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Births: Provisional Data for 2017

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics

The number of births in the U.S. during 2017 was 3.8 million, down 2% from 2016, and the lowest total in 30 years.  Births are shown by age, race and Hispanic origin of mother.  Also includes data on prenatal care, cesarean delivery, preterm births, and low birthweight.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Insurance and Access to Care in Urban and Rural Areas, 2014-2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Urban Issues

Uses three measures—percentage of people uninsured, percentage without a usual source of care, and percentage reporting unmet need for medical care/dental care/prescription drugs—to compare the quality of health care in rural and urban American areas.  Non-metro residents fared worse in the comparison.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs: A Summary of the 2018 Annual Reports

20+ page summary of the key findings on the current financial status of the Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds.  The two programs amounted to 42% of federal program expenditures in FY2017 and both programs are expected to experience cost growth in excess of GDP growth due to aging of the population.  From the Social Security Administration


Fact Sheet: Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report

Summarizes the annual financial review of Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.  Recent policy changes will result in less funding for the Part A Medicare Hospital Fund which will be insolvent by 2026  Social Security is solvent until 2034 under current policies.  Includes links to full text of the Medicare and Social Security reports.  From the Treasury Department


National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers Report

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Mental Health

Reports the results of a conference held in October 2017.  Offers national research recommendations on care and services for persons with dementia and their families.  From the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services


Employment Outlook for Bachelor’s-Level Occupations

Covers selected occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree with information about typical wages and projected openings.  Covers nine broad career fields including business, teaching, financial, social services, healthcare services, and information technology.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Declines in Births to Females Aged 10-14 in the United States, 2000-2016

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women,Youth

The birth rate for teen mothers declined 57% in the U.S. from 2000 through 2016.  Birth rates for mothers aged 10-14 reached a record low in 2015 and remained at that level in 2016.  From the  National Center for Health Statistics


Asian-American Mothers: Demographic Characteristics by Maternal Place of Birth and Asian Subgroup, 2016

Categories: Asian Americans,Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women

Provides demographic information about Asian-American women who gave birth in the U.S. in 2016.  Covers six subgroups: Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese, whether they were born in the U.S. or abroad.  Finds that 6.4% of U.S. births in 2016 were to non-Hispanic Asian women.   From the National Center for Health Statistics


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