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Unformatted text preview: PS 374 (Fall 2009) 1 Day Eleven -- a bit of health -- a bit of climate change H.R. 3200: Sec 246 states, NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0909/ Wilson_campaign_Fundraising_breaks_1_milli on_passes_Miller.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxHKSHvMRWE&feature=related PS 374 (Fall 2009) 2 Day Eleven -- a bit of health -- a bit of climate change Wilper, A. P., S. Woolhandler, et al. (2009). "Health Insurance and Mortality in US Adults." Am J Public Health: AJPH.2008.157685. Objectives. A 1993 study found a 25% higher risk of death among uninsured compared with privately insured adults. We analyzed the relationship between uninsurance and death with more recent data. Methods. We conducted a survival analysis with data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. We analyzed participants aged 17 to 64 years to determine whether uninsurance at the time of interview predicted death. Results. Among all participants, 3.1% (95% confidence interval [CI]=2.5%, 3.7%) died. The hazard ratio for mortality among the uninsured compared with the insured, with adjustment for age and gender only, was 1.80 (95% CI=1.44, 2.26). After additional adjustment for race/ethnicity, income, education, self- and physician-rated health status, body mass index, leisure exercise, smoking, and regular alcohol use, the uninsured were more likely to die (hazard ratio=1.40; 95% CI=1.06, 1.84) than those with insurance. Conclusions. Uninsurance is associated with mortality. The strength of that association appears similar to that from a study that evaluated data from the mid- 1980s, despite changes in medical therapeutics and the demography of the uninsured since that time. PS 374 (Fall 2009)...
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This note was uploaded on 06/22/2011 for the course POLI 374 taught by Professor Tompkins during the Fall '09 term at South Carolina.
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