How the pandemic is widening the financial health gap

Over two-thirds of Americans are financially unhealthy, with millions facing “extreme financial hardship,” according to the U.S. Financial Health Pulse Trends Report, released today. And as the stock market continues to strengthen, the average American is still struggling, with unemployment rates still far above pre-pandemic highs and another round of coronavirus stimulus seemingly far off. 


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“50 years ago, when wealth was more evenly distributed, the stock market fluctuations and performance might have been more reflective of how real people were faring. But given the significant disparities in wealth and the fact that a significant percentage of Americans don’t actually own any stock, it really doesn’t tell us very much.” Jennifer Tescher, president and CEO of the Financial Health Network, said. “This study really gives a picture of what people’s real financial lives look like.”

Though the study showed that 33% of Americans—4% more than in 2019—are financially healthy,

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Bridging the Gap Between Medical and Pharmacy Benefits

While these figures provide a broad picture of what is happening in health care spending, it is important to drill down to the individual patient to understand what these rising costs mean to patient care. The underlying concern is that as the cost of care continues to escalate, barriers to quality care will increase accordingly, especially for patients with complex conditions. A major barrier obstructing access to care for many of these patients is the disconnect between medical benefits and pharmacy benefits. These 2 entities, which are critical to the health and welfare of the patient, operate independently with virtually no collaboration on behalf of the patient. Unless we start to think about medical and pharmacy benefits in a new way that puts patients’ needs first, population groups that are already underserved could have even more difficulty accessing care as costs increase.

Silos Inhibit Quality Care

There are inherent conflicts

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and IMPACT DC Partner on Bridging Health Disparities Gap

AAFA, IMPACT DC team up with a focus on expanding nationwide community health programming

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Image courtesy IMPACT DC
Image courtesy IMPACT DC

Washington D.C., Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the United States, the burden of asthma falls disproportionately on poor, low-wealth, and minority populations. Decades of research and public health data show stark disparities in asthma prevalence, mortality and health care utilization along socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic lines with Black, Hispanic and Indigenous Americans under the heaviest burden. This was once again demonstrated in the comprehensive report Asthma Disparities in America: A Roadmap to Reducing Burden on Racial and Ethnic Minorities issued by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

The problem can’t be solved alone. That’s why AAFA and the Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia (IMPACT DC) Asthma Clinic at Children’s National Hospital are coming together to lead a national collaborative dedicated

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Trump’s other coronavirus complication: His credibility gap

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released last month found that just 40 percent of Americans trust Trump to provide “reliable information on coronavirus,” and only 36 percent of respondents this summer deemed the president “honest and trustworthy” — which was actually an improvement from last year’s mark of 34 percent, according to Gallup’s long-running poll.

“My initial instinct was he’s lying about this diagnosis,” said Rebekah Nagler, a University of Minnesota professor who has a forthcoming paper that addresses Trump’s conflicting claims on coronavirus. “And I don’t think I’m the only person who felt that way,” Nagler said, hastening to add she no longer doubted he had actually come down with the disease.

Since revealing his diagnosis early on Friday, Trump has tweeted just twice — first, a short video to indicate he’s healthy, and then an upbeat “Going well, I think!” late Friday night. The information flow

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Female-backed health startups can bridge the gap in women’s health.

  • Women make up the majority of the population and of household healthcare decisions — but life science research and standard medical practice remains based on men.
  • Health issues that affect women differently, disproportionately, or exclusively often remain underfunded and invisible. 
  • Female-backed health ventures focused on women’s health can help bridge this gap. 
  • Eva Epker is the Director of Marketing at Avestria Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in women’s health and female-led life science companies
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Articles about women’s health usually start the same way: an otherwise perfectly healthy woman is in pain. After several visits and tests, her (typically male) doctors can’t find the cause. 

Later, the woman learns that she has polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, or maybe she even had a heart attack. But symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments

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An Initiative In Baltimore Aims To Close The Neuroscience Research Gap : Shots

African Americans and other under-represented minorities make up only about 5% of the people in research studies

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Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families.

His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the ones who’d been committed to psychiatric hospitals, or “went missing” and were discovered in an alleyway.

Dzirasa decided to dedicate his career to “figuring out how to make science relevant to ultimately help my own family.”

He became a psychiatrist and researcher at Duke University and began to study the links between genes and brain disorders.

Then Dzirasa realized something: “I was studying genes that were specifically related to illness

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