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ACA Having Little Effect on Uninsured in 2013

ACA Having Little Effect on Uninsured in 2013

The Census Bureau has released the 2013 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates for all counties and states in the US.  The trend for the Pennsylvania and the US from 2006-2013 can be seen above.  The US rate has decreased from a high of 17.7% in 2010 to 16.8% in 2013.  Likewise the PA rate has […]

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New American Community Survey Findings on Health Insurance

New American Community Survey Findings on Health Insurance

The US Census Bureau has come out with the American Community Survey (ACS) for 2013 on which the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) are based.  New county level poverty estimates are due out in December and the county level estimates of the uninsured are due out for 2013 in early 2015.  The early findings from the […]

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Yin and Yang of Statistics vs. Anecdotes in Educating the Public on Single Payer

Yin and Yang of Statistics vs. Anecdotes in Educating the Public on Single Payer

The yin and yang of statistics vs anecdotes from University of Pittsburgh   I have completed my third Master’s degree with this presentation on the conflicts if anecdotes and statistics in persuading the public on an issue.  The slides are above and the videos from it are below.  The first one is a healthy artists […]

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Trends in the Uninsured are Flat by Race and Gender for Pennsylvania

Trends in the Uninsured are Flat by Race and Gender for Pennsylvania

The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) for Pennsylvania can be broken down by gender at the state and county level and by ethnicity at the state level only. For race the trends can be seen in the table below.  The trends for the three groups were similar with Hispanics having rates more than double […]

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Pennsylvania’s Uninsured Rate at an All Time Low?

Pennsylvania’s Uninsured Rate at an All Time Low?

Donny Deutsch at MSNBC’s Morning Joe claimed that “Once again the party of no,” Deutsch said on July 1, 2014. “The country’s will was for immigration reform, they’re against it. Minimum wage, we want to raise it for everybody, another populist point of view. They don’t want to do it. By the way, 13 percent […]

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Change in Bankruptcy and Health Outcomes

Change in Bankruptcy and Health Outcomes

Rotated Factor Matrixa   Factor 1  (52% of Variance) 2 (21% of Variance) Infant Mortality 2007 Deaths/1000 .915 .157 Life Expectancy -.824 -.473 % Low Birthweight Babies .700 .341 Groups per million .612   % change in bankruptcy -.441   Percent Uninsured in Demographic Group for All Income Levels   .979 Percent under age 65 […]

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Personal and Medical Bankruptcy Followup

Personal and Medical Bankruptcy Followup

Lloyd Stires has a great series of posts on the decline of mortality in Massachusetts compared to similar surrounding counties.  They are linked in related posts below.  I’ve also received a nice response to my post on medical bankruptcies.  Here is a follow up.I have received comments from Thomas M Miovas of appliedphilosophyonline.com that more exact […]

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Bankruptcy Rates as an Indication of the Rate of Underinsured

Bankruptcy Rates as an Indication of the Rate of Underinsured

In my post on the Gallup polls on improvements in the uninsured rates.  I speculated that looking at the rates of medical bankruptcies would provide an indication of the number of underinsured in the US as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Data on the number of bankruptcies is available from American Bankruptcy Institute which distinguishes […]

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Recent Uninsured Trends and the ACA

Recent Uninsured Trends and the ACA

The Gallup Organization has produced quarterly national estimates of the uninsured rate to assess the impact of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  It suggests that the rate is at the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2008, before the recession began in earnest.   The graph below, not surprisingly, shows that the rates are lower […]

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Correlation of the Concentration of Hate Groups with Health Outcomes

Correlation of the Concentration of Hate Groups with Health Outcomes

This post is a cross post with other blog on the concentration of hate groups in each state (adjusted for population) and their health outcomes.  Pennsylvania is slightly ahead of the national rate at 3.12 groups per million. This is a follow up on the last post on the number of hate groups (such as […]

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