Medicare Beneficiaries Highlight Disparities in COVID-19 Treatment Prescriptions, New Study Shows

Boston, MA – A recent study published in the JAMA Health Forum reveals that a significant number of nonhospitalized Medicare enrollees infected with COVID-19, but at low risk for severe disease, received drugs to combat the disease in 2022. This has raised concerns about the allocation of resources and the effectiveness of public health strategies aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. The Harvard-led research team analyzed claims data to determine rates of prescriptions …

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Rural Health Clinic in Georgia Struggles with Limited Access and Specialized Care, Highlighting Healthcare Disparities in Small Towns

In Elberton, Georgia, a small town near the South Carolina border, the Medical Center of Elberton serves as a vital healthcare hub for the local community. With limited access to emergency services and specialized care, rural areas like Elberton face challenges when it comes to healthcare availability, potentially putting residents at risk, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The clinic, designated as a Rural Health Clinic by the government, offers …

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Reproductive Healthcare Coverage Disparities Uncovered in Medicare Study

Miami, Florida – A recent report shed light on the coverage rules and restrictions within Medicare regarding sexual and reproductive health services. Despite common misconceptions about Medicare primarily benefiting older adults, the report revealed that one million women of reproductive age rely on Medicare for their health insurance. This challenges assumptions and highlights the diversity among individuals who receive Medicare coverage for pregnancy-related services. Moreover, the report highlighted disparities in access to sexual and reproductive …

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Disparities in Pediatric Health Care Uncovered by Northwestern Researchers

CHICAGO, IL – Researchers at Northwestern University have uncovered disparities in pediatric health care, finding that minority children face unequal treatment compared to their white counterparts. The study revealed that minority children receive slower treatment and fewer medications in the emergency room, highlighting the inequities present in the healthcare system. The research, which was conducted by Northwestern University, sheds light on the challenges faced by minority children when seeking medical care. According to the study, …

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Inequality Exacerbated by 401(k) Disparities, Study Finds

New York, USA – A recent study has shed light on how the 401(k) retirement savings system in the United States may be contributing to income inequality. The report examined how participation rates and contribution levels in 401(k) plans vary among different income groups, revealing patterns that suggest a widening wealth gap. According to the findings, higher-income individuals are more likely to have access to 401(k) plans through their employers, and they tend to contribute …

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Abortion Restrictions Exacerbate Racial Disparities in Health and Care Access

Washington, DC – The Supreme Court ruling in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June 2022 has had far-reaching consequences for abortion access in the United States. The decision overturned long-standing Constitutional rights to abortion and eliminated federal standards on abortion access across the nation. As a result, many states have implemented abortion bans or placed gestational limits on abortion, creating disparities in access to care, particularly affecting those residing in the …

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Disparities in Mental Health Access Plague Ohio’s Health Rankings, New Data Reveals

Columbus, Ohio – Mental health continues to be a significant concern in Ohio, as new data from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio reveals the state ranking 44th in “health value.” This ranking is determined by a combination of population health and health care spending metrics, showing that Ohioans generally live less healthy lives and spend more on healthcare compared to residents of other states. The report highlights various areas where Ohio has seen significant …

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Inheritance tax disparities across Europe: A comprehensive comparison of rules and rates

Paris, France – Families navigating the complexities of inheritance tax laws in Europe face a myriad of rules and rates that vary significantly across different countries. Understanding and planning for inheritance taxes is crucial for wealth management and passing assets to the next generation. In France, inheritance tax is known as “droits de succession” and applies to assets passed down to heirs. The rates can range from 5% to as high as 60%, depending on …

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Maternal Health Equity Legislation to Address Disparities in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. – Legislation is in the works that could lead Michigan to join 41 other states in licensing and reimbursing birth centers for their services. The focus of these bills is on addressing issues such as maternal and infant mortality, as well as improving access to medical care in light of increasing disparities in maternal health. With plans to open a Black-led birth center later this year, BirthDetroit, a Detroit organization, is at the …

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Mortality Rates Rising: Rural Health Disparities Widen According to Recent Report

Phoenix, Arizona – A recent report from the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service has highlighted concerning trends in mortality rates among rural Americans compared to their urban counterparts. The study, which analyzed CDC death data from 1999 through 2001 and 2017 through 2019, found that individuals aged 25 to 54 living in rural areas were experiencing significantly higher rates of natural-cause mortality, particularly from chronic diseases and cancer. The gap between rural and urban …

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