July 12, 2017

Around the nation: How a Utah VA food pantry is serving patients

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  • Michigan: Michigan's Medicaid expansion correlated with a reduction in the risk of major complication or death after heart surgery, according to a new study in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. The researchers looked at heart surgery quality data in Michigan for the 18 months before and after the expansion, and compared those data with data from Virginia, which did not expand Medicaid. There was no significant change in outcomes in Virginia, but in Michigan, among Medicaid beneficiaries, the risk-adjusted likelihood of a serious complication after heart surgery decreased 30 percent after expansion, the researchers found (Haefner, Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality, 7/10; Swensen, UVAToday, 6/6).

  • Texas: Kane Dawson has been named CEO of Mission Regional Medical Center. Dawson comes to Mission from Quorum Healthcare Corp. and Quorum Health Resources, which operate acute care hospitals and outpatient centers. In the past, Dawson has served as CEO for a network of physician-owned hospitals and has held leadership roles with Tenet Healthcare (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/10).

  • Utah: The George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City is serving roughly 100 veterans and their families each month at a food pantry that opened in March. Natalie Green, a Veterans Health Administration trainee who started the program, said veterans enter civilian life with a high need for support. Rebecca Clark, an Air Force veteran, called the food pantry "a godsend" (AP/Sacramento Bee, 7/10; Ramseth, Salt Lake City Tribune, 7/10).

Where the states stand on Medicaid expansion

The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to opt of the law's Medicaid expansion, leaving each state's decision to participate in the hands of the nation's governors and state leaders.

The Daily Briefing editorial teams have been tracking where each state stands on the issue since the ruling, combing through lawmakers' statements, press releases, and media coverage. In this latest iteration of our Medicaid map, we've determined each state's position based on legislative or executive actions to expand coverage to low-income residents using ACA funding.

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