Newly Minted Medical doctors Are Avoiding Abortion Ban States

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A brand new evaluation finds that graduating medical college students have been much less prone to apply this 12 months for residency coaching in states that ban or limit abortion. That was true not just for aspiring OB-GYNs and others who usually deal with pregnant sufferers, however for all specialties.

Meanwhile, one other examine has discovered that greater than 4 million youngsters have been terminated from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program because the federal authorities ended a covid-related provision barring such disenrollments. The examine estimates about three-quarters of these youngsters have been nonetheless eligible and have been kicked off for procedural causes.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of KFF Health News, Lauren Weber of The Washington Post, Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins University colleges of nursing and public well being and Politico Magazine, and Anna Edney of Bloomberg News.

Among the takeaways from this week’s episode:

More medical college students are avoiding making use of to residency packages in states with abortion restrictions. That may worsen entry issues in areas that already don’t have sufficient medical doctors and different well being suppliers of their communities.

New threats to abortion care within the United States embrace not solely state legal guidelines penalizing abortion tablet possession and abortion journey, but additionally on-line misinformation campaigns — which try to discourage folks from supporting abortion poll measures by telling them lies about how their info is perhaps used.

The newest information is out on the destiny of Medicare, and a fairly sturdy economic system seems to have purchased this system’s belief fund one other 5 years. Still, its total well being is determined by a long-term answer — and a long-term answer is determined by Congress.

In Medicaid growth information, Mississippi lawmakers’ newest try to develop this system was unsuccessful, and a report reveals two different nonexpansion states — Texas and Florida — account for about 40% of the 4 million children who have been dropped from Medicaid and CHIP final 12 months. By not increasing Medicaid, holdout states say no to billions of federal {dollars} that may very well be used to cowl well being look after low-income residents.

Finally, the chapter of the hospital chain Steward Health Care tells a hanging story of what occurs when personal fairness invests in well being care.

Also this week, Rovner interviews KFF Health News’ Katheryn Houghton, who reported and wrote the newest KFF Health News-NPR “Bill of the Month” characteristic, a few affected person who went exterior his insurance coverage community for a surgical procedure and thought he had lined all his bases. It turned out he hadn’t. If you will have an outrageous or incomprehensible medical invoice you’d prefer to share with us, you can do that here.

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Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend well being coverage tales they learn this week that they suppose it’s best to learn, too:

Julie Rovner: The Nation’s “The Abortion Pill Underground,” by Amy Littlefield.

Joanne Kenen: The New York Times’ “In Medicine, the Morally Unthinkable Too Easily Comes to Seem Normal,” by Carl Elliott.

Anna Edney: ProPublica’s “Facing Unchecked Syphilis Outbreak, Great Plains Tribes Sought Federal Help. Months Later, No One Has Responded,” by Anna Maria Barry-Jester.

Lauren Weber: Stat’s “NYU Professors Who Defended Vaping Didn’t Disclose Ties to Juul, Documents Show,” by Nicholas Florko.

Also talked about on this week’s podcast:

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