Apr 4, 2019

Study: Lack of affordable housing becomes a health burden

Most large U.S. cities have a shortage of affordable housing, and that has a ripple effect on low-income families' health, Curbed reports, citing a new study that adds to the growing focus on social determinants of health.

Details: "Half of renters surveyed delayed health care because they couldn't afford it, and 100 percent of medical professionals surveyed said they had dealt with patients in the past who expressed concerns and anxiety about affordable housing."

  • "When these doctors and nurses advised patients to reduce stress, [92%] said financial issues were their biggest stress trigger."

What's next: A handful of state Medicaid programs and health systems have both recognized this link, and are steering some of their health care dollars toward affordable housing.

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Trump administration backs Oracle in Google fight

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The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant's dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle's founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

Established VCs turn to "super angels" to grow their network

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

Why it matters: Just like the boom in scout programs a number of years ago, it’s all about the deal flow.

Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.