Why health inequity is behind the US’s drop in life expectancy

– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the average life expectancy in the US has dropped for the second year in a row, a trend that largely impacts the poor and middle class. This author argues that we should be addressing growing health inequity. (Vox, 1/9)

So when we talk about life expectancy slipping, what we should also talk about is the growing problem of health inequality in America. And it’s an increasingly urgent discussion, health researchers are warning, because of policy changes on the horizon that are poised to make the mortality gap even wider.

Some of these policies will hamper access to medical care (such as failing to fund CHIP, the health insurance program for low-income children) but others that aren’t even directly related to health care — like tax cuts — may have even more insidious effects on the American mortality gap.

– Maryland Lawmakers Propose Reinstating Health Insurance Mandate — With A Twist (WAMU, 1/9)

PUBLIC SAFETY/LGBTQ | A Virginia delegate has proposed legislation that would prohibit the state’s healthcare providers from using conversion therapy on children under 18. This will be the third time similar legislation has been introduced in this state. (Arlnow, 1/9)

IMMIGRATION | A federal judge has temporarily blocked the administration’s decision to end DACA. (NPR, 1/10)

ECONOMY20 years ago, Discovery helped save Silver Spring. What happens now that it’s leaving? (GGW, 1/9)

TRANSPORTATION | Over the last few months, DC residents have complained about the numerous dockless bikes that have been released around the city, but are these bikes helping to diversify DC’s cyclists? (CityLab, 1/9)

CRIMINAL JUSTICEVirginia’s female prison population climbing faster than males’ population (Richmond Times, 1/9)

Did you see that video of the woman preparing a meal by using her mouth instead of utensils? Well, here’s the explanation we needed. 

– Kendra