Category Archives: Health Care

US suicide rates increase from 1999-2016

Deborah M. Stone, Thomas R. Simon, Katherine A. Fowler, Scott R. Kegler, Keming Yuan, Kristin M. Holland, Asha Z. Ivey-Stephenson, Alex E. Crosby. Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates — United States, 1999–2016 and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide — 27 States, 2015 MMWR Weekly / June 8, 2018 / 67(22);617–624

Introduction: Suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30% since 1999, and mental health conditions are one of several factors contributing to suicide. Examining state-level trends in suicide and the multiple circumstances contributing to it can inform comprehensive state suicide prevention planning.

Methods: Trends in age-adjusted suicide rates among persons aged ≥10 years, by state and sex, across six consecutive 3-year periods (1999–2016), were assessed using data from the National Vital Statistics System for 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data from the National Violent Death Reporting System, covering 27 states in 2015, were used to examine contributing circumstances among decedents with and without known mental health conditions.

Results: During 1999–2016, suicide rates increased significantly in 44 states, with 25 states experiencing increases >30%. Rates increased significantly among males and females in 34 and 43 states, respectively. Fifty-four percent of decedents in 27 states in 2015 did not have a known mental health condition. Among decedents with available information, several circumstances were significantly more likely among those without known mental health conditions than among those with mental health conditions, including relationship problems/loss (45.1% versus 39.6%), life stressors (50.5% versus 47.2%), and recent/impending crises (32.9% versus 26.0%), but these circumstances were common across groups.

Conclusions: Suicide rates increased significantly across most states during 1999–2016. Various circumstances contributed to suicides among persons with and without known mental health conditions.

Implications for Public Health Practice: States can use a comprehensive evidence-based public health approach to prevent suicide risk before it occurs, identify and support persons at risk, prevent reattempts, and help friends and family members in the aftermath of a suicide.

Hyde Amendment Necessary for Obamacare Reform

“The Hyde amendment is about how taxpayer dollars are used, that is, it represents an exercise of taxpayers’ conscience, but most importantly it saves lives. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, this amendment has saved over 2 million lives since 1976, when it was first enacted to prevent Medicaid funding for abortion.” click here

Little Sisters of the Poor under siege again, this time from California, Pennsylvania

“Lawsuits by the states of California and Pennsylvania against the Trump administration’s new religious liberty rule have sent the Little Sisters of the Poor back into court to defend their right to adhere to their faith beliefs.” click here

Congress Has Failed to Bring Obamacare Relief

“Many physicians are applauding President Donald Trump’s decision to move forward on bringing free-market health care to the nation as former President Barack Obama’s signature reform continues to implode.” click here

Mr. Chris Van Hollen Lives in an Alternative Universe on Obamacare

Mr. Van Hollen has cadillac health care. Blinded by his own affluence, he sees no problem with  Obamacare, 

“On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) argued that while Obamacare isn’t perfect, it isn’t hurting people.” click here

Congress responsible for failing health care programs

Mr. John McCain, Ms. Susan Collins, and Ms. Lisa Murkowski have their cadillac health care paid for by US citizens. 

“President Trump took to Twitter Monday to ask why insurance companies and Congress are not being hurt by the failings of Obamacare just as the American people are being hit.” click here

Americans Cancel, Terminate Obamacare Coverage

“On Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published two reports detailing that nearly two million Americans had not paid their insurance premiums to maintain health insurance coverage.” click here