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At a pivotal time for Medicaid health coverage for Americans with low incomes, the impacts of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion show very positive effects, as well as opportunities for continued improvements, according to a new report by the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation as part of its evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan. The program currently has about one million enrollees and was signed into law 10 years ago this September.
According to a new report produced for the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and led by Chad EIlimoottil, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of urology, between 11% and 17% of all health care appointments to evaluate symptoms or discuss treatment now take place virtually, depending on the type of insurance. Telehealth has especially helped the 1 in 5 Michiganders who have mental health care needs. 
Four in five adults age 50 to 80 see the benefit of tests that can give an early warning that a person’s memory and thinking abilities have started to decline, according to a new report from the National Poll on Healthy Aging. And 60% think that healthcare providers should offer cognitive screening, in the form of brief memory tests, to all older adults annually.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) hospitalizes an estimated 60,000160,000 older adults in the U.S. each year. The first vaccines against it were recently approved by the FDA and recommended by the CDC, informed by a cost-effectiveness model created by David Hutton, Ph.D., M.S., professor of public health, and Lisa Prosser, Ph.D., M.S., professor of pediatrics. Hutton discusses their work in this Q&A.
Two research teams have been selected as awardees of IHPI's 2023 Policy Sprint initiative in partnership with the Rogel Cancer Center. The researchers will receive support for timely, policy-relevant projects focused on improving the affordability and accessibility of cancer treatment. The awarded projects are:
Effect of the 340B drug pricing program on advanced prostate cancer care

Evaluating out-of-pocket cost variability of cancer medications insured by Medicare Part D plans

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Spotlight: Gender-Affirming Health Care Research
New research by IHPI experts examines transgender and nonbinary patient experiences and access to gender-affirming care:

A recent study in JAMA Surgery finds that most transmasculine and nonbinary patients who undergo gender-affirming mastectomies are highly satisfied with their decision years afterward. READ MORE

Rapid state law changes mean 25% of American teens now live more than four hours from the closest clinic that could provide medications and hormones, according to a recent analysis. READ MORE

This study's findings suggest that barriers to accessing primary care among transgender and nonbinary people may lead to their heavier reliance on emergency care. READ MORE
Cancer immunotherapy drugs are currently delivered in one-size-fits-all flat doses, but a new study led by Garth Strohbehn, M.D., M.Phil., assistant professor of hematology/oncology, found that if vials intended for a single patient’s use are shared across patients, then physicians could deliver customized, weight-based doses while also significantly reducing waste and costs.
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U-M Healthy Aging Series: Prepare, Prevent, and Get Proactive!

The second annual U-M Healthy Aging Series seeks to explore how older adults can live long and healthy lives. IHPI researchers and other experts will share findings from their research and clinical practice to provide practical strategies for healthy aging. Free, virtual, and open to all.

Friday, October 6, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

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Friday, October 20, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 27, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom
Renu Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc. & Melissa Devine

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