The American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality

The following excerpt comes from the January 19, 2018, article by Vann R. Newkirk II in the Atlantic. For most people, a single doctor’s visit can be a financial obstacle course. Many patients throughout the year pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in premiums, most often through workplace contributions. Then, at the doctor’s office, they … Continue reading The American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality

Higher Stress Among Minority and Low-Income Populations Can Lead to Health Disparities

The following excerpt comes from the January 8, 2018, press release from the American Psychological Association on EurekaAlert!. People with low incomes and racial/ethnic minority populations experience greater levels of stress than their more affluent, white counterparts, which can lead to significant disparities in both mental and physical health that ultimately affect life expectancy, according … Continue reading Higher Stress Among Minority and Low-Income Populations Can Lead to Health Disparities

Economic Inequality and Health Inequality are Inextricably Linked

The following excerpt comes from the December 12,  2017, article by John Lettiere and Steve Glickman on City Lab. The devastation to struggling small towns and cities of Appalachia and the Northeast unleashed by the opioid epidemic has brought renewed attention to the connection between the physical health of individuals and the economic health of … Continue reading Economic Inequality and Health Inequality are Inextricably Linked

Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

The following excerpt comes from the November 1, 2017, article by  Sara Heath on Patient EngagementHIT. Implementing public programs to supplement food security in low-income patients can help reduce hospital use within that population, according to a study published in both BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management. This data suggests that addressing the social determinants … Continue reading Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

Lancet series puts spotlight on health inequity in the U.S.

From the article by Paige Minemyer on FierceHealthcare: Societal issues in the U.S., including systemic racism, poverty and mass incarceration, contribute to health inequity, a new series of studies has found. The Lancet released a five-part look at health inequity in the U.S., titled the “United States of Health,” and researchers found that institutional racism, … Continue reading Lancet series puts spotlight on health inequity in the U.S.

Treatment Gaps Persist Between Low- And High-Income Workers, Even With Insurance

From the article by Michelle Andrews on Kaiser Health News: Low-wage workers with job-based health insurance were significantly more likely than their higher-income colleagues to wind up in the emergency department or be admitted to the hospital, in particular for conditions that with good primary care shouldn’t result in hospitalization, a new study found. At … Continue reading Treatment Gaps Persist Between Low- And High-Income Workers, Even With Insurance

Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

From the blog article by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Americans today live shorter, sicker lives than people in other developed countries, and, across the nation, health varies by income, education, race and ethnicity, and geography. Warning that the United States will pay the high price in lost lives, wasted potential and squandered potential resources … Continue reading Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

New Study Shows the Impact of Minimum Wage Increases on Infant Mortality and Birth Weight

An article recently published in the American Journal of Public Health  reports on an research to test the hypothesis “that increases in state-level minimum wages are associated with reduced rates of low birth weight  infants and infant mortality.” The researchers used 30 years of minimum wage laws from each state to calculate the monthly minimum … Continue reading New Study Shows the Impact of Minimum Wage Increases on Infant Mortality and Birth Weight

Study: Medicaid Expansion Encourages More Poor Adults to Get Health Care

From the article at Kaiser Health News: In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults were more likely to see a doctor, stay overnight in a hospital and receive their first diagnoses of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a study published Monday. Yet researchers found no improvement in adults’ own … Continue reading Study: Medicaid Expansion Encourages More Poor Adults to Get Health Care

Unexpected Benefits from the ACA Medicaid Expansion

From The big way Obamacare helps the poor isn’t really about their health by Max Ehrenfreund on the Washington Post Wonkblog: President Obama's health-care reform law made government health insurance available to more people living in poverty or near poverty by expanding Medicaid. The hope was to improve people's physical health, but new research shows … Continue reading Unexpected Benefits from the ACA Medicaid Expansion