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Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses for Medical Services, by Insurance Coverage, 2000-2014

Categories: Elderly,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st500/stat500.pdf

Examines spending on health insurance premiums including the percentage of persons with out-of-pocket payments among those with health expenses, the out-of-pocket payment as a percentage of a person’s expenses, and the average amount paid out of pocket per person. Also shows results for the elderly and non-elderly.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Graduation Rates for Selected Cohorts, 2007-2012; Student Financial Aid, Academic Year 2014-2015; and Admissions in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2015: First Look

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017084.pdf

Covers the per cent of students completing bachelor’s or equivalent degrees within 6 years of enrollment, the average cost of attendance and net price of attendance after financial aid, and the numbers of applications, acceptances, and enrollments. From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Spending Habits of Urban Consumers and “Blue Collar” Consumers Living in Urban Areas, 1984 and 2015.

Categories: Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-6/pdf/spending-habits-of-urban-consumers-and-blue-collar-consumers-living-in-urban-areas-1984

Compares spending and budget allocations of all urban consumers (CPI-U) with those of wage earners or clerical workers in urban areas (CPI-W).  Covers the differences in major spending categories and specific categories of general interest.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Snapshot of Older Consumers and Student Loan Debt

Categories: Education-Higher,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Prices/Inflation

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201701_cfpb_OA-Student-Loan-Snapshot.pdf

Describes the increasing student loan debt that older consumers are carrying and how the increased debt burden is affecting their financial security.  This trend is caused by borrowers carrying student loan repayment later in life and older people helping to finance their children’s and grandchildren’s college education.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Expenditures on Children by Families, 2015

Categories: Births/Deaths,Children,Headlines,Marriage/Family,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/expenditures_on_children_by_families/crc2015.pdf

AKA. The Cost of Raising a Child.  Estimates that families will spend an average of $233,610 to raise a child, born in 2015,  from birth to age 17.  Includes a range of expenditure levels, from

$174,600 for lower income families to $372,210 for higher income families.  Does not include the cost of a college education.  The annual report is used by states to determine child support and foster care guidelines.  From the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Problems Paying Medical Bills Among Persons Under Age 65: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2011 – June 2016

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

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/probs_paying_medical_bills_jan_2011_jun_2016.pdf

The percentage of persons in families having problems paying medical bills decreased from 21% to 16% or by 13 million following enactment of the Affordable Care Act.  There were similar decreases in families with children.  Covers selected demographic characteristics and insurance status.   From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

New American Housing Survey Statistics Provide Insight on U.S. Food Insecurity, Housing and Neighborhood Topics

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Housing/Homelessness,Population/Census,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-193.html

Press release with information on American households including, for the first time in the 42 year history of the American Housing Survey, information on food security status.  10.5 million households or 8.9% reported a lack of money to buy adequate amounts of food.  Also covers housing costs, home financing, home improvements, and neighborhood characteristics.  From the Census Bureau

 

Changes in America’s Public School Facilities: From School Year 1998-99 to School Year 2012-13

Categories: Education,Prices/Inflation,Public Works,Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016074.pdf

Summarizes changes in the average age of public schools, ratings of environmental quality of school facilities, repair and maintenance costs, and short-range plans for improving school facilities.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

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