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Poorer, racially diverse neighborhoods more likely to lose health facilities, study finds

Poorer, racially diverse neighborhoods more likely to lose health facilities, study finds

Health
May 15 (UPI) -- Neighborhoods with high black and Hispanic or Latino populations are more likely to lose healthcare facilities, potentially making it more difficult to access care, a new study has found. In research published Friday by JAMA Network Open, the authors observed that these areas had a higher than 50 percent risk for experiencing a healthcare facility closure -- including hospitals, clinics and pharmacies -- than those with predominantly white populations. Similarly, regions with high levels of poverty, based on findings from the U.S. Census in 2000 and 2010, were 12 percent more likely to see needed health facilities close. "There is increasing evidence that racial and ethnic disparities in access to healthcare have been reduced for some subgroups after implementation of the...
Believing these Social Security myths could make you poorer in retirement

Believing these Social Security myths could make you poorer in retirement

Finance
If you're like many retirees, your Social Security checks will account for a large portion of your retirement income. But how well you understand the ins and outs of these benefits could make a big difference in how much you receive over your lifetime. To that point, 69 percent of baby boomers — a generation of individuals who are either in or approaching retirement — expect Social Security to be a "major" source of retirement income, according to a recent report from the Insured Retirement Institute. ...