Minority cancer patients less likely than whites to use high-volume hospitals; 10 Ebola-designated hospitals in NY struggling with costs;

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> The number of hospitalized Iowans who lacked health insurance dropped by almost 50 percent during the first six months of 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the Des Moines Register reported. Article

> A new study concludes that minority patients with cancer are less likely to use high-volume hospitals for treatment than white patients, even if they live nearby, according to Medscape. Article

> The 10 hospitals in New York state designated to treat Ebola are bleeding money as they make preparations, and the federal government may kick an additional $15 million to help out, Crain's New York Business reported. Article

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> A new ruling this week among Catholic bishops eases the process for mergers between the church and healthcare providers without compromising the former's positions on abortion, birth control, assisted suicide and direct sterilization. Article

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> The Internet is quickly becoming the go-to place for health information, but those who are not well-versed in understanding health matters, and especially those who are elderly, are being left behind, according to a recent study. The study, led by Helen Levy of the University of Michigan, examines elderly people's knowledge of health matters and how they use the Internet, according to an announcement. The findings are published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Article

And finally...Buried in medical debt. Article