Studies show people would rather go to the gym or pay taxes than pick a health insurance plan. And experts say that’s a problem for policymakers trying to improve the health of the population and ensure that the expansion of insurance coverage under the federal health law does more than give a lot of people new insurance cards.
The story in charts: Who still smokes?
Smoking is down significantly across the country, and the rate is even lower in Connecticut. But the overall picture masks significant disparities in who the remaining smokers are.
Study: Black women twice as likely to be re-hospitalized after childbirth
Black women in Connecticut were twice as likely as white women to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of childbirth, and Hispanic women were nearly 50 percent more likely than whites to be readmitted, according to a study published this month in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Survey says: CT kids are healthy, adults say they’re healthy, but gaps persist
The vast majority of Connecticut adults say their health is good, very good or excellent, even though nearly half have diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease or cancer. And on many health measures, blacks and Hispanics fare far worse than their white counterparts. The results are part of a survey of state residents funded by six foundations.