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The ACA and U.S. Neonatal Mortality Rate

In light of the recent ambiguous rulings toward the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Circuit Courts, this contributor decided to write about implications for Maternal and Child Health. Neonatal mortality, defined as deaths <28 days of age per 1,000 live births, is the focus of a study published in August by […]

The “individual mandate” and health reform: small steps, big challenges

Here on campus, many of us have spent the past few weeks cramming. Cramming for an epidemiology final. Cramming one more get-together with friends on an impossibly full calendar. Maybe cramming one more piece of turkey onto a plate piled high with holiday food.  We missed a lot of things during these past few weeks […]

NYT poll: nearly half of unemployed do not have health insurance

Nearly  half of the unemployed Americans surveyed in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll indicate that they do not have health insurance. The survey, conducted in December via telephone interview, sampled 1,650 U.S. adults, 708 of whom are unemployed.  Of  those, more than half “have cut back on doctor visits or medical treatments,” 25% […]