Widely Published Observations about Health Disparities 50 Years After the Death of Martin Luther King

“Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman,” observed Martin Luther King in 1966. An article published in the Washington Post and more than 150 other news outlets marking the 50th anniversary of King’s death included observations about continuing health disparities across the U.S.

New Book on Social and Structural Determinants of Health, Health Equity, and Systems of Care for Underserved Populations

Essentials of Health Justice, published on April 4 by Jones and Bartlett Learning, examines the social and structural determinants of health, health equity, social justice, health policy, and systems of care for underserved populations.

Hundreds of Thousands of Kentucky Residents Could Lose Medicaid under the Work Demonstration Project Approved by the Trump Administration

In January of 2018, 15 Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the federal government’s legal authority to launch Medicaid work demonstrations and its approval of Kentucky’s Medicaid work demonstration, the first in the nation. The lawsuit (Stewart v. Azar) seeks to block the implementation of Medicaid work demonstrations because they are contrary to law and pose major health risks for the poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

GAO Report: HHS Needs Better Information to Assess Impact of Federal Programs on the Physician Workforce

In 2015, the federal government spent $14.5 billion to fund graduate medical education training for physicians. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was responsible for 90 percent of this spending. A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends information that the agency can collect to aid in determining whether the programs are helping to ensure that enough doctors with specialties that people need will be in the places where our country needs them.