This blog by Education Week links to a wealth of information showing how health care is related to education gaps.
When you think about it, it seems intuitive. Poor nutrition and hunger can lead to poor performance at school. Health problems and unwanted pregnancy contribute to absenteeism and higher drop-out rates.
One study found, "medical problems like vision disabilities and asthma disproportionately affect poor and minority children, who are also less likely to have health insurance."
Another study discovered that absenteeism rates dropped as students' health insurance improved.
With so much attention focused on the health care law's individual mandate and Medicaid provision, I came across this other bit of information you may not have thought of.
I'd never heard of the law requiring more breastfeeding rooms, that calories be listed on the menus of chain restaurants or that a good chunk of change be reserved for abstinence-only education.
Let's get beyond the conversation of politics and the dreaded "socialism" talk and whether or not Rush Limbaugh will make good on his promise to leave the United States.
Assuming this law proceeds as planned, what are the other, perhaps less obvious, implications?
How do you think it will affect YOUR child and his or her education?
What's the word on all the other strings attached?
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