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Sierra Leone Contains New Threat of Ebola with Lessons Learned
Source: USAID Date: March 21, 2016

WEST AFRICA - EBOLA OUTBREAK FACT SHEET #9
Source: USAID and CDC Date: March 24, 2016

Ebola Facts, Information, and FAQ
In response to the Ebola public health emergency, a number of public health agencies and organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have provided Ebola education materials. This link contains links to information from creditable sources that would be useful to healthcare providers and institutions right now.

Health Insurance Marketplace: 10 Things Providers Need to Know
The Health Insurance Marketplace helps uninsured people find health coverage. As a trusted source for health information, your patients may look to you for help navigating the Marketplace. Here are 10 things you should know.  Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  Date: October 7, 2014

Get Covered: A One-Page Guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace
Here’s a quick look at the most important things to know about the Health Insurance Marketplace.   The next Marketplace open enrollment period is November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015.  Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  Date: October 3, 2014

NMA Joins Letter to FDA Commissioner Regarding Proposed Rule on Generic Labeling
On September 30, 2014, the NMA joined other leading African-American and Hispanic community and health care organizations in submitting a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raising concerns that its Proposed Rule on Generic Labeling could jeopardize patient safety and access to affordable medicines.  The letter focused on the adverse consequences of the proposed rule on patients, on costs, and on vulnerable populations.

NMA Participates in Effort Requesting CMS to Provide Medicare Coverage for LDCT Lung Cancer Screening
On September 26, 2014, NMA participated with other leading medical organizations by signing a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support  full Medicare coverage for annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans as a screening modality in adults ages 55 to 80 years, who have a 30 pack-year or greater smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. This was further supported by the December 2013 United States Preventative Services Task Force’s (USPSTP) Grade B recommendation. Lung cancer screening with LDTC is not only cost effective as a screening tool, but is the only diagnostic procedure proven to reduce mortality from lung cancer in individuals who are at high-risk for development of lung cancer. Private insurers are required to cover any service receiving a grade A or B recommendation from the USPSTF according to the Affordable Care Act; however, this requirement does not apply to and is not relevant to Medicare coverage. 

Healthcare Disparities at the Crossroads with Healthcare Reform

Book by NMA Member Dr. Richard Allen Williams
Building upon the success of Dr. Williams's book Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America: Beyond the IOM Report, this new volume takes a timely look at the state of healthcare reform and the progress and problems faced in the pursuit of healthcare equality. This book focuses on how the elimination of disparities can be accomplished through targeted efforts made within the context of reform.

This book addresses both current and impending legislation and future movements in healthcare. With the knowledge that the problem of disparities extends beyond the present political arena into the larger scope of all aspects of healthcare delivery, the authors provide critical analysis of the causation of disparities, insightful examples of what has worked, and a striking call to action with implementable strategies for advancing equality.

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