CMS Roundup (Oct. 20, 2023)

the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides an at-a-glance summary of news from around the agency.

The growing gap between federal food aid and those most impacted

Food insecurity remains a crisis for families across the country. Yet something unexpected is showing up in the data from federal food benefit programs.

Study Reveals the Complex Impacts of the Earned Income Tax Credit Enhancements on Mental and Physical Health

The effects of an enhanced Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for single adults without dependent children might damage mental health for some recipients, according to a study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health called the Paycheck Plus Experiment for Healthy Aging, a comprehensive study aimed at understanding the health ramifications of adjustments to the Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax credit available to low-income workers when they file taxes.

Is California’s hospital overcrowding leading to worse health outcomes?

From 1993 to 2003, there was a 44% increase in emergency department visits nationally, according to a 2016 study. The COVID pandemic only intensified the problem. 

Drug used in diabetes treatment Mounjaro helped dieters shed 60 pounds, study finds

The medicine in the diabetes drug Mounjaro helped people with obesity or who are overweight lose at least a quarter of their body weight, or about 60 pounds on average, when combined with intensive diet and exercise, a new study shows.