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BCRA Undercuts Opioid Treatment

The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) creates a $45 billion fund for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. However, this amount is unlikely to overcome Medicaid spending restrictions proposed in the bill.

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Suicide Needs Unmet

A recent JAMA article by Gibbons, et al. demonstrates that the national suicide rate and the number of psychiatric beds have an inverse relationship.

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Cause of Death: Poverty

Viz Hub’s interactive map of life expectancy in each U.S. county dramatically illustrates that health is largely shaped by where you live and the conditions of your life.

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Economics of Suicide

Risk of suicide is a complex, multifaceted issue that is notoriously hard to gauge patient by patient, but the state of the economy can predict an uptick.

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Elder Malnutrition

About half of all older adults in the United States are at risk for malnutrition, leaving them highly vulnerable. Targeted public health efforts to educate the elderly, their caregivers, and policymakers could be straightforward, but funding for these programs now hangs in the balance.

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Counting for Insight

The website Understanding Homelessness tells the important story of homelessness in the U.S. through interactive visualizations, with an aim to fend off stigma and misconception.

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The Pursuit of Happiness in Public Policy

Despite the “pursuit of happiness” being a right of all Americans, the U.S. is the 14th happiest country among the OECD. The relatively low ranking is partly explained by growing distrust in the federal government.

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Diminishing Returns

The United States spends far more on health than any other nation but does not have the health outcomes to show for it. What’s the key to getting more health for our money?

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Gun Violence Slows Economic Growth

A recent study by Yasemin Irvin-Erickson at the Urban Institute examines the effect of increased gun violence on the local economies in Minneapolis, Oakland, and Washington, D.C.

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Uninsured Moms

The instability in insurance coverage for women during pregnancy and after childbirth can result in differential access to essential health care, impacting the health of both mothers and newborns.

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