Even rich Americans are less healthy than English peers

Even the highest paid middle-aged Americans have higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and mental health conditions than do their English peers.

U. Michigan • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: diabetes blood-pressure insurance older-adults money united-states featured health-and-medicine strokes england

Expert: Renter relief won’t stop economic ‘time bomb’

“Just focusing on renters will not be enough to prevent a financial crisis like the crisis of 2007-08. We need comprehensive solutions.”

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 economics insurance jobs money housing society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Medical debt can keep people homeless longer

Medical debt can prolong stretches of homelessness, according to a new study in King County, Washington.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-care-costs insurance money homelessness society-and-culture health-and-medicine debt

Fewer women die when insurance covers infertility treatments

Insurance coverage for infertility treatments reduces maternal mortality by 20% among white women, research finds.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pregnancy death insurance infertility health-and-medicine laws births in-vitro-fertilization

Is your neighborhood raising your coronavirus risk? Redlining decades ago set communities up for greater danger

Neighborhood characteristics like pollution from busy roads, widespread public transit use and lack of community-based health care are putting certain communities at greater risk from COVID-19.

Sarah Rowan, Assistant Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease, University of Colorado Denver • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health public-health cities covid-19 coronavirus pollution transport insurance population discrimination commuting urban community

If fees for COVID-19 care can vanish, why not others?

"If we could decide as a nation to change everything" to remove out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 care, why not things like diabetes and pregnancy, too?

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: covid-19 health-care-costs insurance money featured health-and-medicine

Coronavirus medical costs could soar into hundreds of billions as more Americans become infected

Reopening state economies too soon risks a second wave of the pandemic, and a surge in medical costs. Anyone who pays insurance premiums and taxes will be picking up the tab.

Bruce Y. Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management, City University of New York • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus economics health-care-costs insurance economy hospitals us-economy

Time to unlink work and health insurance in the US?

There's no reason for health care insurance to be tied to employment in the United States, an expert argues. That's especially true as we face a pandemic.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-care-costs insurance jobs health-and-medicine

93% of people over 65 want Medicare to add dental coverage

Almost all respondents in a new survey say they want dental insurance added to Medicare coverage. The report also shows cost is a barrier to dental health.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: teeth medicare health-care-costs insurance health-and-medicine

Protecting mangroves can prevent billions of dollars in global flooding damage every year

A new study estimates that mangroves prevent over $65 billion in damage from coastal storms every year, and says mangrove protection should be funded in the same way as infrastructure like seawalls.

Pelayo Menéndez, Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Science, University of California, Santa Cruz • conversation
March 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  climate-change  insurance  hurricanes  aquaculture  coasts  mangroves  tropical-storms  ecosystem-services  coastal-defences  coastal-development

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