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Healthcare costs are three to five times higher for

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Unformatted text preview: Healthcare costs are three to five times higher for those 65 and older than those under 65. In addition, disease incidence varies across ethnic groups. Obesity, especially morbidly obese, in adults and children has increased and is associated with the downstream rise in chronic diseases. One in six children is now considered overweight or obese. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reported in 2011 that Colorado is the only state in the nation that has an overall obesity rate below 20%; however, the Colorado rate of obesity continues to climb, doubling since 1995. Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease, are the largest driver of healthcare costs and their prevalence is growing. Spending on chronic care conditions is estimated to drive 75% of all health spending in 2007. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) projects that by 2023 increases will be seen in selected chronic disease cases, including mental disorders and diabetes topping 50%....
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