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This Week In Public Health: If Repeal Happens, What's Next For Medicaid? ... New Mammogram Questions

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Katherine Wood, an attorney with Indiana Legal Services, has helped Allen Wilson with his problems with HIP 2.0.

This week - President-elect Trump's pick to run CMS helped transform Medicaid in Indiana. It could be a model for national change, but it's not working for everyone. ... More testing is good, right? Not so, says a new Danish study raising new questions about mammograms. ... New eyes and ears on the ground to help doctors -- and feed people ... Read on ...

Indiana's Medicaid Could Be Model For U.S. Change, But Not Everyone Is Benefitting

Hoosiers on Medicaid in the state make monthly payments into accounts in order to receive health coverage, but if your income is just above the poverty level and you don't make the payments, you could be locked out of coverage for six months. Side Effects' Jake Harper looks into what has happened to people on Medicaid in Indiana since the expansion, and the prospects of taking Indiana's Medicaid model nationwide.

Related: What happens to Medicaid for Hoosiers if Obamacare repeal passes?

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Allen Wilson, 59, says he has debt collectors calling him over bills that should have been paid by Anthem, his former HIP 2.0 insurer.

New Study Questions When Some Women Need Mammograms

Researchers followed thousands of women in Denmark over more than a decade and found that as many as one-third of breast abnormalities detected by mammograms may never cause health problems. But depending on who you ask, the screening, especially at an early age, could be essential, unneeded or even harmful, Rob Stein reports for NPR.
 

Meals On Wheels Wants To Be A Doctor's Eyes And Ears In The Field

Meals on Wheels, which brings food to seniors in their homes, is trying to play a bigger role in the health care system: formalizing health and safety checks its volunteers conduct during their visits to seniors' homes. Anna Gorman, for Kaiser Health News, reports on new local programs the organization is launching in partnership with insurers, hospitals and health systems.

Quick Hits
Six surprising things that could go away if Obamacare is repealed.

New wearable technology could soon tell you you're getting sick before you feel any symptoms.

The death rate gap between urban and rural America is getting wider.