Posts tagged "health insurance"

Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says

Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says
African Americans in Chicago suffer from high rates of HIV/AIDS, diabetes and hypertension, as well as childhood obesity and infant mortality. Because they’re disproportionately low-income, they are less likely to have health insurance, and even fewer have dental coverage, according to a fact sheet produced by chief medical officer of the Cook County Department of... Read more »

Poverty and depression: Which is the chicken and which is the egg?

Poverty and depression: Which is the chicken and which is the egg?
Are you sad because you’re poor or poor because you’re sad? We don’t really know. But a new Gallup Wellbeing report on chronic health problems shows that Americans living in poverty are nearly twice as likely to have been diagnosed with depression, and more likely to suffer from a host of other ailments — asthma,... Read more »

11 facts on how Chicago is doing with jobs, income, health and poverty

2011 may be so last year, but the facts about how we lived are just rolling in. Here are eleven about Chicago’s economy in 2011.    
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What's up this week: Pension pinch, special session called in Springfield, little expected out of it

What's up this week: Pension pinch, special session called in Springfield, little expected out of it
State lawmakers will convene in Springfield on Aug. 17 for a one-day special session called by Gov. Pat Quinn to persuade them to pass “comprehensive” pension reform legislation. Little is expected to come of the one-day session, though. Democrats likely don’t want to pass legislation that will upset unions and labor organizations–big campaign donors–during an... Read more »

Working barely hand to mouth: food industry workers face low wages, little advancement - report

Working barely hand to mouth: food industry workers face low wages, little advancement - report
If you had three meals today, count your blessings. The workers who got the food to your plate might not have been so lucky. The Food Chain Workers Alliance released a report this week that says 87 percent of workers in the food system–from farm hands to grocery store clerks to waiters–make low or poverty-level... Read more »

Mancession? Women still bear the brunt of U.S. poverty

Mancession? Women still bear the brunt of U.S. poverty
While many have called this decade’s economic downturn a “mancession,” because of how men have been hit by the crisis, women and children are still bearing the brunt of the nation’s poverty problem, census data show. The poverty rate among women was 14.5 percent in 2010, up from 13.9 percent in 2009. Like the nation’s... Read more »
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