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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Use of the Annual Appropriation Process to Block Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (FY2011-FY2016)

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44100.pdf

Discusses the revisions made by legislative opponents of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare to the annual appropriations process in an effort to defund, delay, or weaken the act. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2015 Edition

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1955981/eib146.pdf

Finds that 99% of farms are family farms, and they account for 90% of farm production but cover only 46% of the nation’s farmland. Covers farms, farm operators, financial performance, government payments, and farm owner wealth. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Health Expenditures for Adults by Number of Treated Chronic Conditions, Race/Ethnicity, and Age, 2012

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st485/stat485.pdf

Finds that an estimated 25.9% of U.S. adults have two or more chronic conditions, and they account for 57% of all health care expenditures. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Discovered Off Alaska’s Arctic Coast

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,History,Science/Technology

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2016/010616-remains-of-lost-1800s-whaling-fleet-discovered-off-alaskas-arctic-coast.html

Press release on the discovery of two whaling ships which were among a fleet of 33 ships which were trapped and crushed in ice in September 1871. Global warming is credited with making the discovery of the ships possible. Also describes the rescue of the trapped sailors and the import of the event. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/

The 8th edition of the guidelines, revised every five years, which serves as the basis for healthy approaches to school lunches and other federal sponsored food programs. Includes a section on how the guidelines were developed, 15 appendices, and 19 statistical tables.  From the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services