Can we spend less on health care by investing in education?

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Investments in Education Are Investments in Health Health care accounts for a vast proportion of the nation’s federal and state budgets. At the same time, the business costs of providing private employee health insurance are steadily climbing. Amid these escalating expenses, policymakers and business owners are often pressured to limit their investments in other areas, including education. What many fail …

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8 States that expanded Medicaid saved 1.8 Billion. What could your state save?

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States that expanded the number of people eligible for Medicaid are seeing big budgetary savings without reducing services. Data from eight states show $1.8 billion in budget savings and revenue gains by the end of 2015 as a result of Medicaid expansion. Read more about it here.

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Friday Forum: Epigenetics and Equity: The health and social impacts of racism and inequality

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Friday April 24th  12:15pm – 1:15pm (doors open at 11:30am) Sentinel, 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR  Oregon Health and Science University runs the world’s leading center of study on a new area of science that shows how certain lifetime stresses create inheritable changes in our bodies. The science itself is fascinating. It challenges our prior understanding of evolution and …

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Innovation Waivers Allow States to Pursue Own Brand of Health Reform

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States have long been the testing ground for new models of health care and coverage. Section1332 of the Affordable Care Act, which takes effect in less than two years, throws open the door to innovation by authorizing states to rethink the law’s coverage designs. Under State Innovation Waivers, states can modify the rules regarding covered benefits, subsidies, insurance marketplaces, and …

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Genes Don’t Cause Racial-Health Disparities, Society Does

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For many years, researchers speculated that what they couldn’t explain about disparities must be the fingerprint of some mysterious genetic component. But since they are now able to scan the entire genome, this speculation appears both lazy and wrong. When it comes to why many black people die earlier than white people in the U.S., Kaufman and his colleagues show …

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