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CHRONIC DISEASES IN MEN

The Illinois Department of Health has a comprehensive, informative web feature that highlights men’s health.  Read NCSL’s description and links.

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CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION

Policymakers can help reduce the prevalence, health effects and costs of chronic disease and condition.

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OVERVIEW

The 151 million Americans who are male are not always singled out as a health population, but there are issues that bring attention to this group.  Men’s average life expectancy is five years less than women’s, key public programs such as Medicaid exclude large numbers of lower income men.  Several serious diseases and chronic conditions (such as prostate cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, HIV/AIDS) affect men disproportionately.  The Affordable Care Act provides an option for significantly increased health coverage for men in states that choose the Medicaid expansion. 

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