Here are some of the top healthcare and disability headlines for August 10–17.
Hillary Clinton Wants to Improve Social Security Benefits for Women, Low-Income Seniors
According to a questionnaire submitted to the AFL-CIO, Hillary Clinton wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and low-income seniors by “enhancing [the program] to meet new realities.” Clinton also mentioned she would consider raising the cap on the amount of earnings taxable for Social Security. The Democratic presidential candidate is expected to expand on her proposed policies later this year. Read More
A Shocking Number of Adults Suffer From Chronic Pain
It’s estimated that nearly 25 million U.S. adults suffer from pain on a daily basis, and 40 million adults suffer from severe levels of pain, though on a less frequent basis. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits all approach to treating chronic pain. Prescription painkillers, yoga, and other alternative treatments have all been used, but different methods work better for some people than others. Additionally, one-third to three-quarters of people with chronic pain also experience moderate to severe depression. Read More
Yelp Posting Info on Docs and Hospitals, Alongside Your Favorite Restaurant
Yelp has partnered with ProPublica to gather government data on healthcare providers. The data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be broken down into categories to give users information about their local hospitals, nursing homes, health clinics, and other care providers. While the data is already publicly available, integrating the information with Yelp will make it more accessible and user friendly. Read More