mental illness

October 10, 2018

Climate change is a crisis for Louisiana

For years, scientists and policymakers have used a temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels as a target for the maximum rise in the global climate that Earth can sustain while limiting the catastrophic effects of climate change to the environment and to human populations.

Number of the Day

$18,142 - Average annual premium for a family health plan for the bottom 90 percent of income earners in 2016, including both employer and employee contributions. In 2016, health care premiums totaled 51.7 percent of average earnings for the bottom 90 percent, a 26.1 point increase over 1999. (Source: Economic Policy Institute)
September 18, 2018

Location and life expectancy in New Orleans

The average life expectancy in a region says a lot about the population’s overall health, and a new tool  developed by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a glimpse at life expectancy data down to the  Census tract level.

Number of the Day

634,000 - Estimated number of adults in Louisiana who have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. (Source: Nola.com/The Times Picayune)
September 12, 2018

A searing look at the ‘working poor’

Vanessa Solivan, of New Jersey, has three kids and a job she enjoys as a home health care aide. She also is sometimes forced to sleep in the back of her station wagon because the money she earns, along with the paltry government assistance she receives, isn’t enough to keep a roof over her family’s head.

Number of the Day

8.4 - Percentage of Louisianans without health insurance in 2017, down from 10.3 percent the previous year. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey)
September 11, 2018

Landry lawsuit threatens coverage protections

One of the most popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act is the protection it provides for people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination by health insurance companies.

Number of the Day

$48,000 - The annual income required for a family of four to break into the “middle class” of Louisiana. (Source: Pew Research Center)