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CNBC’s Larry Kudlow breaks down the new healthcare bill

CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow joins the show to talk about today’s deliberations over the new healthcare bill. “You have to separate the healthy from the sick,” Kudlow said. “The government, I think, has a responsibility to take care of the sick.”

“In a private exchange situation, just let the government finance the insurance for the so-called pre-existing people,” Kudlow said. “It’s simple.”

Study: Wide health disparities in Chicago’s neighborhoods

CHICAGO (AP) — A hospital system’s study of Chicago neighborhoods finds wide health disparities, including with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Sinai Urban Health Institute released a survey Thursday drawing upon responses from roughly 2,000 residents in nine Chicago neighborhoods.

Roughly 7 percent of U.S. adults experience PTSD during their lifetimes. However, residents in some Chicago neighborhoods report PTSD symptoms at more than four times that rate. The report says 34 percent of Puerto Ricans reported symptoms, followed by 20 percent of blacks.

The study also shows 25 percent of blacks report having unmet dental care needs compared with 13 percent of whites. In Gage Park on Chicago’s southwest side, about 37 percent of adults had unmet dental care needs.

The survey was funded with a $1 million grant from The Chicago Community Trust.

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Cancer death rates declining in Cook County, study finds

(CHICAGO) The likelihood that a cancer diagnosis will lead to death has dropped significantly both in Cook County and across the nation during the past three decades, according to the findings of a new county-by-county study.

Between 1980 and 2014, the overall cancer death rate in Cook County dropped by about 24 percent, compared with a national decrease of about 20 percent, according to the study published this week online in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

A total of about 19.5 million cancer deaths were recorded in the United States between 1980 and 2014, with lung cancer being the biggest killer, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Smoking continues to take its toll in Cook County, although less so than in other parts of the country. Cook County’s lung cancer mortality rate dropped by 26 percent, compared with 21 percent nationally, the study found.

When it comes to pancreatic cancer, Cook County’s mortality rates dipped by 6.1 percent, compared with a 1.9 percent national average.

The study found that cancer death rates varied widely from county to county. In 1980, the overall lowest mortality rate occurred in Summit County, Colorado, with 130.6 deaths per 100,000 people. The highest rate for that year was 386.9 in North Slope Borough, Alaska. In 2014, the lowest mortality rate continued to be in Summit County, with 70.7 deaths per 100,000 people. While Union County had the overall highest mortality rate, with 503 deaths per 100,000. In Cook County, 197 people out of 100,000 died from cancer in 2014.

“This variation in cancer is at least partially explained by differences in risk factors, socioeconomic factors and access to high-quality treatment,” according to the study authors.

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Illinois health care centers to get $4.9M in federal grants

CHICAGO (AP) — Four Illinois community health centers are receiving a combined $4.9 million in federal grants to provide services in areas where there are barriers to affordable, quality health care.

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth said Thursday the Department of Health and Human Services grants will go to centers in Cook, Lake and Peoria counties.

They include the Lake County Health Department, Heartland Community Health Clinic and Asian Human Services Family Health Center, Inc.

Duckworth says the centers are “vital to the health of our state.” She says the money will help them meet health care needs for Illinois residents, especially in low-income or underserved communities.

Durbin says community health centers provide care to more than 1 million Illinois residents annually.

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