Health

Can Financial Penalties Drive Hospitals to Improve Patient Care?

A new study finds evidence that financial penalties through the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program reduced patient readmissions for targeted conditions.

Child and family

Does Medicaid coverage change the prenatal health behaviors of pregnant women?

Research shows that expanded Medicaid coverage has counterintuitive impacts on prenatal health behaviors, hurting infants’ health.

Philosophy vs. Science in New York Vaccine Debate

New York State has a substantial and diverse population with diverse reasons for objecting to compulsory vaccination. A recent article discusses the options available to the state in dealing with philosophical objectors when public health and safety are on the line.

What’s at Stake in King v Burwell?

This infographic shows the type of healthcare marketplace in each state, the tax credits provided for each kind of plan, and how many beneficiaries in each state could be affected.

The Moral Hazard of Bankruptcy

A new study finds that Americans use personal bankruptcy as a substitute for traditional health insurance, encouraged by stringent bankruptcy laws.

Paying for Equity: Changing Pay for Performance to Reduce Disparities in Healthcare Funding

Healthcare pay for performance programs tend to hurt providers working with disadvantaged populations. A new study proposes an alternative payment model that more equitably provides funds to providers working with these patients

The Unseen Taxes Created by the Affordable Care Act

A new study explains the effects on the labor supply created by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA creates a penalty on employers that incentivizes a reduction in full-time hiring, as well as creating an implicit tax on full-time employees that encourages them to work less.

Are genetically modified crops a health risk?

Public debate about genetically modified crops misses the fact that a preponderance of scientific studies show GM foods to be safe to consume. Where risks do exist, they are no different than those found in non-GM crops.

By the Numbers: The Affordable Care Act

What to Know About the Vaccine Debate

We provide an overview of previous Chicago Policy Review articles that highlight various angles of the vaccine debate.

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