Mental Health Expenditures in Florida: Concerning Trends Throughout the Past Decade

By Kacey Heekin (2016) Introduction Florida’s mental health system has remained significantly and chronically underfunded. Mental health expenditures across the United States have been relatively minimal in comparison to the prevalence of mental illness (according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], approximately 18.5% of adults in the U.S. currently experience any […]

From Retirement Security to Retirement Insecurity

One of the main achievements of American society over the last 100 years is the system of public and private benefits that have made it possible for most Americans to enjoy a comfortable retirement after decades of employment. Trends, however, in the U.S. economy and in private pension plans and the increasing costs of health […]

No Country for Old Age

The devaluation of aging and the elderly over the last several decades are directly tied to the emergence of the neoliberal political economy since the 1970s and the associated moral culture which places almost sole responsibility on the individual for her own economic, social and emotional well-being and strives to make collective efforts through the […]

As Seniors Get Sicker, They’re More Likely To Drop Medicare Advantage Plans

Medicare Advantage has become increasingly popular among beneficiaries, but the program is not perfect and the issue (care for seriously sick beneficiaries) described in this article is one that should concern policy makers and the public.  When Sol Shipotow enrolled in a new Medicare Advantage health plan earlier this year, he expected to keep the […]

U.S. life expectancy declines again, a dismal trend not seen since World War I

Declining life expectancy is a trend we associate with the collapse of the Soviet Union or the flu epidemic of 1918-1920, not the U.S. in the 21st century. Life expectancy in the United States, however, has declined for 3 straight years through 2017, creating a public health crisis that needs to be far better understood […]