ACHP Media Monitoring Report: January 26, 2017

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ACHP in the news: ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly discusses Medicare and continuous coverage in The Hill Extra (subscriber’s content).

ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly discusses President Trump’s executive order in The Hill.

“No one” to be harmed in ACA repeal
President Donald Trump is aiming for “no one” to lose coverage with the replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Speaking to ABC News, Trump acknowledged he could not ensure that “no one would be hurt” by the repeal, but said there would be “a better plan.” David Nather at Axios has the story.

Insurers suggest ACA changes
U.S. health insurers are working to shape the changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including how consumers purchase individual insurance and how much control ends up at the state level. According to Caroline Humer and Susan Cornwell of Reuters, insurers are looking to save some aspects of individual plans while mitigating risk and premium hikes.

Changes to risk pools needed to cover those without health care
State-run, high-risk pools are a part of Republican plans to cover individuals without insurance. Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman writes in The Wall Street Journal he believes high-risk pools will need more funding and a different operational structure to cover the sickest people. Republican replacement plans would segment the risk pools, allowing healthier individuals to select cheaper insurance options (subscriber’s content).

Explaining health savings accounts
Health savings accounts are a large component of several Republican plans to replace the Affordable Care Act. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has developed a backgrounder that breaks down how health savings accounts work.

Even minimal movement found to boost mood
Moving more may help increase happiness. Researchers from the University of Cambridge used cell phone data via a free app to log activity levels and mood, and found a correlation between happiness and movement. Most participants reported gentle walking as their activity and still felt the positive effects of improved mood. Gretchen Reynolds at The New York Times has the story.

Consumption of sugary drinks on the rise again
For the past several years, Americans heeded warnings about sugary beverages. Consumption of sugary drinks was on the decline throughout the last decade, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds this decrease has levelled off. Researchers explain the trend by suggesting that while consumption of soda is down, Americans are swapping the beverage for teas, sports drinks and flavored water with added sugar. Caitlin Dewey at The Washington Post has the story.

Studies of Note

In this feature, the Media Monitoring Report shares a selection of notable research studies within the health care industry.

 Access to mental health treatment

Six-Month Market Exclusivity Extensions To Promote Research Offer Substantial Returns For Many Drug Makers
Health Affairs
January 2017
A study conducted by researchers from Harvard University finds providing additional market exclusivity to manufacturers results in revenue benefits that far exceed the cost to develop and test those drugs. The researchers conclude extended market exclusivity incentivizes manufacturers but recommends investigating if alternative strategies could lower cost for consumers.

Racial Gap in Cancer

Wider Racial Gap Found in Cervical Cancer Deaths
The New York Times
January 23, 2017
Black American women are dying of cervical cancer at significantly higher rates than white American women, Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University found that the disparity is much greater than expected. Reporter Jan Hoffman of The New York Times has the story.

ACA Effect on Chronic Disease

Coverage And Access For Americans With Chronic Disease Under The Affordable Care Act: A Quasi-Experimental Study
Annals of Internal Medicine
January 24, 2017
Researchers from Harvard Medical School find individuals with chronic diseases experienced an increase in coverage after the Affordable Care Act was passed, yet coverage gaps remain primarily among minorities and states that did not expand Medicaid. The study included more than 600,000 adults with chronic illnesses between 2013 and 2014.