Marital Quality and Cognitive Limitations in Late Life

Abstract Objectives. Identifying factors associated with cognitive limitations among older adults has become a major public health objective. Given the importance of marital relationships for older adults’ health, this study examines the association between marital quality and change in cognitive limitations in late life, directionality of the relationship between marital quality and cognitive limitations, and […]

Hikes In Employees’ Health Premiums To Outpace Raises Again

Large employers expect health costs to continue rising by about 6 percent in 2017, a moderate increase compared with historical trends that nevertheless far outpaces growth in the economy, two new surveys show. “These cost increases, while stable, are both unsustainable and unacceptable,” said Brian Marcotte, CEO of the National Business Group on Health, a […]

All Hollowed Out – The lonely poverty of America’s white working class

For the last several months, social scientists have been debating the striking findings of a study by the economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton.* Between 1998 and 2013, Case and Deaton argue, white Americans across multiple age groups experienced large spikes in suicide and fatalities related to alcohol and drug abuse—spikes that were so large […]

A Pig in a Poke

In the fall of 2015 the Department of Health Services (DHS) held public hearings regarding the redesign of Medicaid long-term care programs, Family Care and IRIS (self-directed care). At the Milwaukee hearing on October 6, 2015 Tom Lutzow, CEO of ICare testified that he had received an email regarding an upcoming meeting of national insurance […]