Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lots of Rest Can Prevent STD Transmission! At Least, That’s What Fresno is Telling Kids

In case you wanted to read something today that will make make you fume, check out ThinkProgress’ report about an abstinence-only education program in Fresno (for shame, California). It is massively, massively irresponsible.

Did you know that getting a lot of rest can prevent you from getting STDs? And that HIV can be spread by kissing? Let that marinate for a bit, because that’s what kids in Clovis, CA, are going to come out of school thinking.

Condoms? Not addressed. Contraception? Not covered.

This curriculum is actually against California law, which requires medically accurate sexual health education to be delivered to students. The ACLU is suing.

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What Are Your Chances of Getting a New Provider if You’re on Medicaid?

You may be surprised, depending on what state you’re in. A chart pulled from data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Electronic Medical Records Supplement (2011) and recently also published in Health Affairs, shows how states compare with the national rate of physicians and offices accepting new Medicaid patients.

States estimated to be statistically significantly different from the national average are displayed in bold.

States estimated not to be statistically significantly different are displayed in italics. (Chart courtesy of Health Affairs.)

STATE ESTIMATE (%)
All 69.4
NJ 40.4
CA 57.1
FL 59.1
CT 60.7
TN 61.4
NY 61.6
LA 62.1
IL 64.9
MD 65.9
CO 66.1
OK 67.3
GA 67.4
MO 67.6
PA 68
KS 68.2
AL 68.5
RI 68.9
HI 69.9
TX 69.9
IN 70.6
OH 72
ME 74
DC 75.2
NV 75.2
VA 76
WA 76.4
NC 76.4
DE 78.3
VT 78.4
AZ 78.5
KY 79.4
OR 79.5
MS 79.6
MA 80.6
WV 80.9
MI 81.1
NH 81.7
AK 82.1
UT 83.5
SC 84.1
ID 84.7
NM 86.3
NE 87.0
IA 87.6
MT 89.9
AR 90.7
WI 93.0
SD 94.1
ND 94.6
MN 96.3
WY 99.3

 

New Jersey is not the state you want to be in. Especially since Chris Christie has stated he will not roll out Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act. While it’s true that some providers avoid Medicaid because the payout isn’t as great as it is for Medicare or private insurers, and while it is also true that community health centers often provide great care for those on Medicaid, many of those are struggling mightily with funding cuts that may not allow them to see nearly as many patients or follow-up as consistently as needed.

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