Millions of suburban residents in US lack health insurance

first_imgNearly 40 percent of the uninsured population in America lives in the suburbs and nearly one in seven suburban residents lacks health insurance.Despite the suburbs’ general reputation of affluence, the U.S.’ growing poor population in suburban areas faces substantial barriers to accessing health care—similar to those faced by the urban and rural poor—according to the study.It is the first national analysis comparing health care coverage and access between people living in the suburbs and people in urban and rural areas.The study appears in the October 2017 issue of Health Affairs.“We rarely think about suburbs when we think about vulnerable populations. Increasing rates of suburban poverty haven’t gotten much attention from the public health sector, and policymakers really haven’t started to consider what these shifts in the geography of poverty mean for health care access and for health disparities,” said lead author Alina Schnake-Mahl, a doctoral student at Harvard Chan School.Poverty has been on the rise in suburbia for a number of reasons: job losses and loss of wealth during and after the 2008 recession; a “return to the city” trend among millennials and empty nesters and subsequent pricing out of lower-income families; more affordable suburban housing options; and international immigration to suburban communities.To explore more about how these shifts are impacting health insurance rates and health care access, the researchers analyzed data from 2005–15 from roughly 2.7 million adults interviewed as part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual national telephone survey.The findings showed that:The suburbs were home to 44 percent of the overall population and 38 percent of the uninsured population, and the uninsurance rate among suburbanites was 15 percent.The probability of having no usual source of health care in the suburbs was 19 percent, and for having no routine annual check up, 34 percent.Among low-income suburbanites, 36 percent had an unmet health care need due to cost and 42 percent had not had a recent checkup.All poor adults — whether they lived in cities, rural areas, or the suburbs — had 8 times higher odds of being uninsured and 1.7 times higher odds of no recent checkup compared to higher-income adults.Uninsurance rates did decline in the suburbs after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014 — as they did in all geographic regions — but suburban coverage gains appear to have been more limited than in urban and rural areas….Speculating as to why poor suburbanites face barriers to health care coverage and access, the researchers pointed out challenges unique to the suburbs: the relative lack of community health centers and free clinics; safety net hospitals that are far from home with limited public transportation options; providers that may be reluctant to treat uninsured patients; and limited availability of services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment.Senior author of the study was Benjamin Sommers, associate professor of health policy and economics at Harvard Chan School and associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Sports Minister Inaugurates AFN Committee Today

first_imgThe Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare will today inaugurate a committee to review the participation of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar as part of measures to forestall a re-occurrence of the challenges that resulted in a poor showing for Team Nigeria at the championships.The inauguration, which is scheduled to hold by 2pm at the Media Centre Package ‘ A’,Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja,in a press statement signed by Olusade Adesola,the Ministry’s permanent secretary will set the terms of reference for the Committee, chiefly amongst which will be to investigate the factors responsible for the less than impressive performance of Nigeria’s athletes at the championships as well as the remote and immediate factors responsible for the avoidable disqulification of Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru.The committee will also be saddled with the responsibility to make recommendations that will ensure improved performance of Nigeria’s athletes at major championships as well as any other recommendations as may be deemd fit.It would be recalled that the Minister directed the recall of  Mr Sunday Adeleye, Technical Director of the AFN from the Championships on the heels of avoidable massive and unacceptable technical and administrative lapses that embarrassed the nation.Nigeria won a bronze medal at the championships courtesy of long jumper,Ese Brume who became the second Nigerian to win a field event medal in the history of the competition Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare last_img read more

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Falcons fall to Ndejje at YMCA

first_imgGodwin Muahamireho (14) pulls down a rebound. He picked game high 11Wednesday, April 24Women: UMU Ravens 45-48 KIU RangersMen: Falcons 63-81 Ndejje AngelsDays after unveiling there new players Falcons remained winless after Ndaejje University Angels hammered them 63-81 at YMCA court Wandegeya on Wednesday.Falcons had new signings Vinnie Jurua and Michael Kojo play for the first time this season since joining the team but their efforts were not enough to overcome Ndejje.Jurua marked his second spell at the club, had joined Warriors when Falcons got relegated in 2017, scored nine points off the bench.Kojo who was at Betway Power last season, hit 7 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 1-14 from the field.The league’s record joint winners – tied on six championships with City Oilers – got off to a strong start when they took a 15-11 lead in the first quarter.Ndejje returned the better side to win the second quarter 21-14 and take a 32-29 slender lead at the long break.Walker Obedi’s side, guided by Samuel Ajack, managed to finish off the business as they won the next two quarters 23-16 and 26-18 in that order to seal their second win of the season.Ajack shot 6-10 from three point range to collect 23 points, Derrick Katumba and Innocent Ochera added 17 and 13 points respectively.Dickson Asiku managed 14 points while Said Khamis contributed 11 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort.It should be noted that this is Falcons third loss from as many games played this season and the previous defeats they suffered were against Sharing Youth and City Oilers.Falcons will return to action next Wednesday against KIU Titans.Ndejje who moved second on the log, below leaders JKL Dolphins, have won two games in a row since losing to UCU Canons in their opener.In the Women game, KIU Rangers capitalized on UMU Ravens’ poor start to clinch a 48-45 win, there third from as many attempts.Ravens, coached by Roger Sserunyigo, lost the first quarter 4-10 but could score 21 points in the last quarter before KIU held on for a hard fought victory.Commentslast_img read more

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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and Qantas Airways have t

first_imgSofitel Sydney Wentworth and Qantas Airways have teamed up to launch a historic public exhibition to commemorate and conclude the original Wentworth Hotel’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration.Inviting guests to step back in time, the exhibition will run from 14 October until 31 December 2016, and feature a fascinating selection of heritage artefacts and imagery stretching from 1966 when the hotel was originally owned and built by Qantas Airways. In addition, the display will feature a photo exhibition of the Wentworth Hotel, from its first days of construction through to fashion highlights and famous celebrities and royal visits.To demonstrate its intertwined history, guests of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth are invited to explore the hotel’s beginnings as the Qantas Wentworth Hotel via a display of restored objects and mementos, including a Miniature Hotel Model, which was sent around the world to promote the hotel and convention facilities, a fabulous display of Qantas’ original 1960s uniforms, and business class lounge.2016 is a year of reflection for Sofitel Sydney Wentworth with the luxury heritage hotel turning 50. Clive Scott, the first General Manager of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth says, “Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is one of the grand old dames of hotels. It will always have pride of place in Sydney and Australia. It has historical significance as a property and landmark in Sydney. Many people across the world have fond memories in their hearts as a special place to stay.”Craig Reaume, present General Manager of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth adds, “I am proud to be part of the hotel’s history and invite our guests to relive its most iconic moments throughout this public exhibition.”This free exhibition will be on display in the hotel lobby and on Level 3 of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth located at 61-101 Phillip Street Sydney.Guests are invited to stay overnight with the hotel’s 50th Anniversary Luxury Leisure Escape.This luxurious package, priced from $400 per night, is inclusive of:Anniversary-themed mini High Tea selection upon arrival including Ronnefeldt teaBreakfast served in-room every morningThe luxury of time, with late check-out until 4pmlast_img read more

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