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What We’re Reading - July 3rd, 2014

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
July 3, 2014
A rundown of the articles and stories that caught our eye this week:

Poor Health: Poverty and scarce resources in U.S. cities
"Hospitals and family doctors, the mainstays of health care, are pulling out of poor city neighborhoods, where the sickest populations live. A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of data from the largest U.S. metropolitan areas shows that people in poor neighborhoods are less healthy than their more affluent neighbors but more likely to live in areas with physician shortages and closed hospitals.

At a time when research shows that being poor is highly correlated with poor health, hospitals and doctors are following privately insured patients to more affluent areas rather than remaining anchored in communities with the greatest health care needs."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Illogic of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
“The [Burwell v. Hobby Lobby] ruling raises the question of why, uniquely in the industrialized world, Americans have for so long favored an arrangement in health insurance that endows their employers with the quasi-parental power to choose the options that employees may be granted in the market for health insurance.”
The Upshot via The New York Times, July 1, 2014

Social and Economic Benefits of Reliable Contraception
"Contraception extends well beyond a woman’s decision whether and when to conceive, and access to reliable family planning goes deeper than a woman’s personal wellbeing. It plays a pivotal role in the financial, physical and emotional health of children, and data suggest that effective contraception and positive social outcomes are mutually reinforcing. In the end, empowering women—regardless of socioeconomic status—with more options to control pregnancies has benefits for everyone."
The Atlantic, July 2, 2014

The Supreme Court Would Prefer People With Disabilities Receive Care from Disgruntled, Low-Wage, High-Turnover Workers
"With its decision in Harris, the Supreme Court has torpedoed a practical and equitable partnership. People with disabilities could receive the in-home personal assistance they need. The men and women who perform this important work could receive a fair day’s wage for the work they do. Now that arrangement—and the well-being of both groups—is in jeopardy."
New Republic, June 30, 2014

Further Reading on Harris v. Quinn: Supreme Court Rules Disadvantaged Workers Should Be Disadvantaged Some More from The American Prospect

Behind The Civil Rights Act: How it was made and what it means today
"It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Since then, the country’s demographics have shifted, and the conversations about race and culture have continued. In this project, journalists, lawyers and civil rights activists explore the historic legislation— pulling the language out of history and telling us how it’s relevant today."
NPR, July 2, 2014

Approach trauma as an urgent public health problem

"A new Plan of Chicago can both brighten the prospects for youth and interrupt the cycle of violence by fully addressing the impact of these traumatic events on our youth. There is need for a coordinated and concerted effort across the city to respond and treat youth who have been affected."
Chicago Tribune, June 3, 2014