16 facts from 2016 + 2017 fiscal outlook + minimum wage going up

News. Minimum wage is going up in 21 states and 22 cities. But is it the best way to help workers? And what about the gap between rich and poor Asian Americans? Indiana’s Medicaid experiment could show the future of the Affordable Care Act. In Silicon Valley, shipping containers could house the homeless. A Nobel Prize winner says public preschool programs should start at birth.
3 data points:
  • The economy” dominated Gallup’s list this year as the most important problem facing the U.S. in 2016. Unemployment and dissatisfaction with the government ranked behind the economy.
  • Related, Brookings writers say 2017’s fiscal outlook is unpromising, and it’s likely to get worse. Federal debt is historically high, Baby Boomers are retiring, and Social Security and Medicare are booming in cost. What else? Read on.
  • Utah is the fastest-growing state, at 2 percent, the Census Bureau says, with Nevada, Idaho, Florida and Washington following. Still, 38 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South, and 24 percent lived in the West in 2016.
Findings from 2016: Pew has 16 striking facts from 2016. A few relevant here:
  • The middle class is shrinking in most metro areas.
  • Millennials are now the largest generation.
  • Young people are more likely to live with parents than with a spouse.
  • Nearly 1 in 100 worldwide are displaced from their homes.
  • About 4 in 10 blacks are skeptical the U.S. will ever make changes needed for blacks to achieve equal rights with whites.
Medicare report to Congress: The Department of Health and Human Services reported to Congress about social risk factors related to Medicare. Income, education, race/ethnicity, employment, community resources and social support play a major role in health and use of Medicare, the report says. To align new value-based payments, social risk needs to be better understand, HHS emphasized.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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