Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Some states may run out of money for the Children’s Health Insurance Program by mid-January, despite congressional stop-gap funding passed in December intended to carry the program through the end of March. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said that, according to its “best estimates,” the funding will carry every state through Jan. 19, but some states may fall short in their ability to pay for children’s health coverage beyond that date. The House and Senate have not been able to agree on how to fund the program going forward. (National Public Radio) Researchers are looking closely at the rise in the incidence of cancer among certain populations—those with better access to screening—and asking the important question: Is there really a higher incidence of these cancers, or is more common screening simply finding more cases? The study focused on cancers that depend on close scrutiny, like prostate, breast and thyroid cancer, and found that, in populations where screening was more common, so was the cancer incidence. The authors warn that while many of these cases posed no mortality risk to the patient, overdiagnosis may cause unnecessary, harmful treatment. (STAT News; Annals of Internal Medicine)
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