By expanding coverage for substance abuse treatment, Obamacare could potentially help reduce crime and incarceration — provided that beneficiaries can actually access the help they need.
Researchers at Emory University found that expanding health care coverage increases the use of substance abuse treatment and reduces aggravated assault, robbery, and larceny, according to their new working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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TCF fellow Harold Pollack analyzes for Wonkblog the Institute of Medicine's new report, "Delivering high-quality cancer care: charting a new course for a system in crisis." The IOM's recommendations, Pollack writes, "are so obvious and yet would be so difficult to execute in our high-tech but unwieldy, costly and fragmented health-care delivery system."
"The IOM makes plain that our cancer care system is particularly poorly organized to properly care for people with advanced cancers."
TCF fellow Harold Pollack quoted in The Reporter, a local Pennsylvania news outlet, on the problems people will face if they are ineligible for Medicaid and cannot afford subsidies. “This is a perverse situation where people may have to break rules to get health care coverage that the law intended to provide them,” Pollack says in reference to the possibility that applicants will overestimate their incomes.
Business Insider posts a picture, uploaded originally by the economist Sendhil Mullainathan, of a card filled with financial advice by fellow Harold Pollack. Among Pollack's recommendations: "Promote social insurance programs to help people when things go wrong."
TCF fellow Harold Pollack with Sheldon Danziger in Wonkblog on the proposal by House leaders to drug-test applicants to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. "The drug testing of SNAP recipients is yet another ideological sideshow that disfigures substance-abuse policy," Pollack and Danziger write. "It falsely implies that substance use disorders are a widespread cause of welfare dependence. It also implies, again falsely, that these disorders are highly concentrated among recipients of public aid."
TCF fellow Harold Pollack for Washington Monthly on the health reform proposal offered last week by health policy experts at the American Enterprise Institute. "The AEI authors," Pollack writes, "don’t say much about the legal, regulatory, and competitive realities of how an overtly risk-rated insurance system would actually function."
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