Poverty and the Health Care System

In America, your life expectancy is seven years shorter if you’re born into a family living beneath the poverty line. And, if you’re born into poverty and are uninsured, chances are you’ll live an even shorter life. Host Melinda Penkava speaks with Dr. Nortin Hadler, professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Chris Conover, professor of public policy at Duke, about the epidemiology of poverty, health insurance and wellness. Listener Call-In. (54:00)

Commentary: Leza Wainwright, deputy director of the North Carolina Department of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, offers a commentary on the proposed change to the mental health services that are provided and delivered to children and families of North Carolina. (5:00)

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