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The United States Can Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities By Focusing On Chronic Diseases
By Kenneth Thorpe, Kathy Ko Chin, Yanira Cruz, Marjorie A. Innocent, and Lillian Singh   Health Affairs Blog 8/17/17   “It is natural to ask whether rising gaps in income might be associated with widening gaps in health and longevity between rich and poor Americans,
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Aug 17,2017
Bringing Exercise Into the Discussion on Mental Health
By Helen DurkinRealClear HealthChronic mental health conditions are increasingly prevalent across the United States. That’s the take-away finding of a recent study commissioned by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD). 17 percent of adults in the U.S. are
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Jul 28,2017
Chronic Disease Legislation Critical for Path Forward in Health Care
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2017) The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) today made the following statement on H.R. 3168 and H.R. 3178, “Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017”
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Jul 18,2017
Chronic Conditions in America: Price and Prevalence
By Doug Irving7/12/17One issue—one health care issue, no less—has brought together a small alliance of congressional Democrats and Republicans in recent years: the need to better help people with chronic health conditions.A new RAND study shows why, and adds a note of urgency to the
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Jul 13,2017
Goodnow offers thoughts on fixing American health care
By John Goodnow7/10/2017The No. 1 American health care problem is the cost of American health care and the lack of affordability for Americans....As reported in Becker’s Hospital Review, 41 percent of health care spending is attributed to 12 percent of Americans, according to a new study. U.S
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Jul 11,2017
Rising cost of chronic mental health conditions could hit $3.5 trillion by 2030
By John Breslin7/10/2017Chronic mental health problems could cost the U.S. up to $3.5 trillion by 2030, and there is a close connection with many other conditions, according to a patient advocacy group.And the biggest burden falls on the states, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease said,
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Jul 11,2017
Rising Chronic Disease Rates Portend Unsustainable Costs
By Kenneth E. Thorpe 6/20/2017   Twelve percent of Americans suffer from five or more chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. This fraction of the population accounts for 41 percent of total health care spending.     That
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Jun 20,2017
Neglecting mental health services is bankrupting our healthcare system
By Kenneth E. Thorpe 5/16/2017   President Trump and Republican congressional leaders justifiably want to curb the alarming growth in government healthcare spending. Their proposed solution? Cut $880 billion in federal funds from Medicaid over the next ten years.   Their plan
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May 16,2017
Medicaid’s Role in Behavioral Health - Infographic
From Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation 5/5/17   Behavioral health conditions, which include both mental illnesses and addictions, aect a substantial portion of the US population, including many people with Medicaid. Many behavioral health providers do not take any type of insurance,
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May 9,2017
Chronic Mental Health Conditions Could Cost States up to $3.5 Trillion
Chronic Mental Health Conditions Could Cost States up to $3.5 Trillion   Challenges are many, but opportunities abound for reforms that would bring better overall health, greater savings through access to quality care   Washington, D.C.  (April 26, 2017) A recent
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Apr 26,2017

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