uninsurance and insurance churn, according to a study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. There was limited evidence, however, that Medicaid expansion increased perinatal health care use or improved infant birth outcomes overall.
- Health Affairs
The University of Texas at Arlington has received a grant from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) to further its partnerships with local community organizations and businesses aimed at providing students with the skills they’ll need to successfully enter the workforce upon graduation.
A study of almost 400 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer found that despite their having access to health insurance, nearly three out of four experienced major financial hardship during the first year after their diagnosis, and this hardship was associated with a subsequent drop in patients’ social functioning and quality of life.
- JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute
- NIH/National Cancer Institute, ASCO Foundation Conquer Cancer Career Development Award, Hope Foundation for Cancer Research Charles A. Coltman, Jr., Award
Economists at UC Santa Cruz used rainy weather as a natural experiment to understand how communities across the U.S. that started some form of social distancing slightly earlier may have experienced significant economic benefits.
- Journal of Health Economics
Individuals from sexual minority populations, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer communities, are more likely than heterosexual individuals to engage in behaviors to reduce medication costs such as using alternative therapies, skipping medication doses or delaying prescription refills, according to study published in JAMA.
- Journal of the American Medical Association
Zoom fatigue may be a real condition, but for some people, the “constant mirror” effect of seeing their own faces didn’t appear to make virtual meetings more unpleasant, a Washington State University study has found. The study surveyed two groups who attended regular virtual meetings as a result of the pandemic: employees and college students. The participants’ attitudes toward the self-view feature depended on an individual trait—public self-consciousness. Those low in this trait tended to have more positive attitudes toward their virtual meetings the more often their own faces were visible to them.
- Computers in Human Behavior