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HHS 2015 Poverty Guidelines

 2015 Poverty Guidelines – U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines Used to Determine Financial Eligibility for Certain Federal Programs

Prior Poverty Guidelines and Federal Register References Since 1982 ]
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ]
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Natural Breakdown of Petroleum Results in Arsenic Mobilization in Groundwater

“Changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons in groundwater promote mobilization of naturally occurring arsenic from aquifer sediments into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant and overlooked arsenic groundwater contamination. Arsenic is a toxin and carcinogen linked to numerous forms of skin, bladder, and lung cancer. Of particular concernContinue Reading

DoD Releases 2013 Annual Report on Suicide

“…the Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2013 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members. The DoDSER also includes detailed assessments of demographic information, behavioral health history, and deployment history for each suicide event. This comprehensive information informs DoD senior leaders as theyContinue Reading

HHS OIG – Federal Marketplace: Inadequacies in Contract Planning and Procurement

Report (OEI-03-14-00230) 01-20-2015 Federal Marketplace: Inadequacies in Contract Planning and Procurement WHY WE DID THIS STUDY: “The Federal Marketplace at was designed to enable millions of Americans to select health insurance in a “one-stop shop” environment. A project of this magnitude and complexity required the development, integration, and operation of multiple information technology (IT)Continue Reading

Immunologist argues that the world is making us sick

The chemicals in our everyday lives are, argues immunologist Claudia Miller, by Jill Neimark “Claudia Miller has spent 30 years hammering out a theory to explain the contemporary surge in perplexing, multi-symptom illnesses—from autism to Gulf War Syndrome—which represent a Kuhnian shift in medicine. She calls her theory “TILT,” short for Toxicant Induced Loss ofContinue Reading

Low Income Students Now a Majority in Public Schools

Southern Education Foundation: A New Majority – Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation’s Public Schools, January, 2015. “Low income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools, according to this research bulletin. The latest data collected from the states by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), show that 51 percentContinue Reading

Implications of a Supreme Court Finding for the Plaintiff in King vs. Burwell

Urban Institute – Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan. The Implications of a Supreme Court Finding for the Plaintiff in King vs. Burwell: 8.2 Million More Uninsured and 35% Higher Premiums, January 8, 2015. “The Supreme Court will hear the King v. Burwell case, in which the plaintiff argues that the ACA prohibits payment of premium taxContinue Reading

Social Media and the Cost of Caring

“For generations, commentators have worried about the impact of technology on people’s stress. Trains and industrial machinery were seen as noisy disruptors of pastoral village life that put people on edge. Telephones interrupted quiet times in homes. Watches and clocks added to the de-humanizing time pressures on factory workers to be productive. Radio and televisionContinue Reading

2013 Drug Overdose Mortality Data Announced

Prescription Opioid Deaths Level; Heroin-related Deaths Rise – [January 13, 2015] the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is announcing the 2013 drug overdose mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data show that drug deaths related to prescription opioids have remained stable since 2012, but the mortalityContinue Reading

Johnson & Johnson Announces Clinical Trial Data Sharing Agreement With Yale School of Medicine

News release: “Johnson & Johnson today announced that its subsidiary, Janssen Research and Development, LLC, has entered into a novel agreement with Yale School of Medicine’s Open Data Access (YODA) Project that will extend its commitment to sharing clinical trials data to enhance public health and advance science and medicine.  Under the agreement, YODA willContinue Reading

Rising Cost of Living Longer” Details Medicare Spending by Age

“A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation takes a detailed look at per person Medicare spending by age and by service among the nearly 30 million people covered by traditional Medicare in 2011. This analysis examines the relationship between Medicare per person spending and advancing age, providing new data to inform ongoing federal budgetContinue Reading

OECD Public Data is in Beta

Find, compare and share the latest OECD data:charts, maps, tables and related publications’. Start with one or two short search terms, then refine your results by adding more words. Catalogue of OECD databases or Browse by Topic or Country Agriculture Agricultural land, Agricultural output, Agricultural policy, Fisheries DevelopmentDevelopment resource flows, Official development assistance (ODA) Economy Corporate, Domestic product, Foreign directContinue Reading