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 […]

A letter to the Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

I was dismayed to read the recent Journal-Sentinel article on Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to dismantle the highly successful Wisconsin Family Care (WFC).  I have studied long term care and health care services for older and disabled younger adults for close to 35 years.  I can say without qualification that the WFC program is one […]

Rising Health Costs a Factor in Inequality

Inequality is frequently in the news. A new study puts an interesting spin on this now-familiar topic: rising health costs are a significant reason for wage inequality. The cost of employer-provided health insurance is a larger share of lower-paid employees’ total compensation than it is for the people higher up in the organization. Since insurance […]