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2013-09-30 12:51:44

Commonwealth Fund survey also finds wide support for expanding Medicaid, including among low-income and uninsured Republicans As the key components of the Affordable Care Act roll out this week, more than three-quarters (76%) of U.S. adults are aware of the law's individual mandate, while only four of 10 are aware of the new health insurance marketplaces opening on October 1, or the financial assistance that is available to help people with low or moderate incomes pay their health...

2013-08-21 14:23:39

Only 27 percent are aware of health insurance marketplaces; millions will remain uninsured if states don't expand Medicaid An estimated 7.8 million of the 15 million young adults who were enrolled in a parent's health plan last year likely would not have been eligible for this coverage without the health reform law's dependent coverage provision, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey. However, the survey also found that only 27 percent of young adults were aware of the state health...

2013-05-07 12:38:50

Health Affairs study proposes comprehensive Medicare benefit that simplifies benefits and lowers premiums and out-of-pocket costs 17 percent to 40 percent Combining Medicare's hospital, physician, and prescription drug coverage with commonly purchased private supplemental coverage into one health plan could produce national savings of $180 billion over a decade while improving care for beneficiaries, according to a new study by researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...

2013-04-26 11:53:49

Nearly decade-long trend of rising uninsured rates among young adults reversed; biennial health insurance survey finds 75 million people struggled with medical debt and 80 million were unable to afford the health care they need Eighty-four million people“•nearly half of all working-age U.S. adults“•went without health insurance for a time last year or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered underinsured, according to the...

2012-12-05 16:11:11

Consumers with individual insurance policies received $394 million in rebates; individual insurers reduced overhead by $560 million Consumers saw nearly $1.5 billion in insurer rebates and overhead cost savings in 2011, due to the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio provision requiring health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care or quality improvement activities or pay a rebate to their customers, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report....

2012-11-15 12:41:37

Survey of 10 countries finds US Primary care doctors most likely to spend time dealing with insurance restrictions; Majority support fundamental health system change; All countries need to improve communication about patient care Two-thirds (69%) of U.S. primary care physicians reported using electronic medical records (EMRs) in 2012, up from less than half (46%) in 2009, according to findings from the 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey, published as a Web First...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'