5 health care resources, State of the Union on Poverty, education & earnings levels

News. We’re talking about barriers to opportunity in today’s America. Although we’re all stressed, a new study says Alabama is the most stressed state. Medicaid is coming of age in the new health bill’s defeat. Child poverty and STDs are on the rise in central Minnesota, Michigan is making little progress in lifting the working poor to financial stability, and grandparents and college students in Ohio are living in poverty. And the FCC is dropping its expansion of broadband subsidies for poor residents.

State of the Union on Poverty & Inequality. It’s that time of year again. Stanford announced its upcoming event, and the impressive lineup of speakers. This year’s focus is on racial and ethnic inequalities. It looks like they have experts in health, education, housing, incarceration, labor, mobility, poverty, and wealth inequality. Read more about the event and the social media tied to it.

5 health care resources. Some of the best stories and updates are still focusing on health care and “what’s next.” Here are a few:
  • The Affordable Care Act has gained majority approval for the first time, Gallup says. Now 55 percent of American support ACA, compared to 42 percent after the election. It’s also the first time more than 50 percent have approved of the law since Gallup first began asking in 2012.
  • After the fall of AHCA, what are the next steps for ACA? Kaiser always keeps us up-to-date here. Their polls say two-thirds of Americans say it’s a “good thing” the replacement law didn’t pass. Now people want President Trump to deliver on his promise to get better health care at a lower cost.
  • For another view, watch this brief 2-minute video of David Meltzer, professor of public policy and medicine at the University of Chicago. He talks about the cost of health care, the future of ACA and challenges to creating increased competition in the nation’s health care system.
  • A step beyond that looks at the patients themselves – Pew explored this week why low-income workers don’t always take family or medical leave when they should. It’s most often related to losing money or the job itself.
  • And for a focus on older patients, consider this conference: the National Research Summit on Dementia Care by the Department of Health and Human Services. The online page includes the agenda, and it will soon host materials and resources from the conference.
Final thoughts. In good news, the Census Bureau reports U.S. adults have reached the highest education levels since 1940. More than a third of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The kicker? The earnings vary widely by gender, race and citizenship, as you can imagine. Read the specifics and get the data for your reporting.

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