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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Key insights from the Fed payments study: Part II

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the number of card transactions growing more rapidly than card spending, the per-transaction component of card fee income becomes more important relative to the interchange rate. This nuance is worth bearing in mind when setting your credit union’s card strategy.This is one key insight gleaned from the Fed’s Retail Payments Office’s update on trends in consumer and business payments choices, a more detailed look at the results of its 2016 Payments Study.While overall growth in card use is a major success story, important implications lurk in the details. Debit card uptake has been nothing short of remarkable, with the average household using these cards 1.5 times daily.In fact, one could attribute all consumer noncash payment growth since 2000 to debit, because gains in credit card and ACH did no more than offset declines in check use.last_img read more

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Homes of all sizes up for auction in Brisbane

first_imgThe home at 88 Bellevue Tce, Clayfield.There are also three bedrooms with built-in robes and a family bathroom. On the lower level there is an open-plan kitchen and dining room, living area, three bedrooms laundry and bathroom. The dining room, living area and one of the bedrooms all open to the lower decks. Outside there is a tropical swimming pool and a secure workshop. The property will go to auction at 3pm on Saturday, November 25.Tucked away on a big block on a quiet street in Woolloongabba, a century-old Queenslander at 27 Lockhart St will also be up for grabs on Saturday. Inside 27 Lockhart St, Woolloongabba.The kitchen has french doors opening to the deck, white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and the original brick fireplace, while on the opposite side of the wall there is an ornate fireplace in the dining room. The master bedroom has built-in robes and an ensuite, and there are three more bedroom plus a study, family bathroom and laundry. The home at 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron.“This architecturally designed modern home has been built to perfection by incorporating the core fundamentals of a truly functional family home,” Mr Jabs said. The home has a fresh, light colour scheme, timber floors and big windows allowing plenty of natural light to stream in.On the ground floor, the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening through stacker doors to the entertaining area, with outdoor kitchen, lawn and in-ground pool. The home at 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron.FAMILIES of all sizes will have plenty to choose from at Brisbane auctions this weekend, with everything from renovated character homes to sprawling modern houses going under the hammer. In Kedron a new home with a traditional design is going to auction at 11am on Saturday, November 25. Marketing agents Matthew Jabs and Ross Armstrong, of Place Newmarket, described the five-bedroom property at 59 Thirteenth Ave as being beautifully finished with contemporary charm and classic appeal. The home at 88 Bellevue Tce, Clayfield.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoRay White Clayfield marketing agent, Tony Cicchiello said the dual living home on an 809sq m block was ideally suited to an extended family.The home has beautiful character features, including timber floors and ornate fretwork, and a bright, white colours scheme throughout. Upstairs, there is a beautiful wraparound veranda, a stone fireplace separating the dining and living rooms, and an open-plan kitchen and family room opening to the back deck. center_img The back deck at 27 Lockhart St, Woolloongabba.Harcourts Homeside marketing agent, Sam Peterffy said the property was the quintessential Queenslander and the perfect home for raising a family. “Well presented for an immediate comfortable lifestyle, this house is perfect to live in exactly as is, but still has potential to create your own personalised masterpiece,” she said. The property will go to auction at noon on November 25. The home at 27 Lockhart St, Woolloongabba.Owners Bruce and Anne Redman have maintained the traditional feel of the home in the 23 years they have owned it. “The original features are what make it. It’s been there for over 100 years and it was made to last,” Mr Redman said.“It has leadlight windows, 14ft ceilings and, being a quintessential Queenslander, big verandas, north-facing (orientation) and lots of good breezes. The home has a lounge room, separate dining room and kitchen with sitting area. Inside 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron.There is also a multipurpose room, study, powder room and laundry on the ground level. Upstairs, the master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe and the three remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. There is also a family bathroom and lounge room opening to the front balcony. In Clayfield, a six-bedroom classic colonial at 88 Bellevue Tce will also go under the hammer on Saturday. last_img read more

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Husband, wife top field at Roger Willey 5K

first_imgELLSWORTH — A San Francisco couple finished as the top male and female runners Saturday at the Roger Willey 5K at the Down East Family YMCA.Parker Pruett, a former Sumner Memorial High School runner, returned to Downeast Maine for a middle school cross-country race in his honor. Yet Pruett, 39, also competed in the 5K portion of the Roger Willey event and finished first of 33 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 32 seconds.Pruett’s wife, 34-year-old Monica Robles, was the top women’s runner. Robles finished with a time of 22:39 to place fourth overall.Lubec’s Peter Williams posted a time of 18:13 to finish as runner-up. Evan Merchant of Beals (third) and Trinity Montigny of Ellsworth also earned top-five finishes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn addition to the 5K race, 23 runners competed in the Roger Willey 10K. Erik Knickerbocker of Hampden took first in that race with a time of 37:08 to edge second-place finisher Rob Shea of Ellsworth. Abby Iselborn of Bangor posted a flat time of 40 minutes to finish as the top women’s runner.Below is a full list of finishers from both the 5K and 10K races.Roger Willey 5KParker Pruett, 17 minutes, 32 secondsPeter Williams, 18:13Evan Merchant, 20:57Monica Robles, 22:39Trinity Montigny, 23:49Kassie Strout, 23:56Marc Dupuy, 24:30Lisa Tweedie, 24:34Christopher Heel, 24:37Erlyn Davis, 24:51Monica Pettigrew, 25:37Destinie Ordway, 25:59Tom Kirby, 26:07Addison Nelson, 26:18Joshua Ordway, 26:33Mary Lisa Skiff, 26:47Jennifer Brodie, 26:57Kelly McKenney, 27:24Pamela Beam, 28:01Tamera Murphy, 28:10Rebecca Mantelli, 28:22Lloyd Harmon, 28:25Paul Markosian, 28:48Bob Abrams, 28:59Nicole Nelson, 30:17Susan Bean, 31:44Marion Frehill, 32:04Jeff Dalrymple, 32:15Kathy Snow, 34:23Robin Emery, 35:23Sandy Alley, 38:43Billie Jo Pung, 42:09Brooks Engle, 48:36Roger Willey 10KErik Knickerbocker, 37:08Rob Shea, 38:55Kris Garcia, 39:13Abby Iselborn, 40:00Justin Brenton, 44:46Cecilia Dube, 45:23Nathan Rockwood, 49:04Tom Murphy, 49:12Toni Bridges, 50:07Peter Hall, 50:13Tricia Brown, 50:56Laura Anderson, 55:12Lisa Kearns, 55:31Cate Schneider, 55:44Jennifer Sargent, 56:20Debbie Hall, 58:22Michelle Crispo, 1:02:25Susanna Fay, 1:04:54Stephen Fay, 1:04:54Johnnie Walker, 1:07:44Robert Garnett, 1:09:44Maureen Lord, 1:11:38Linda Rogers, 1:20:33last_img read more

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