This week two studies show the relation of poverty to access to health care. The first reports on a study about maternal morality in the U.S., where the rate increased, rising alongside poverty rates. In some U.S. cities poor black women are more apt to die in childbirth and from pregnancy-related conditions than in sub-Saharan Africa. States with expanded Medicaid may now alleviate this, but not states that did not expand Medicaid. Andrea Flynn details the situation in her article "Is Inequality Killing US Mothers?" posted by the Next New Deal on 1-14-15. LEARN MORE.

The second reports on adults who received Medicaid as children. Analysis shows they are more apt to attend college and to pay enough taxes as adults to help pay for the government investment in them as children. Margot Sanger-Katz reports on this in "How Medicaid for Children Recoups Much of Its Cost in the Long Run" published by The New York Times on 1-13-15.  LEARN MORE. The full 40-page working paper authored by DW Brown, AE Kowalski, and IZ Lurie "Medicaid as an Investment in Children:  What is the Long-Term Impact on Tax Receipts?" is available at the National Bureau of Economic Research issued in January, 2015. LEARN MORE

Posted on January 16, 2015 and filed under affordability, morbidity and mortality, Public good.