Black and Hispanic Adults with Fair or Poor Mental Health Are Less Likely Than White Adults to Say They Received Mental Health Services, Reflecting Cost Concerns and Other Barriers to Care
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3d ago
A new KFF analysis of our 2023 Survey of Racism, Discrimination, and Health finds that Black (39%) and Hispanic (36%) adults who report fair or poor mental health are less likely than White (50%) adults to say they received mental health services in the past three years. Such disparities reflect several barriers to mental health…More ..read more
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A Look at the Latest Alcohol Death Data and Change Over the Last Decade
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3d ago
A KFF analysis of the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the national alcohol death rate has risen 70% in the past decade, accounting for 51,191 deaths in 2022 -- up from 27,762 deaths in 2012. The analysis has state-level data showing considerable variation in alcohol death rates across states. Deaths rose sharply during the pandemic, with the steepest increases among adults aged 26 to 44, American Indian and Alaska Native people, and females—all groups that experienced close to, or more than, a 100% rise in alcohol mortality rates since 2012 ..read more
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Utilization of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline’s LGBTQ Service
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3d ago
This analysis examines performance metrics to assess utilization of 988’s LGBTQ service (which SAMHSA refers to as the LGBTQI+ subnetwork), compared to usage of 988’s main service, from December 2023 to March 2024 (the most current and comprehensive data available). It finds high demand for the specialty services but also certain challenges (e.g. higher call abandonment rates and longer call wait times than for the main 988 service ..read more
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In 2024, A Majority of States Offer Medicare Advantage Plans to Their State Retirees, with 12 Offering Medicare Advantage Exclusively
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4d ago
This analysis examines the extent to which states are providing health benefits to their Medicare-eligible retirees through Medicare Advantage arrangements. In 2024, a majority of states offer Medicare Advantage plans to their state retirees, with 12 offering Medicare Advantage exclusively ..read more
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How Many Older Adults Live in Poverty?
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4d ago
To provide context for understanding the financial needs and well-being of older adults, this brief analyzes the latest data on poverty rates among the 58 million non-institutionalized adults ages 65 and older in the U.S overall, based on both the official poverty measure and the Supplemental Poverty Measure ..read more
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The U.S. and the International Health Regulations: Implications of an Amended Agreement
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4d ago
This brief reviews the proposed revisions to the World Health Organization-based agreement known as the International Health Regulations (IHR), and the implications for the U.S. WHO member states are expected to adopt the revised IHR at the World Health Assembly meeting this year. The U.S. government has been a leading proponent of many of the expected revisions to the IHR. In this analysis we also evaluate some of the criticisms of the revisions to the IHR ..read more
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In 45 States, Fewer Than Half of Nursing Facilities Have Enough Staff to Meet New Federal Requirements
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5d ago
In 45 states, fewer than half of nursing facilities currently meet all three staffing minimums required in the final federal rule that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released in April, and in 28 states, less than a quarter do, according to a new KFF analysis. The share of facilities that meet these…More ..read more
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Who is at Risk Amid the H5N1 Influenza Outbreak? Characteristics and Health Coverage of Animal Production Workers
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5d ago
This analysis uses data on “animal production workers” from the 2022 American Community Survey to examine characteristics of workers who may be at risk for exposure to H5N1 avian influenza, which has been found in dairy cattle herds in nine U.S. states as of May 14, 2024. The analysis compares characteristics of these workers to all U.S. workers, to all workers in the H5N1-affected states, and draws out some implications. Among the findings are that animal production workers are more likely than workers overall to be Hispanic and noncitizen immigrants, as well as to be uninsured ..read more
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A Closer Look at the Final Nursing Facility Rule and Which Facilities Might Meet New Staffing Requirements
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5d ago
This analysis discusses the provisions of the final rule, including changes made by the Administration from the proposed rule, and examines the percentage and characteristics of nursing facilities that currently meet the minimum staffing requirements in the final rule, which takes effect beginning in May 2026 for some facilities ..read more
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Language Barriers in Health Care: Findings from the KFF Survey on Racism, Discrimination, and Health
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1w ago
In the U.S., 26 million people have limited English proficiency, representing about 8% of people ages 5 and older. Those with limited English proficiency report worse overall health status than those who are English proficient, but data suggests that having access to providers who speak their preferred language may help these disparities and can improve health care experiences ..read more
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