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  • [New] Rather than making progress towards the United Nations General Assembly's goal of Universal Health Coverage by 2030, we have actually seen 1 billion people fall behind in their access to healthcare due to rising costs and the unprecedented pressures on budgets and public health services. Open Contracting Partnership
  • [New] $265 billion worth of U.S. healthcare services for FFS and MA beneficiaries could shift from traditional facilities to patient homes by 2025, without a reduction in care quality or access. MedCity News
  • [New] The American West is experiencing its driest period in human history, a megadrought that threatens health, agriculture and entire ways of life. The Hill
  • [New] While the expansion of technology and adoption of mobile phones globally provide opportunities to reach more people and deliver health care services, new inequities have arisen as a result. Frontiers
  • [New] The simmering heat poses a threat to public health: The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that extreme heat causes more than 1,300 deaths every year in the United States. Grist
  • [New] The monkeypox vaccine Jynneos has emergency approval for use with adult patients determined to be at high risk for monkeypox infection, now a public health emergency in the United States. Medical Economics
  • [New] On the health care front, the Inflation Reduction Act would extend expiring subsidies for Affordable Care Act health insurance through 2025 and give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices for the first time ever. CNet
  • [New] The U.S. Senate on Sunday passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a major spending bill that will invest hundreds of billions in climate action and clean energy, cut health care costs and raise taxes, reducing the overall federal deficit. Gotham Gazette
  • [New] Over the past several decades, supply chain disruptions have repeatedly plagued the U.S. health care system, costing health care systems millions of dollars per year, threatening the clinical research enterprise, and most importantly, imperiling the health and lives of patients. The National Academies Press
  • [New] Health systems overall faced a difficult start to the year as the cost of caring for patients exceeded revenue, with some analysts predicting that challenges will linger through the second half. Healthcare Dive
  • [New] Called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, it's not at all clear the 755-page bill will substantially ease inflationary pressures, though millions of Americans are expected to see some relief in health care and other costs. The Denver Post
  • [New] The recent intensification of gang-related violence in Cite Soleil, a densely populated slum in Port-au-Prince Haiti, has left 20 children at risk of dying from acute malnutrition, as gang violence has caused health services in the district to shut down. Platform for Peace and Humanity
  • [New] UNICEF: Increased Gang-Violence in Haiti Hampers Access to Healthcare Services for Children at Risk of Malnutrition. Platform for Peace and Humanity
  • [New] For the current monkeypox outbreak in the U.S., the National Institutes of Health will evaluate whether a smaller dose of monkeypox vaccine might be effective, as well as whether one shot provides about as much protection as two doses. The Conversation
  • [New] The collective push by hospitals in Ontario to expand beyond their traditional acute-care role will not completely solve their ALC problem, but it can suggest a way forward to a broader transformation of the health care system that will meet the care needs of an aging population. The Globe and Mail
  • [New] The US will declare a public health emergency to bolster the federal response to the monkeypox outbreak that has infected more than 6,600 Americans. Saudigazette
  • Northern Ireland's Department of Health is working to keep disruption to a minimum, and steps have been taken to avoid a risk of other critical systems and services being hit. MKFM
  • The provisions making Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace coverage more affordable will prevent 3.1 million people from losing coverage and becoming uninsured in 2023 while reducing the cost of coverage for millions more - an important step toward universal health coverage. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • People are living healthier, longer lives, with fewer threats of infectious diseases and with better access to care and disease prevention services. UN News
  • Joe Biden is expected to sign a second executive order today that aims to protect access to reproductive healthcare after the US supreme court struck down the constitutional right to abortion. The Guardian

Last updated: 14 August 2022