Colorado Suffers From Huge Health Gap

Amanda WhelanJan 25, 20132 min read
In Colorado, a Latino baby is 63% more likely to die in the first year of life than a white baby. The mortality rate for black babies is more than 3 times the rate of white babies. The mortality rate for white babies in Colorado is lower than the national […]

Connecticut To Improve Mental Health Support in Public Schools

Amanda WhelanJan 23, 20132 min read
Since the Newtown shooting, the national discourse on mental health and treatment has been at the forefront of political interest. Connecticut is currently reviewing a chance to improve mental health policies in public schools. While President Obama is developing a plan to provide $15 million for training school teachers and […]

Anti-Trans Insurance Policies Banned in Oregon

Amanda WhelanJan 13, 20133 min read
It was announced on December 19, 2012 by the Oregon Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services that private health insurance companies could no longer discriminate against trans policy holders. Transgender advocates have been lauding the regulations, which prohibit denying coverage of hormone therapy, hysterectomies, mastectomies, and […]

Hobby Lobby Defies Court By Refusing to Cover Morning-After Pill

Amanda WhelanDec 31, 20122 min read
When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012, it required employers to provide insurance that covers emergency contraception. The craft store Hobby Lobby refuses cover the morning after pill, citing religious convictions. In an effort to prevent the $1.2 million daily fines they would be […]

Is your state the healthiest state in the US?

Amanda WhelanDec 31, 20122 min read
According to the United Health Foundation, 26.2% of Americans lead sedentary lives, but premature deaths and death caused by heart disease and cancer have been decreasing for the past twenty years. The report released in conjunction with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention found that the […]