Declining Life Expectancy in the United StatesThe Need for Social Policy as Health Policy

JAMA
February 16, 2021, Vol 325, No. 7, Pages 605-702
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/currentissue

 

Health Policy
Declining Life Expectancy in the United StatesThe Need for Social Policy as Health Policy
Atheendar S. Venkataramani, MD, PhD; Rourke O’Brien, PhD; Alexander C. Tsai, MD, PhD
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JAMA. 2021;325(7):621-622. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.26339
This Viewpoint reviews the social and economic drivers of declines in longevity in the US, especially among lower socioeconomic status groups, and proposes policy options for the Biden-Harris administration to mitigate the trend, including an increase in the federally mandated minimum wage.